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A Google Fiber van in Atlanta
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The CEO of Google Access, Gregory McCray, which oversees Google Fiber, stepped down Monday.

McCray was named CEO in February 2017 after CEO Craig Barratt resigned last year. Barratt left after layoffs were announced and plans to expand Google Fiber to nearly a dozen cities was put on hold.

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A Google Fiber van in Atlanta
Courtesy of Google Fiber

Google Fiber announced this week it's halting operations in cities where the company was in talks to bring in services, but will continue services in cities where it's already launched, like in Atlanta. 

Despite continued service, Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research said the changes could still affect operations here. 

Comcast said it will bump up data limits from 300 GB to 1 TB for customers in the nine states it serves in the Southeast.
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Starting in June, Comcast internet customers in metro Atlanta will no longer have to deal with 300 GB data caps.

This move affects heavy users in its Southeastern market, which includes nine states from Virginia to Florida.

The Philadelphia-based company said it plans to increase its data caps from 300 gigabytes to 1 terabyte. The company said most customers only use about 60 gigabytes of data per month, but that’s changing.

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The city of Atlanta gave out free tablet devices to low-income families Wednesday evening. The tablets are part of a White House-led effort to improve digital access for families who can’t afford the Internet. 

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was on hand to give out tablets to some 75 southeast Atlanta families with school-aged children.

“If our kids don’t have internet access, they’re running a race barefooted,” said Reed, speaking about the initiative. 

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, right, and Google Fiber Marketing Director Scott Levitan hold a sign announcing that Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta. Some HUD housing facilities will offer residents who qualify free Google Fiber service.
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White House officials announced a program Wednesday that aims to connect 275,000 low-income families in the U.S. with in-home Internet service. But the service isn't going to be available anytime soon in Atlanta.

The $70 million pilot program, called ConnectHome, is funded mostly through private Internet providers and foundations.