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What's the Capital of Kansas? Google



April 29, 2010 By

It's not Topeka, Kan., anymore. At least it wasn't for the month of March. Under a formal proclamation issued by Mayor Bill Bunten, the capital of the Sunflower State became known as Google, Kan. - "the capital city of fiber optics."

Topeka's temporary moniker was perhaps the most offbeat publicity stunt among several U.S. cities that were angling for a spot in Google's new Fiber for Communities program. Announced in February, the Web search giant planned to pick one or more cities for its pilot project, offering an ultra-high speed, 1 GB per second network at a "competitive price." The experiment had citizens salivating at the thought of Internet speeds 100 times faster than what's available in average American households.

The idea of Topeka's name change "came pretty much out of the blue," Bunten said. "Everybody thought it was a fun idea, so we just went forward with it."

Cities had until March 26 to express their interest in Google's fiber-optic broadband test. According to Google, the winning city or cities will be announced "some time this year."

Economic Development Wanted

Bunten wasn't fighting for Google's attention for his own benefit. He wants faster connections in Topeka to grow jobs and show younger generations it's more than "a good place to grow potatoes," which is what the city's name means in indigenous languages.


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Solomon    |    Commented March 27, 2012

just give me the answer already!!!!!!!!!!!

Duana Guinty    |    Commented August 29, 2012

OH MY GOSH! read your article looking for Host Hackrs in Kansas City so neat that this test is being done would be great to see Fiber, everywhere in Ks. and Topeka willing to be called Google Ksn. Nice complements to the good folks of Ks hope I'm sure you will get some good Hosts.


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