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Published March 03, 2010, 03:52 PM

Duluth hopes to be testing ground for new high-speed internet service

(WDAY TV) - Communities around America are trying to become a testing ground for Internet giant Google. The company is taking applications from cities that want to host Google's new ultra high-speed fiber Internet service.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - Communities around America are trying to become a testing ground for Internet giant Google. The company is taking applications from cities that want to host Google's new ultra high-speed fiber Internet service.

Among the areas looking to test the souped-up service is Duluth, Minnesota. Business people there say this could benefit area companies, since many of them rely on the Internet to do business.

Many users in the area are connected at a speed around one megabit per second. Google wants to make that about a thousand times faster. Among the other places interested in luring Google are Topeka, Kansas, Rochester, New York, and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"So not only does it help them out in their communication ability, but also to build products and goods and services that they can ship through the Internet all over the world."

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