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Mayor Swims With Sharks to Attract Google Fiber

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How much do you want Google's 1 Gigabit fiber? Mayors are going gaga for it.

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.

Duluth Mayor Takes on Lake Superior for Google

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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    jonpaul37 , March 22, 2010 4:48 PM
    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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    logitic , March 22, 2010 4:26 PM
    I thought the city that actually changed it's name to Google was going to win!
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    vulmer , March 22, 2010 5:01 PM
    Did anyone else notice the fish falling from the sky between seconds 1:48 and 1:52?
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    logitic , March 22, 2010 4:26 PM
    I thought the city that actually changed it's name to Google was going to win!
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    blasterth , March 22, 2010 4:30 PM
    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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    sliem , March 22, 2010 4:42 PM
    Attach*

    Also, not all sharks bite/kill humans.
    If they were piranhas, then it's a different story.
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    jonpaul37 , March 22, 2010 4:48 PM
    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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    vulmer , March 22, 2010 5:01 PM
    Did anyone else notice the fish falling from the sky between seconds 1:48 and 1:52?
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    bison88 , March 22, 2010 5:07 PM
    Google is so good at pulling off these "What would you do for a Klondike bar" PR stunts its not even funny. Some of this is embarrassing to see your Official City/State/County law makers out there on television bowing to Corporations.

    Those same cities/states/counties can simple stop signing 10 year contracts with Cable/Telco's and instead create there own local municipal broadband system like many others have rather than do this. Can't blame Google though, they are just showing Americans how desperate people really are. Comcasts 16/2 lowest plan is good for me, I don't need to watch elected officials make an ass out of themselves for attention.
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    zak_mckraken , March 22, 2010 5:19 PM
    Awwww... my clever Austin Powers reference was deleted. I'm sad now.
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    HalJordan , March 22, 2010 5:27 PM
    sliemAttach*Also, not all sharks bite/kill humans.If they were piranhas, then it's a different story.


    I agree, which is why this mayor's stunt was lackluster. Chum the water, and dress the man as a tuna; that will get people's attention!
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    HalJordan , March 22, 2010 5:33 PM
    jonpaul37really, 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...


    When you say "standard issue" do you mean government run broadband services? I know Comcast is bad, but have you ever been to the DMV, or a VA hospital?

    "Sure we will be out to hook up your high speed broadband! Let me just check the computer for an appointment date; let's see, we will be out next year between Jan 1 and Dec 31. We will need you to be at home..."
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    Pei-chen , March 22, 2010 5:34 PM
    Isn't Ann Arbor, Michigan home to a small college or prep school that uses a lot of bandwidth? Couldn’t the 300 resident there (mostly student at that high school) simply leech off their school’s internet connection?
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    Anonymous , March 22, 2010 5:37 PM
    I wish the politicians around here were that up to speed on technology. You would never find anyone willing to do something like this to improve internet access for their community around these parts. I doubt the politicians around here could program a dang VCR. BTW, I live in Chattanooga, TN, USA.

    later
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    Tedders , March 22, 2010 5:48 PM
    I know our city is going for it. Our population goes from about 35,000 people to over 80,000 during school. We have a good combination of small city but giant DIV 1 school with a lot of needs.
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    Anonymous , March 22, 2010 6:06 PM
    This is pathetic. In a cents, people would do anything for money these days, pun intended. Politicians... Best if I left this subject unsaid.
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    mrmotion , March 22, 2010 6:22 PM
    In other news... Local mayor shoots twelve people and was heard yelling "I told them I would kill for this".
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    Trueno07 , March 22, 2010 6:43 PM
    Lol everyone is so sick of Comcast's slow ass internet.

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    elel , March 22, 2010 7:07 PM
    This country kid is sitting back and laughing at the politicians.
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    m-manla , March 22, 2010 7:40 PM
    Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't do anything for California except raise taxes.
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    Von Death , March 22, 2010 7:53 PM
    I'd stick my bleeding arm into a tub of ferocious piranhas if it meant an alternative to Comcast.
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    Assmar , March 22, 2010 8:07 PM
    sliemAttach*Also, not all sharks bite/kill humans.If they were piranhas, then it's a different story.

    Piranha usually won't attack a full grown human male, unless he's injured or bleeding, or is a midget.
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    d-block , March 22, 2010 9:29 PM
    i'd much rather have the opportunity to get comcast than what i can get. the fastest where i live is 6/512, and that is at&t's fastest.
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