When Google Fiber selected Austin, Texas as the second US city to receive its gigabit broadband Internet service, it awarded free high-speed broadband connectivity to 100 community institutions, including the Austin Children’s Shelter, United Way, the Red Cross, every public library in Austin, and the Housing Authority of the City of Austin’s (HACA’s) Booker T. Washington multifamily property. At Booker T. Washington, the Google Fiber plan calls for installing broadband access for residents in a community computer lab, which includes classroom space and a workforce development site. This case study examines the partnership between Google Fiber and Austin’s Housing Authority and how they are working together to bring in-home connectivity to broadband Internet to public housing residents.
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