On Monday, the mayor of Topeka signed a proclamation that unofficially changed the state capital's name to Google. That's right, Topeka will now be known as Google, Kansas.
Well, at least for the next month. The name change is a temporary move, which will be in effect for the entire month of March. But the question is: why?
Recently, Google announced plans to build a series of superfast broadband networks in select cities across America. The decision to change the name of the city is part of a campaign to get Google to choose Topeka as one of its designated network sites. With network speeds that are about 100 times faster than the average high-speed internet connection, it's no wonder why the mayor of Topeka has gone to such lengths to become a chosen site.
Only a handful of cities will be picked to receive the networks, and Google has asked city leaders to nominate their towns for consideration. But this isn't the first time Topeka has changed its name to promote itself. In 1998, the state capital was renamed ToPikachu for a Pokemon launch.%Poll-42526%