Topeka 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.