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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) --  Google Inc. revealed Thursday that it will offer its long-awaited, ultra-fast Internet service in Kansas City for $70 per month, or only 20 percent of the rate charged for a similar service by Chattanooga's EPB.

The new gigabit-per-second Internet service in Kansas City is intended as a showcase for what's technically possible and as a testbed for the development of new ways to use the Internet. Bypassing the local cable and phone companies, Google has spent months and an unknown amount of money pulling its own optical fiber through the two-state Kansas City region.

EPB in Chattanooga beat Google to create the first "Gig City" last year by laying fiber-optic lines throughout Chattanooga and offering the fastest citywide Internet service in America. But EPB charges $350 a month for its gigabit service, which so far has attracted 19 commercial and eight residential customers in Chattanooga, EPB spokeswoman Deborah Dwyer said.

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