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Google's fiber-optic network won't debut in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo has lost the bid to become the first test site for Google’s ultra-fast fiber-optic network.

After seeing Facebook pleas and flash mobs, and even cities temporarily renaming themselves "Google," the search engine giant announced on its official blog Wednesday it has chosen Kansas City, Kan., as the first place to get its new broadband network.

As the inaugural site for Google’s "Fiber for Communities" program, Kansas City will receive internet access that is up to 100 times faster than the broadband connection in most U.S. homes.

The service, which will provide Internet connections of 1 gigabit per second to as many as 500,000 people, will be offered beginning in 2012 while Google looks at other communities across the country.

More than 1,100 cities had made bids to become a test site for the company's fiber-optic network, trying to catch Google's attention and show their enthusiasm.

In March 2010, about 200 people turned out in San Luis Obispo for a demonstration as part of the "Bring Fiber to San Luis Obispo" initiative organized by Amy Kardel, co-founder of Clever Ducks, a computer network consulting business.

The “Bring Google Fiber to San Luis Obispo, CA!” Facebook page has more than 4,000 members.

Tribune staff writer Julia Hickey and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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