LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville non-profit organization, which currently receives free gigabit internet service, is figuring out what comes next after Google Fiber announced Thursday it will be discontinuing service in Louisville starting in April.
Neighborhood House is a community center in Portland that serves the community to help break the cycle of poverty.
“Of all of our programs our youth development program is our largest by far,” Director of Development Latara Appleby said. “Last year alone we provided quality, out of school time programming to over 350 youth. That’s giving them mentorship, meals daily and all day programming in the summer to prevent summer learning losses."
Google Fiber launched at Neighborhood House in October 2017.
Appleby said she understands it’s part of business, but she’s sad to see Google Fiber leave.
“The Google Fiber that’s been provided to us at no cost has been hugely beneficial to every part of our organization,” Appleby said. “From the community we serve, for them to be able to come here, for kids to plan for homework help or trips or do learning activities, all the way to staff who use it to plan activities or do operational needs.”
Google not only provided Neighborhood House with internet, they also updated one of their computer labs and provided funding for new furniture and Google Chromebooks.
“We’re still in the initial stages of what the impact of that -- of no longer having that -- is going to be long term,” Appleby said.
Two other non-profit organizations, Love City and De Paul School, also receive free internet from Google Fiber as part of a “Community Connections” partnership and are in the same transition.
Google Fiber is offering all three a technology sponsorship of $15,000 to help with their technology needs.