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Google gives cities yet another reason to beg for Google Fiber

Published Feb 3rd, 2016 8:35PM EST
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City governments from around the country already have lots of reasons to want Google Fiber for their residents but Google has given them another one anyway. Google on Wednesday announced that it’s going to start offering its 1Gbps Internet service to residents in public housing completely free of charge.

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“We’ll be bringing gigabit Internet service to residents in all public housing properties that we connect with Google Fiber,” Google says. “Families in these properties will be able to access some of the fastest speeds, at no cost to the housing authority or to residents.”

Google is launching this service today at the West Bluff public housing complex in Kansas City and it’s going to bring this service to public housing all other cities where it’s set up as well.

2016 is looking like the year when Google decides to expand not just to medium-sized cities but to truly giant markets. We learned late last year that Google Fiber is looking into expanding into Los Angeles and Chicago, two of America’s biggest cities. Los Angeles has a population of 3.8 million with a metropolitan area of an estimated 18.5 million people, making it the second largest city in the U.S. in terms of population. Chicago, meanwhile, is America’s third biggest city in terms of population with an estimated 2.7 million people.

All the same, Google Fiber is still only up and running in Kansas City, Austin Tex. and Provo, Utah. Markets like Atlanta, Charlotte and San Antonio are set to get it within the next year.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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