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Google tests ultra-high-speed Internet service

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Now when you search Google, add blazing Internet speed to the list of answers you can find. The search engine giant is touting a new discovery that will revolutionize the way you use the Internet.

If you've used the Internet before, you've played the waiting game. You've waited for a site to load, you've waited to download files, and you've waited to upload photos. Wait no more. Google has announced an ultra-super-speed network that promises to -- wait for it -- end your waiting woes.

"Google Fiber starts with Internet speeds up to a gigabyte a second, that's a thousand megabytes a second," said Milo Medin, the vice president of Google Access Services. "It's Internet 100 times faster than what most Americans have today."

And just how fast is 100 times faster?

"If you were in a car that moved 100 times faster than another car, and both cars left from Kansas City going to New York, the car going faster would be there in New York, before the other car left Missouri," Medin said.

Google officials introduced its lightning speed network in Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas. Google has been adding fiber lines to the city's metro area for the past several months, naming both areas as the first in the nation to receive its broadband service.

Google Fiber allows users to upload and download their photos simultaneously, and open multiple browser windows and play videos at the same time. Even Google street images appear almost instantaneously. Users can also store their documents in one place on the Web with the assurance that they can be retrieved with one click.

"The access network hasn't kept up with the rest of the Internet, and it's great that things have gotten a little faster, but we can do better," Medin said. "You know what? We can do a lot better."

Google Fiber will also provide a television service for around $120 a month, including the ability to watch and record up to eight shows at once. It is currently only available in Kansas City. There is no word yet on when it will expand to our area.

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