Google Fiber unveils 25 Mbps broadband plan for low-income families

Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) will begin offering a symmetrical 25 Mbps broadband service option to low income neighborhood residents in Kansas City, Mo., one of its first FTTH markets.

Starting on May 19, eligible customers will be able to get the symmetrical 25 Mbps service for $15 a month.

"The Broadband plan is available for residents in Fiber neighborhoods we serve with low rates of Internet connectivity," Google Fiber said on its user page. "Residents in these neighborhoods are automatically eligible to sign up for the Broadband plan."

Google Fiber said that the coverage areas will be "determined using publicly available data from the U.S. Census and Federal Communications Commission."

While the service provider will not implement any data caps or contracts, subscribers who cancel their service will be required to return their equipment to a Fiber Space within 25 days of cancelling to avoid a replacement fee.

What's interesting about the new 25 Mbps service is that it comes only days after the service provider announced it was shutting down its free 5 Mbps service.

Additionally, Google Fiber will offer a 100 Mbps tier called Fiber 100 for $50, which does not require a construction fee or contract.

Potential users can put their address into the Google Fiber website to see if they qualify.

For more:
- see this Google Fiber support page
- Broadband Reports has this article

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