Mountain View, Calif. -- After receiving nearly 1,100 pitches from cities and towns across the country, Mountain View-based Google officially picked Kansas City, Kansas as the site of its planned ultra-high-speed fiber network, which the company said will feature Internet speeds 100 times faster than most Americans currently experience. "We've signed a development agreement with the city, and we'll be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community," Google wrote in its blog. "In selecting a city, our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City." Pending approval from the city's board of commissioners, Google said it plans to offer service beginning in 2012.