Decision delayed on Google Fiber for Duluth, other cities

Duluth officials had been hoping to hear by the end of the year whether they’d won the competition to have Google install a new fiber-based broadband system that would bring much faster Internet service to the city. But it’s going to be a while longer.

Twenty-four other Minnesota cities were also in the running — among the 1,100 communities around the country vying for the Google prize.

Google officials said Wednesday that there’s so much interest in the project that it’s going to take them into early 2011 to make the choice, says the Duluth News Tribune.

Duluth officials think they’ve got a good chance to win the broadband installation that will bring Internet service that 100 times what most people now get.

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