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The University of Missouri announced Wednesday that is joining an effort by some of the country's top colleges to build "ultra" high-speed data networks in their local communities.

The project is known as Gig.U: The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project.

The 29 participating schools include Arizona State, Duke, Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Florida, and Wake Forest University. The Aspen Institute, a Colorado-based nonprofit, initiated the effort.

The schools and their local partners will solicit...

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