In a bid to get chosen as the test site for Google’s new broadband network, the capital of Kansas, Topeka, has gone to extreme measures and have renamed their city after the search engine they so wish to impress.
For the rest of the month, the city will be known as Google, Kansas, in a move Mayor Bill Bunten hopes will make it the capital of fibre-optics. “We thought it was a clever idea,” says Bunten. “It’s just a little different, and will probably bring some attention.” Topeka, with a population of 125,000 is no stranger to name change. In 1998 the town temporarily changed its name to ToPikachu to celebrate all things video games and Pokemon.
In an announcement last month, Google explained that their proposed broadband network would provide homes with broadband speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, 100 times faster than anything currently available in America.