Google announced today that it’s going to bring gigabit internet to public housing in all cities where its Google Fiber service is currently available, for free. It’s starting the rollout with a property in Kansas City called West Bluff. It has wired all 100 homes with Fiber and families can now sign up to access the internet at gigabit speeds with no cost to them.
Families in public housing properties will also be able to purchase discounted devices and learn new computer skills through local ConnectHome partners like Surplus Exchange and Connecting for Good.
This is part of the ConnectHome initiative, a joint effort between private sector companies, local communities and the government to bring high-speed internet to families who may not be able to pay for conventional broadband packages.
The company says that across Kansas city it’s working with local affordable housing providers to connect up to nine properties to reach over 1,300 families in the metro area.
Google says that it plans to do the same for select public housing properties in all cities where Fiber is currently available. It’s going to work with local providers to identify which properties it’s going to connect across all of these cities.
Google will complement this $0 per month gigabit internet service by making new investments in computer labs and digital literacy classes to provide residents with the skills they need to get online.