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Associated Press, Published March 31 2011

Google chooses Kansas City over Duluth for fiber broadband network; but all hope may not be lost

DULUTH — It was not for a lack of effort. Duluth officials spent countless hours and thousands of dollars trying to lure Google's high-speed fiber broadband network to the northeastern Minnesota city.

Google representatives recently visited Duluth, among hundreds of communities under consideration for the network. The city even produced a movie to try to attract Google. But, the company says it's going with Kansas City. The company blogged Wednesday that it had signed a development agreement with Kansas City.

Google public affairs representative Dan Martin hinted to the Duluth News Tribune that the city may have another opportunity. Martin says Google is looking at ways to bring ultra-high speeds to other cities across the country.

Twin Ports Google Fiber Team member Joe Reasbeck says it may not be over.