"We should be around the world. But we should also be focused on our own backyards," Microsoft President Brad Smith says. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Microsoft Courts Rural America, And Politicians, With High-Speed Internet

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A Google broadband technician installs a fiber-optic network at a home of one of the early Google Fiber customers in Kansas City, Kan., in 2012. Julie Denesha/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday. He encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Netflix On The Moon? Broadband Makes It To Deep Space

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Matthew Marcus works at his desk in the basement of Kansas City Startup Village in Kansas City, Kan., in January. The village houses several startup companies and takes advantage of the high-speed Internet. Google announced on Tuesday it would be installing its Google Fiber network in Austin, Texas, next. Orlin Wagner/AP hide caption

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Austin Is Latest Test Bed For Google's High-Speed Experiment

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