Topeka tries to woo Google by renaming city

March 04, 2010

TOPEKA, Kan. - Topeka's mayor says the city shall temporarily be referred to as "Google, Kansas - the capital city of fiber optics," in an effort to persuade the Internet giant to test an ultra-fast connection in the state capital. Mayor Bill Bunten issued the proclamation Monday after no city council members objected to the monthlong change. Bunten says the proclamation is mainly for fun, but that he hopes it will set Topeka apart from other cities vying for Google's fiber-optics experiment, including Baltimore, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Baton Rouge, La. Google didn't immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.

- Associated Press

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