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Topeka renames itself to ‘Google’ in an effort to lure tech company’s fiber optic plan

March 2, 2010, 10:06 a.m. Updated March 2, 2010, 12:48 p.m.

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— 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.

"I support pushing the 'send' button," Councilman Jeff Preisner said.

Bunten said the proclamation was "more fun than anything else," but that he hoped it would set Topeka apart from other cities vying for Google's attention, which include Grand Rapids, Mich., and Baton Rouge, La.

He said he hoped the proclamation would encourage Topekans to recognize and support efforts to lure Google to conduct its fiber optics experiment in the city.

Google didn't immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.

City attorney Jackie Williams told the council that the city could not legally change its name to anything for a short time and then change it back, but that he saw no problem with Bunten's proclamation calling for Topeka to be referred to as "Google."

Shawnee County Web administrator David Eldridge said the county was conducting an online survey through Saturday to determine interest among residents in Google's ultra-high speed Internet service.

"We will use it to better understand local interest and may use portions of it in an application to Google to bring the fiber experiment here," he said.

Comments

Steven Gaudreau 4 years, 1 month ago

Can you believe it! A city actually trying to lure new business and jobs! What a bunch of morons.

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porch_person 4 years, 1 month ago

(laughter)

I feel a blog coming on.

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BMI 4 years, 1 month ago

Kobe, Kansas, It's what's for Dinner

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porch_person 4 years, 1 month ago

I do. I've been laughing my a** off over here.

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blue73harley 4 years, 1 month ago

I hope you mean that in a good way, Porch! :-)

I'll leave with one final product placement suggestion for the pandering Topekans.

Kenmore, Kansas - Home on the Range.

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porch_person 4 years, 1 month ago

I think blue73harley owns this thread.

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blue73harley 4 years, 1 month ago

And, since we shouldn't forget the ladies -

KY Intense, Kansas - The Land of Ahhhhs.

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blue73harley 4 years, 1 month ago

Viagra, Kansas - As Big as You Think!

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porch_person 4 years, 1 month ago

ivalueamerica,

In this hour of darkness,

you're not helping.

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blue73harley 4 years, 1 month ago

Maybe I should start a blog - What Company Should Topeka Whore Itself Out to Next?

Country Club Malt Liquor, Kansas - Home of the 40 Oz.

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ivalueamerica 4 years, 1 month ago

I can not believe that there are 42 comments and no one seems to remember topikachu

In 1998 Topeka renamed itself for the Pokemon card craze...to TOPIKACHU

http://cjonline.com/stories/082798/com_pokemoninvasion.shtml

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 1 month ago

Worth repeating: snap_pop_no_crackle (anonymous) says... Topeka, just like Wichita but without Wichita's glamor and sophistication.

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blue73harley 4 years, 1 month ago

Yahoo would definitely be a more appropriate name for Topeka.

"Lawrence store robbed by Yahoo's...."

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porch_person 4 years, 1 month ago

God, No!! This isn't real, is it?

Ok, all those people who thought Tom Frank's book ("What's the matter with Kansas?") was just bitching?????

Case closed.

(pulls cap down over eyes, tries to be inconspicuous)

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mdrndgtl 4 years, 1 month ago

This article brought to you by The World Company. Well played, Topeka.

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shadowbox66044 4 years, 1 month ago

I hope Google realizes that Topeka is nothing more then an Error 404!

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shadowbox66044 4 years, 1 month ago

"Kansas, as Googled as you think."

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shadowbox66044 4 years, 1 month ago

Hey BrianR, that's nice, but who are the chefs?

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shadowbox66044 4 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if Fred Phelps and his gang are going to picket the capital building with signs that say "God Hates Google"

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BrianR 4 years, 1 month ago

Excellent! For the month of March, we should rename Lawrence - Great Googly Moogly.

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shadowbox66044 4 years, 1 month ago

Google's going to need more then McAfee to protect itself from the Topeka thugs!

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bliddel 4 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps when they are finished, we can refer to them as Giggle, Kansas. :<)

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headdoctor 4 years, 1 month ago

riverdrifter (anonymous) says... ^^ Doctor, activate your sarcasm sensor.


