Politicians are going to great lengths to sell their towns as good candidates for Google’s experimental ultra-high-speed fibre-optic broadband program.Earlier this month, Topeka temporarily changed its name to ‘Google’.
The town of Duluth, Minnesota is trying to one-up Topeka, with its own weird stunt.
Duluth’s mayor, Don Ness, jumped into the near-freezing waters of Lake Superior to promote the town (and to raise money for the Special Olympics).
Further, Minnesota Senator Al Franken put his old comedy skills (and some quarter-century-old promotional footage) to work in a YouTube video plugging the town.
The antics might be ridiculous — as is Google’s pretense that it might be getting into broadband — but getting the 1 Gbps network would be a big deal for a small town, so the stakes are high.