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03/30/2011 03:03 pm ET | Updated May 30, 2011

Kansas City Getting Google's Experimental High-Speed Internet Service (VIDEO)

And the winner is... Kansas City, Kansas.

About a year ago, Google announced it would provide one community with Internet at 1 Gb/s, 100 times faster than the average connection. Over 1,100 cities applied but there was only one winner for the "Fiber" service, according to TechCrunch.

From the Google blog:

After a careful review, today we're very happy to announce that we will build our ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas. 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.

But why Kansas City (population 145,000)?

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. 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.

Topeka, Kansas had gone so far as to rename itself Google in an attempt to win, but it doesn't seem to have helped.

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