Soon, the U.S. will have public housing with strong fiber, by Google, as the internet giant will be working to provide free internet to those citizens of the U.S. which don’t fare so well when it comes to income. As the idea of a free-of-charge connection for everyone is becoming a reality, we’re looking at a future when you won’t have to pay to check your e-mail.
The Obama Administration has just launched an initiative to provide internet to as many as 275 thousand public as well as affordable housing estates. These homes were given to people through the U.S.’s HUD program to provide houses to social categories with low or below average income. The official statement by the White House specifically mentions students which already have a lot to spend their little money on.
This plan which will be put in motion with the help of Google Fiber would provide internet for as low as $0 per month. In some cases, the price may jump to $9.95, in certain cases. The broadband speed delivered by the service is 1GB per second. The normal price for this speed would be about $70 every month.
The service will be made available widely, in 28 public housing communities across the U.S.
Currently the program is already underway in Google Fiber locations like Provo and Kansas City in Utah, and Austin, Texas. Google plans to expand its presence to Phoenix and Portland.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development of the U.S. (HUD) aims to bring the ConnectHome program to all the public and affordable housings throughout the U.S., including one tribal area from Oklahoma in Durant. In the Native tribe there, there live 425 people.
The reasoning behind this move by the White House is to provide internet for the students which cannot afford a monthly subscription. This will assure that they get their tasks on time, and that they hand in their homework without any delays.
Along with this announcement, Google’s said that it will also launch programs to help people who have not had the chance to learn how to use a computer, or how the internet works. This is part of a general strategy of Google to bring internet to everyone, all over the world, as it is becoming more and more a utility, while ceasing to be just a commodity.
In many spaces of the modern world, people are paying their internet bills along with their water, heating and energy bills, and whatever other utilities around the house. This is also true for phone bills, and to a lesser extent for TV. It is a known fact that while TV subscriptions are becoming less popular, while internet subscriptions are becoming a must.
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