According to a story on Mashable, the online social media guide and clearing house for all things internet, the competition for the Google High-speed Fiber Optics Network, is really heating up.

Cities from around the country are mounting very public campaigns, including Topeka, Kansas, who temporarily changed their name to Google, Kansas…the capital city of fiber optics.

Mayor Bunting of Topeka has really gotten behind the effort, issuing a proclamation declaring the name change and urging “the citizens of Topeka to recognize and support the continuing efforts to bring Google’s ‘Fiber for Communities,’ experiment to our city.”

Not wanting to be outdone in the PR department, Duluth, Minnesota, who is also vying for the Google Network, declared that the names of all first born children will henceforth be Google and Googlette.

The silly season aside, Duluth has its own website dedicated to the effort which states: “Our mission is to win the Google Fiber project by showing Google the community’s passion for fiber – high speed Internet, video and voice – the highly skilled workforce in our communities, the strong, supportive entrepreneurial environment, and the community’s visionary leadership.”

Many very eligible and well organized cities are applying for this project. Come on Allentown, let’s give them a run for their money.

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