Google Fiber, in partnership with Salt Lake City and the nonprofit, low-income housing provider, Utah Nonprofit Housing Corporation (UNPHC), announced its second Gigabit Community in Salt Lake City, bringing no-cost super-fast gigabit Internet to low-income housing residents of Riverwood Cove Apartments.
Riverwood Cove Apartments, located at 582 Riverside Dr., Salt Lake City, houses low-income residents mostly comprised of families and youth. Residents can now sign up for Google Fiber’s top speeds - Fiber 1000 (1,000 Mbps) - at no-cost to them. All 110 units and a computer lab to some of the fastest Internet speeds in the U.S. for entertainment, employment and education opportunities.
“It is very important we work as a community to see that everyone has the opportunity to stay connected to the world around us,” said James Rogers, Salt Lake City Council Member for District 1, which includes Riverwood Cove. “These new connections will help these families take advantage of all the Internet has to offer, from education and STEM opportunities for students, to employment and digital literacy opportunities for parents.”
Additionally, Google Fiber continues to support local programs and organizations that teach digital literacy, promote STEM education, and provide faster Internet to more people. Over the past year, Google Fiber has worked to build the capacity of local organizations that are working in these areas here in Salt Lake City, like Spy Hop digital youth program, Neighborhood House programs for youth and seniors, the county Public Housing Authority, and the Salt Lake City School District. Also, as a result of Google Fiber and NTEN’s Digital Inclusion Fellowship program, Salt Lake City’s Main Library now has a full-time employee working to narrow the digital divide and build digitally skilled communities.
“We are thrilled to bring Google Fiber to the residents and families of Riverwood Cove, as it’s a great end to a year of work and continued dedication to increasing digital literacy and narrowing the digital divide in Salt Lake City,” said Jacob Brace, Community Impact Manager for Google Fiber “Digital inclusion is essential to the success of our communities, and we will continue our efforts to increase access to gigabit Internet and all the tools and possibilities that come with it, for those who need it most.”
In addition to serving customers in Salt Lake City, Google Fiber also provides service to residents and businesses in Provo, along with nine other metro areas across the United States.
Google Fiber is a super fast Internet and TV service built on a fiber network. Fiber offers Internet speeds up to 1,000 mbps - 1 gigabit - along with TV service that includes 220+ channels and a DVR that records eight shows at once. For more information on Google Fiber, visit fiber.google.com.