Mayor Swims With Sharks to Attract Google Fiber

A couple of weeks back, we heard about Bill Bunten, Mayor of Topeka, and his decision to change the name of Topeka, Kansas to Google, Kansas in a bid for the search giant's 1 Gigabit fiber. It seems Bunten is not the only mayor desperate to be a part of the Internet trial.

The New York Times reports that the Mayor of Duluth, Minnesota Don Ness lept into the icy waters of Lake Superior in aid of the Special Olympics and Google's 1 Gigabit fiber. Also eager for Google's attention is the Mayor of Sarasota Florida, Richard Clapp, jumped into a tank filled with sharks and renamed City Island Google Island.

The mayors (and people) of Sarasota and Topeka are not alone. There are plenty of cities that want to be Google's trial city. With the Friday, March 26 deadline approaching, eWeek reports that Baltimore, Maryland, has launched a Web site that uses Google Maps to plot the location of more than 1,000 residents, offering their reasons for wanting the service; the people and officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan, have launched a Facebook campaign and a Web site to help their cause.

Has your city done anything to catch Google's attention? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • really, no need to name a whole City "Google" might as well name it "Japan" as they already have connections at this speed... This is not something people should have to beg for, it is something that the government should deem standard issue. No wonder why the rest of the world thinks of us Americans as retards...
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  • I thought the city that actually changed it's name to Google was going to win!
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  • I want it! But anyway with 10 times less bandwidth I can download more HD video than I can watch!
    Maybe is more useful for hosting a busy website, than for a common user.
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  • I thought the city that actually changed it's name to Google was going to win!
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  • I want it! But anyway with 10 times less bandwidth I can download more HD video than I can watch!
    Maybe is more useful for hosting a busy website, than for a common user.
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    Also, not all sharks bite/kill humans.
    If they were piranhas, then it's a different story.
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