Mountain View, Calif. – After receiving nearly 1,100 pitches
from cities and towns across the country, Google (NASD: GOOG) officially
picked Kansas City, Kansas as the site of its planned ultra-high-speed fiber
network, which the company said will feature Internet speeds 100 times faster
than most Americans currently experience.

"We’ve signed a development
agreement with the city, and we’ll be working closely with local organizations,
businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the
community," Google wrote in its blog.

"In selecting a city, our goal
was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the
community and develop relationships with local government and community
organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City."

Pending approval from the
city’s board of commissioners, Google said it plans to offer service beginning
in 2012.


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(Google blog)