Google joins with ConnectHome, a White House and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Initiative to provide free home internet service to low income and public housing residents. Google is not the first to partner with the ConnectHome Initiative. Comcast has already paved the way with its low cost $9.99 Internet Essentials package geared its low income residents.
Google will start in Atlanta, Durham, Nashville and Kansas City with hopes to expand to all current and future Google Fiber markets. ConnectHome stemmed from a White House study “Mapping the Digital Divide” where President Obama states “Today high speed broadband is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.” – President Obama, January 14, 2015. The plan is to allow access to internet for school aged children at home.
While the study is based on the use of internet at home it does not show much data on the mobile data plan usage that many use as basic internet connectivity.