Google needs more time to pick broadband community

WASHINGTON (AP) - Google Inc. said it is not quite ready to decide where it will build an experimental, ultra-high-speed broadband network that will provide Internet connections that are 100 times faster than the connections most Americans get from their phone and cable companies today.

In February, Google announced plans to build a handful of test-bed fiber-optic networks to deliver Internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second to as many as 500,000 Americans. The company had planned to pick locations for the new network or networks by the end of the year.

But in a blog post on Wednesday, Google said that after hearing from nearly 1,100 interested communities, it needs a little more time to decide. The company said it hopes to make a final selection by early next year.

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