A national effort to bridge the digital divide hit an early milestone Wednesday as U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro announced that 100 apartments at the West Bluffs public housing complex in Kansas City now have Google Fiber Internet service at no cost to residents.
Those residents are the first of 1,300 families in the Kansas City area, and 275,000 across the country, who will receive free or subsidized Internet access through the federal ConnectHome program.
Excitement and pride were common sentiments expressed Wednesday by program officials, private-sector representatives and housing complex residents, who now have access to Internet service that many Americans take for granted.
A group of local agencies and businesses has agreed to assist the ConnectHome effort by providing residents with technology training and access to low-cost computers and other equipment.
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