US city changes its name to Google

When Google announced it would connect the US city of Topeka with a 1gbps fibre network for free, the mayor promptly renamed the city “Google” for the month of March.

The internet firm has been trialling a 50,000-user 1gbps fibre optic network as part of its “Think Big With A Gig” project.

Now the company is looking for towns in which to deploy more networks, each for between 50,000 and 500,000 people, and the result is a manic competition between America’s mayors.

One city, Duluth, made a mock proclamation that all males born in the town would be christened “Google Fibre”.

Another town invented a flavour of ice-cream dubbed “Google Fibre”.

Other mayors have gone in for stunts including swimming in a tankful of sharks, jumping out of planes and swimming in an iced-up lake – all to draw attention to their bid to win the Google offer.

Described by some commentators as great way to kick-start fibre deployment to the home, Downtime wonders whether Boris Johnson would be willing to jump off Tower Bridge if Google made the same offer in London.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchCIO

SearchSecurity

SearchNetworking

SearchDataCenter

SearchDataManagement

Close