Durham loses Google to Kansas City

DURHAM Google, the world's leading search engine company, was looking for a community of between 50,000 and 500,000 people to give a new high-speed fiber optic network, for free.

Last March, hundreds of people gathered at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park to show Google they wanted the company to bring the new network to Durham. To make their point, the participants stood on the field and spelled-out the word "Google."

However on Wednesday, it was announced that the search engine is planning to bring its high-speed broadband network to Kansas City, Kan.

More than 1,100 cities throughout the country made bids to become a test site for the network, which would provide Internet connections of 1 gigabit per second -- more than 100 times faster than the broadband connection in most U.S. homes.

Milo Medin, Google's vice president of access services, said in choosing a city the goal was to find someplace it could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations.

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