Topeka (Sorta) Changes Its Name To Google, In Blatant Suck Up For Fiber

from the we're-still-in-kansas,-toto dept

With Google's announcement that it plans to roll out super fast fiber to the home services in a few small locations, there are plenty of cities and towns hoping to be among the lucky few. But who knew it was a contest? Apparently the folks in Topeka, Kansas think that sucking up to the big G is the path to fiber optic nirvana. They've proclaimed that, for the month of March, Topeka shall be referred to as Google, Kansas. It's not a legal name change -- which (not surprisingly) would be a lot more complex, and likely wouldn't pass -- but just a proclamation that the city should be called Google for the month.

Of course, cities renaming themselves after tech companies isn't all that new. Over a decade ago, some town in Oregon renamed itself Half.com in a PR stunt by the startup (which was later bought by eBay). And, a few years ago, a small town in Texas renamed itself Dish, Texas after EchoStar's Dish Network, in exchange for every house in the town getting a free DVR and free satellite TV for 10 years. But this is the first time I've heard of a city pre-emptively (sorta) renaming itself to curry favor with a company.

But, if it works... I'm more than willing to rename my house Chez Google, if it means 1 gigabit per second fiber. Hell, I'm pretty sure I could convince all of the neighbors on my street to rename our street Google Ave. Just let us know...


Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1.  
    icon
    :Lobo Santo (profile), Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 8:46am

    Heh

    Right there with ya bro, got everybody I can convince at ASU telling Google why it should be Tempe, AZ that gets fiber.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2.  
    icon
    johnjac (profile), Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 8:51am

    Google Tatto

    The 1st mayor to get a google tatto wins.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3.  
    icon
    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 8:51am

    It is a contest

    Mike, it is a contest. If you go to the nomination site they suggest video submissions, like Survivor.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 8:53am

    Why stop there when you could have a child known as google Masnick?!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5.  
    identicon
    Brandon, Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 9:07am

    Maybe I should suggest that here. The Indianapolis suburb I live in is trying to get Google to install that network here. They've sent out fliers and mailings telling people to go to some Google website and fill out a survey to help nominate and promote the town to Google.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 9:40am

    I live 1hr away from Halfway Oregon..... I thought the name change was kinda funny.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7.  
    icon
    DV Henkel-Wallace (profile), Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 9:43am

    Longstanding precedent

    Check out Truth or Consequences New Mexico. Or rather, just check it out online; I've been there and there's not much to write home about (apologies to all you Techdirt readers from T&C).

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8.  
    identicon
    Danny, Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 9:45am

    Rename the sports teams

    All the schools should rename their team names to the Googles. It would be weird for the mascot (especially if they got the mascot to change his/her look every day like the way google changes its logo everyday) but it would be funny.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9.  
    identicon
    Google G. Google.com, Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 9:46am

    1 Gigabit Ethernet

    I would change my first or last name to google to get that.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  10.  
    icon
    Danny (profile), Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 9:48am

    Re: Rename the sports teams

    Perhaps all posters should change their name to Danny. :-)

    Rather than claim copyright or trademark on my name, I welcome the competition!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  11.  
    identicon
    Danny, Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 9:55am

    Re: Re: Rename the sports teams

    Perhaps all posters should change their name to Danny. :-)

    Maybe if I were a mega corporation like Google it would be worth it for towns to suck up to me. But alas....

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  12.  
    identicon
    TriZz, Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 9:55am

    It's like the fat kid waving his arms and screaming "pick me! pick me!" before every dodgeball game. He always gets picked last...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  13.  
    identicon
    Beta, Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 10:04am

    How is this different from nothing?

    And what's the penalty for refusing to go along with this joke? I imagine the telephone operators, postmasters, notaries public and 911 coordinators aren't paying much attention to it. I doubt that birth, death or marriage certificates will show it, or train schedules, or, well... anything except the legislative minutes and a few pieces of editorial fluff. And these legislators get paid how much per hour?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  14.  
    identicon
    RobTheBold, Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 10:20am

    Center of Google Earth

    The center of Google Earth is only a few miles East of Topeka -- I mean Google -- Kansas.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  15.  
    identicon
    Whisk33, Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 10:22am

    Don't you think something else would be better...
    maybe your development could be "Google Street Vista"
    Is what I did there...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  16.  
    icon
    Greevar (profile), Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 12:05pm

    Well now. Isn't this interesting? Somebody mentions offering 1 Gbit internet and every municipality is clamoring to get the honor. This just goes to show how much people really want something more than 1.5 Mbit internet service. Take note telecoms.

    "A 100 meg is just a dream," Qwest Communications International Inc Chief Executive Edward Mueller told Reuters. "We couldn't afford it."

    Then Japan and Korea must have magic internet fairies.

    "First, we don't think the customer wants that. Secondly, if (Google has) invented some technology, we'd love to partner with them," Mueller added.

    Translation: "We don't think people want it for the price we'll charge..."

    Source

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  17.  
    identicon
    William Robins, Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 9:14pm

    Topeka/Google/Rev Fred

    I've even heard that Fred Phelps is going to rename his compound Google against Gays in order to get fiber. Of course he has it all mixed up, thinking the fiber is for regularity.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  18.  
    icon
    Dementia (profile), Mar 3rd, 2010 @ 5:51am

    I would love to have access to even 1.5 megabit service. I wonder if there interested in putting it out here so even the cows can surf the web?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
A word from our sponsors...
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
A word from our sponsors...
Recent Stories
A word from our sponsors...

Close

Email This