The plan will bring broadband Internet service and training to close to 200,000 low-income children, the Obama administration reportedly said.
On Wednesday, Obama announced plans to provide free Internet to some 275,000 low-income families in 28 communities across the country.
The White House calls it ConnectHome and San Antonio is one of 27 cities on the list to bridge the digital divide. “You can not connect with today’s economy without access to the Internet”. More than 50 million people now do not have regular Internet access, often due to lack of access to high-speed connections.
“We’ve been very fortunate in this community and we do a lot of things through public-private partnerships (and) this is another great example of that”. Participating cities are not required to fund ConnectHome and Metro government has not allocated funds.
Though Google is already providing a free tier of high-speed internet as a part of its Google Fiber solution, the company will be waiving the installation fee of $300 from now onwards, a move expected to be welcomed by many, stated the article.
Google Fiber is currently available in three pricing options.
The Internet, it might be said, is a web of new languages: Source codes, slang words, memes, and more. “We need to ensure America remains the land of opportunity in a changing global landscape”.
As indicated by ZDNet, Google’s new initiative is part of the ConnectHome program. “This “homework gap” runs the risk of widening the achievement gap, denying hardworking students the benefit of a technology-enriched education.”
Google said that in Manacha Village, one of the first HACA properties it engaged, over 90 percent of residents signed up for service and over half of the residents completed digital literacy training. In other areas, Cox Communications will be doing the same. Movies can be downloaded in as fast as two minutes, while Google said the high-speed service could help make advances in science and business. The program will be modeled after similar initiatives underway in Austin that involve the city’s housing authority, nonprofit groups and Austin Community College.
Broadband generally uses high-speed, fiber-optic cables to connect Internet providers with homes and link them to content and services that are changing the nature of the economy, from commerce to entertainment. They’ve got big dreams.