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T-post Tom
03-01-2010, 12:18 AM
Welcome to the global map, Topeka...

Topeka aims to become Google Internet test site

TOPEKA | A campaign to make Topeka a test site for ultrafast Internet access is gathering speed.

Google announced plans Feb. 10 to build and test new high-speed broadband networks in one or more places around the country. The company says the system of fiber-optic cables would deliver Internet connections 100 times faster than most systems now available.

Over the past week, Topeka city officials have announced they're completing Google's request for information from potential trial communities. The City Council has indicated that it's behind the effort.

And a group called "Think Big Topeka" is campaigning to build community and government support.

Google has given communities a March 26 deadline to submit the completed requests for information.

Mark Biswell, information technology director for the city, said the application is "very long" and asks for various facts about the city, including its demographics.

Members of Think Big Topeka believe the city and the fiber-optic trial would be a good fit.

Jason Starkey, who is spearheading the effort, said bringing the network to Topeka would attract business, improve quality of life, and boost health care systems, schools and government agencies.

"This type of technology has the power to put Topeka on the global map," he said.

Think Big Topeka was formed Feb. 11 and gained more than 6,000 members on Facebook in less than two weeks. The group also operates a Web site at http://thinkbigtopeka.com.

The group is trying to build interest among other local organizations.

Dozens of members showed up last week at a Heartland Visioning community meeting on downtown revitalization and handed out 300 T-shirts with the slogan, "Think Big Topeka."

"We want to see a change in Topeka," said Kasey Clark, a member of the Think Big Topeka group who was handing out the shirts. "We saw this as a way to do that. It's not just one person doing this, it is the community as a whole."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/03/SPUN1BRG4L.DTL&type=printable

Thig Lyfe
03-01-2010, 12:19 AM
That's cute.

KCFalcon59
03-01-2010, 12:46 AM
I think this would be great. I would love to have fiber to my home.

Fruit Ninja
03-01-2010, 04:04 AM
I think this would be great. I would love to have fiber to my home.

you and everyone in america.

Lzen
03-01-2010, 08:49 AM
I think this would be great. I would love to have fiber to my home.

I'm already on board. This would be awesome. They said Topeka is just the right size for Google's plans. Google doesn't want any large metropolis, apparently. Man, I hope this happens.

Deberg_1990
03-01-2010, 08:53 AM
Think Big Topeka!! You could become the next Wichita or something.....

Saulbadguy
03-01-2010, 08:57 AM
I see Google announcing that Topeka will become a test site, and then our politicians completely fucking it up somehow, which will result in Google pulling out.

KCFalcon59
03-01-2010, 10:02 AM
I see Google announcing that Topeka will become a test site, and then our politicians completely fucking it up somehow, which will result in Google pulling out.

The odds on this are very high. Our pols are worthless. :doh!:

Lzen
03-01-2010, 10:04 AM
I see Google announcing that Topeka will become a test site, and then our politicians completely ****ing it up somehow, which will result in Google pulling out.

That is a scary thought because I could actually see that happening. Stupid city politicians. :cuss:

mikeyis4dcats.
03-01-2010, 11:05 AM
John Alcala will probably email them from a Yahoo account or something.

HC_Chief
03-01-2010, 11:10 AM
Whole bunch of them meths making stuffs can be got off them fastester intarwebs.

Guru
03-01-2010, 11:10 AM
IT will never happen. Trust me. This city can't do anything right.

HC_Chief
03-01-2010, 11:14 AM
IT will never happen. Trust me. This city can't do anything right.

This may be the most accurate statement ever typed on the intarwebs.

Dave Lane
03-01-2010, 11:18 AM
I filled out all the forms and submitted Leawood for consideration

tymania
03-01-2010, 12:00 PM
John Alcala will probably email them from a Yahoo account or something.

ROFL

DMAC
03-01-2010, 01:45 PM
Springfield is perfect for the Google thing. We are a test market anyway and the right size demographically, sounds like.

joesomebody
03-02-2010, 11:31 AM
I'm thinking Columbia, MO.

Lzen
03-02-2010, 07:23 PM
Topeka mayor signs proclamation renaming city to 'Google, Kansas — the capital city of fiber optics' for the month of March.
http://cjonline.com/news/local/2010-03-02/google_move_draws_attention

Guru
03-02-2010, 09:47 PM
Bunten is easily the most bizarre mayor we have ever had.

mikeyis4dcats.
03-03-2010, 10:27 AM
Bunten is easily the most bizarre mayor we have ever had.

he's a useless old fart. I've had occasion to see him speak several times, and sometimes you can just feel he's lost.

But he can cut a ribbon like no one can!

mikeyis4dcats.
03-03-2010, 10:54 AM
Bunten's apparently never been west of Topeka if he thinks Manhattan is flat.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/02/google.kansas.topeka/index.html

Guru
03-04-2010, 07:44 PM
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0304/Duluth-one-ups-Google-Kansas-in-bid-for-super-fast-Internet

stupid

Guru
03-06-2010, 06:50 PM
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