Across the nation, mayors,
civic boosters and city residents arepandering to Google like never before.
That's because the search giant has promised to build a lighting-fast
broadband network in one or more American cities. We first checked in on
this phenomenon when the mayor of Topeka, Kansas unofficially changed
the city's name to Google, Kansas.
That was just the
beginning. In Sarasota, Florida the mayor swam with sharks. In Duluth, Minnesota the
mayor jumped into the icy waters of Lake Superior. The
allure of 1Gb/sec fiber, which delivers speeds 100 times faster than
what average Americans get now, has proven intoxicating. A survey of the wacky antics towns have performed to court Google:
Monica, California The people of this fine town staged a kind of
city-wide musical replete with smiling old ladies, local police officers
and plenty of "ra ra ra's."
Minnesota This city of 84,000 staged a mock press conference,
plunged its mayor in freezing cold water, and got Minnesota senator Al
Franken to star in a comical video promoting the town's efforts:
Michigan sends its message loud and clear with a rocking promotional
slide show set to Cheap Trick's I Want You to Want Me. It's filled with
adorable facts like being the "minor league sports capital of the US
according to the New York Times" and being the first city to add
fluoride to the public water supply [Full disclosure: this charming city
is the author's hometown]:
Florida Mayor swims with sharks + promotional video:
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