Google offers free gigabit internet to US public housing residents

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Google announced last year it will provide free gigabit internet to public housing properties connected with Google Fiber in the US.

Internet speeds have been on the rise in the US for a while now, but not everyone gets access to this improvement at once. This is where Google comes in.

Public housing in the US are federal properties that are offered to low-income households. Some of these properties are now connected with Google Fiber. Google is keeping its promise, giving these residents internet for free.

The programme is a collaboration between Google and ConnectHome, an initiative created by the White House and US Department of Housing and Urban Development to combat digital divide by connecting thousands of public housing residents to broadband internet. The aim of the programme is to reduce the gap between the haves and the have-nots.

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