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Duluth sad as Google selects Kansas City for high-speed Internet launch

Duluth was in the running to the very end, but Google announced this morning that it has selected Kansas City as the rollout location for its super-fast broadband network.

They say it will be 100 times faster than what most people have today.

More than 1,000 cities submitted bids for the network, and Duluth officials figured they had a good chance.

Google said it was looking for a place where it:

“…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. We’ll be working closely with local organizations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the gigabit applications of the future.”

Part of Duluth’s bid for the network was a funny YouTube video press conference spoof, promising, among other things, that every first-born male living in the city will be known as Google Fiber, and first-born females will be Google-ette Fiber. They were going to keep their last names.

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