Google: “What’s Your Name?” Topeka, Kansas: “What Do You Want It to Be?”



Apparently Google’s promise to bring ultra-fast broadband to select communities has small towns in a tizzy.

I was pleasantly surprised to see neighboring Durham, North Carolina step up to the plate:

After Google put out an RFI, or request for information, on the company’s blog on Feb. 10, about 50 people gathered at the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce last week to form groups helping the city of Durham gather information for an application.

The possibility of getting Google Fiber in Durham has also generated much enthusiasm online. A Facebook group has been formed with nearly 700 fans, and a Web site has been created at www.hifiberdurham.com, where people can submit ideas on how they would use the ultra-high speed network.

Oh Durham, you’re going to have to try harder.

Apparently the people of Topeka, Kansas, want Google broadband so bad, they are willing to change the city’s name to Google, Kansa–albeit not officially:

Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten signed a proclamation Monday calling for Topeka to be known for the month of March as “Google, Kansas — the capital city of fiber optics.” Bunten told city council members about the proclamation prior to a special meeting of the council held at noon at City Hall to hear the first reading of a proposal that wasn’t linked to local efforts to convince Google to make Topeka a test site for an ultrafast Internet connection.

That’s going all in!

However, this is not the first time that Topeka has changed its name. Back in 1998 the city changed its name to “ToPikachu” in recognition of the launch of Pokemon/Pikachu franchise.

Rumors are that if the Google thing doesn’t work out for them, residents can look forward to the city being renamed Tapioca Pudding, Kansas. It won’t bring them free broadband, but they’ll have pudding, so won’t care! ;-)

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  • http://www.marketingpilgrim.com Jordan McCollum

    Go D-town!

    Topeka. Those name floozies ;) .

    • http://www.GetFoundFirst.com Get Found First

      ToPikachu. Wow, that is hillarious. Great article Andy.

  • http://erayne.com Bill @ Edward Rayne

    As a web developer from Topeka I was very surprised by the level of support around town. As of right now we have 10,770 facebook fans and a lot of grass roots events planned. Whether Google chooses us or not we are getting a lot of people excited about improving our city. Hopefully other cities are seeing the same effect.

    Thanks for helping to spread the word. When this is over you should swing by and I’ll buy you a pudding while you surf our super fast internet :)
    .-= Bill @ Edward Rayne´s last blog ..Content Strategies =-.

    • http://www.marketingpilgrim.com Andy Beal

      Hah, sounds like a deal to me!