Monday, July 20, 2015

Low-Income Houses To Receive Free Internet From Google

Google seems to be continuing its plan of offering cheaper consumer technology products in an attempt to grow the market with people who may otherwise be unable to afford it. Google's latest venture? Offering free internet to low-income houses.

The White House project is calling this program ConnectHome. It will be releasing in all current and future Google Fiber markets, including Nashville, Atlanta, Kansas City and Durham. Soon, it will also branch out to cities like Portland, Salt Lake City, San Jose and Phoenix.

Erica Swanson, the head of community impact at Google Fiber, says that providing an Internet connection is only one piece of the puzzle. They are teaming up with ConnectHome and local community groups to develop basic computer skills training and create computer labs to host these trainings in all of their Fiber markets.

CenturyLink will also be part of ConnectHome by offering Internet to HUD homes in Seattle for $10/month in the first year and $15/month for the next four years after. The Google Internet package will be free every month with free installation.

This announcement comes right after Google's announcement of Project Fi, a new wireless program from the SEO giant. Project Fi will allow Google to work in close partnership with phone carriers, hardware manufacturers and users to explore new ways for people to connect and communicate. The service will run you $20 a month for basic talk, text and WiFi connectvity plus an additional $10 a month for every GB of data you plan on using.

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