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Topeka, Kansas Changes Name to Google (Really)

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Topeka, Kansas is no longer Topeka, Kansas.

Desperate for a slice of Google's 1 Gigabit fiber, Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten yesterday signed a proclamation calling for Topeka to be known as "Google, Kansas — the capital city of fiber optics."

The Topeka Capital Journal reports that Bunten told city council members about the proclamation and none of them had any problem with it. "I support pushing the 'send' button," Councilman Jeff Preisner said. Bunten later said that the move was, "more 'fun' than anything else," and that he hopes it will set Topeka aside from the other cities eager to be part of the test market for Google's superspeed Internet.

The change of name will stand only for the month of March. Come April, Topeka will be Topeka again. But for how long? The city is no stranger to name changes, after all. CJonline reports that in 1998, Mayor Joan Wagnon changed the name of the city from Topeka to "ToPikachu." The name-change coincided with the nationwide kick-off of the Pokemon franchise.

Topeka can't legally change its name and then change it back again, but a legal advisor told the Mayor that issuing a proclamation is perfectly alright.

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    icepick314 , March 2, 2010 1:25 PM
    padliusThey agreed to be dominated by most powerful search engine. For every city who will want for that 1gb/s will have to sell their soul/name. I can imagine Google D.C.


    I would sell MY sould for 1gb/s fiber optic internet!!!!!

    I HATE COMCAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Anonymous , March 2, 2010 1:50 PM
    Oh dear... It's seems Google Earth won't be just a program some day...
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    deadlockedworld , March 2, 2010 1:28 PM
    Amen. Comcast is the devil!
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  • 27 Hide
    icepick314 , March 2, 2010 1:25 PM
    padliusThey agreed to be dominated by most powerful search engine. For every city who will want for that 1gb/s will have to sell their soul/name. I can imagine Google D.C.


    I would sell MY sould for 1gb/s fiber optic internet!!!!!

    I HATE COMCAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    deadlockedworld , March 2, 2010 1:28 PM
    Amen. Comcast is the devil!
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    drksilenc , March 2, 2010 1:33 PM
    dont u mean comcr@p... horrible phone system just horrible. im an it pro that usually fixes his problems himself but when the bring the network down for repair without prior knowledge i get really tweaked. but by far the most annoying thing is there phone system 123 for billing and all that junk but if you go for troubleshooting u have to mash like 20 buttons to talk to a person
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    Steven Bancroft , March 2, 2010 1:35 PM
    Interesting ploy. I have to admit that if it works, I would definitely be interested in traveling there to give it a whirl. I supposed that living in the middle of Kansas it should be a citizens right to have gigabit internet.
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    bison88 , March 2, 2010 1:38 PM
    Google and Microsoft Uber Alles Ubbeeerrr Alllleesss
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    Sabiancym , March 2, 2010 1:38 PM
    I feel bad for people living in Kansas. Give it to them.
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    dkArchon , March 2, 2010 1:38 PM
    Topeka is a hell hole... Im not far from there. That city is just a trash heap. White trash central! Its Zip codes all start with "666" if that gives you any idea...
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    technuttso , March 2, 2010 1:39 PM
    That is how i heard about Topeka, here in Italy. Long live Topeka,Kansas!,huh?...chmm!!, sorry..Google, Kansas!
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    Hupiscratch , March 2, 2010 1:50 PM
    ToPikachu???!?!?!? WHATAHELL?
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    Anonymous , March 2, 2010 1:50 PM
    Oh dear... It's seems Google Earth won't be just a program some day...
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    amdchuck , March 2, 2010 1:54 PM
    that disconnected "public servant" is probably the only one in Topeka who could even afford such service....
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    Yoder54 , March 2, 2010 1:56 PM
    It is the appropriate thing to do for a cultural black hole such as Topeka...infinite in size it is.
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    victomofreality , March 2, 2010 1:59 PM
    Yet another step towards Google's world domination.

    I would like to take this chance to swear allegiance to the Google now so I don't seem like a bandwagon jumper when they make their move :p 
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    Clintonio , March 2, 2010 2:06 PM
    My Googlemeter is off the charts!
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    greatsaltedone , March 2, 2010 2:07 PM
    One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; google will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new overlords. I’d like to remind them that I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground fiber optics caves.
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    Steven Bancroft , March 2, 2010 2:20 PM
    GreatSaltedOneOne thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; google will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new overlords. I’d like to remind them that I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground fiber optics caves.

    I'm with you, better the evil you know right? Command me oh great Google!
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    JohnnyLucky , March 2, 2010 2:23 PM
    roflmao :lol: 
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    jitpublisher , March 2, 2010 2:30 PM
    Too funny on the name change, I used to live in Kansas years ago, Land of Ahs! HA HA. But I gotta agree with some of you about Comcast. I don't really have a problem with my internet speed, it is plenty fast for me, I can download a gig in about 30 minutes. Long, long way from the AOL dialup days. But everything else about Comcast is horrible, from customer service, even to simple things like the way the menu is displayed and works for cable TV, I can think of nothing else good to say about them. If there way an alternative to fast internet where I lived, I dump the whole stinking Camcast deal in a heart beat. Lets go Google!
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    kingnoobe , March 2, 2010 2:36 PM
    I'm with you victom.. And hell if we're gonna have somebody going for domination who better to end up being under then google anyways. Better then apple/microsoft. Oil companys can only hold on to this world for so long, but once google takes over it's theirs forever!
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