CenturyLink Inc. will roll out 1 gigabit per second Internet service to the Twin Cities market, the company recently announced.

The service will initially only be available to a "broad cross-section" of small-business and residential customers, but will expand over time, CenturyLink said.

The 1-gig service offers the same speeds as Google Fiber, which isn't available in the Twin Cities and is about 100 times faster than the average U.S. broadband speed of 10 megabits per second.

Minnetonka-based U.S. Internet also offers 1-gig service, but only to residential customers in some Minneapolis neighborhoods. 

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