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Google giving housing projects fast, free Internet

A technician gets cabling out of his truck to install Google Fiber.
George Frey | Reuters
A technician gets cabling out of his truck to install Google Fiber.

Google is planning to give residents of housing projects across the U.S. free access to Fiber, its high-speed Internet, the company announced Wednesday.

As part of the program's unveiling, Google said it had already completed installing gigabit Internet service in West Bluff, a 100-unit public housing complex in Kansas City, Missouri.

"For low income families, access to the Internet can mean the difference between thriving or falling behind," the company noted, in a blog post announcing the initiative. " ... we're proud to make some of the fastest Internet more available and accessible to those who need it most."

Google Fiber's plan is part of a broader push by the White House and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to increase Internet access among families living in public housing.

Google said it hopes to reach more than 1,300 families in the Kansas City area, and, eventually, install fast Internet in housing projects in all cities where Google Fiber is available.