It works just fine. I didn't want snap to get clean away with a free shot otherwise we might have to see it posted 5 or 6 more times.

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Sigmund 4 years, 1 month ago

"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."

One word, "Nerdolific!"

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 1 month ago

I have a name for Topeka too. however it's not as attractive as an existing internet tech company name.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 1 month ago

oh come on, all KS towns have boring news most of the time. but this google thing is just a lame-o attempt at publicity on topeka's part and yes, like pizzapete said, it seems desperate.

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justforfun 4 years, 1 month ago

And in other headline news, Lawrence, Ks......"City takes aim at abandoned vehicles" Well at least Topeka is trying to get new business

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 1 month ago

i'd take wichita over topeka anytime. have been to both towns many times over and wichita wins hands down.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 1 month ago

Your search with Google, Ks for the term "thug" found 40,000 results

link 1 ordered by most relevance: Phelps, Fred

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beatrice 4 years, 1 month ago

If I lived in Topeka I wouldn't want to admit it and would want to change the name, too.

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Shane Rogers 4 years, 1 month ago

Surely we're all the victims of a hidden camera show....because this is a joke.

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Jeremy DeBoard 4 years, 1 month ago

Is renaming your city a new hip way of getting attention from companies?

I don't see any other places renaming themselves Ford, Honda, Boeing or , do you?

This makes us look like idiots, and even bigger ones if Google chooses a different location. Personally I would go elsewhere, because having someone (in this case, someplace) naming itself after me to get my attention, I would steer as clear as I could from them (it).

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nut_case 4 years, 1 month ago

If they only understood - or even knew of - google's stance on privacy and data gathering, they would stay far, far away.

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anonyname 4 years, 1 month ago

That's just stupid. If I'm making the decisions for Google, local politics like this would make me less likely to choose the city referred to in the article, no matter what name they feel like using at any particular time.

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fleeba 4 years, 1 month ago

I thought Lawrence should have been the test site anyways.. after all, we ARE the center of the Google earth program.

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Keith 4 years, 1 month ago

Topeka may have changed their name, but we have a man on the inside, Brian McClendon.

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cthulhu_4_president 4 years, 1 month ago

shadowbox66044 (anonymous) says... Great, now we're going to be assaulted by computer nerds.


Ironic that without the help of at least one computer nerd, genius comments like this would never see the light of the interweb.

Do you like your digital outlet of expression? Thank a nerd!

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riverdrifter 4 years, 1 month ago

^^ Doctor, activate your sarcasm sensor.

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headdoctor 4 years, 1 month ago

snap_pop_no_crackle (anonymous) says... Topeka, just like Wichita but without Wichita's glamor and sophistication.


Wichita's glamor and sophistication? Snap, have been sniffing to much crack? They are both just over grown farm towns. One with a little more planning is all.

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macon47 4 years, 1 month ago

MORE CREATIVE THAN LAWRENCE first the commissioners would have to write a letter and they hire a consultant for 80 grand to study it .

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crimsonlaugh 4 years, 1 month ago

I think it's a great idea. They have a good effort going over there.

Good luck to them!

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 1 month ago

Topeka, just like Wichita but without Wichita's glamor and sophistication.

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phaedruscj 4 years, 1 month ago

Its not like Topeka lost to Oklahoma State.

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Pywacket 4 years, 1 month ago

When I saw that headline, I was sure this was going to be a funny Roe blog. Dang it. Roe (or Multi or Autie) could've written a much better Onionesque article on the idea of Topeka changing its name.

As for Topeka's city attorney seeing "no problem" with a proclamation calling for the city to refer to itself as "Google," just wait until the real Google sues for defamation of character!

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shadowbox66044 4 years, 1 month ago

Great, now we're going to be assaulted by computer nerds.

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Pugmom3 4 years, 1 month ago

OH BOY here goes a bunch of new jokes that will gag all of us

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jehovah_bob 4 years, 1 month ago

I prefer the old referral of Topuka.

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