Google fiber is not coming to the Triangle, at least not first.
Raleigh city councilman Bonner Gaylord, who offered naming rights of his twins to Google, will not have to rename his boys Sergey and Larry after the founders of Google. Born last fall, Demetri and Mont will retain their names for now. Gaylord, who seems dedicated to bringing technology to our city, tweeted his disappointment.
Google has selected Kansas City from about 1,100 communities for its 1Gbps fiber service. Hopefully, Google can find success and spread its services rapidly to compete with other high speed ISPs.
Communities fawned over Google as it dangled the promise of a new high-speed network. It was brand genius from Google.
Here are some examples of the Google-mania that ensued:
-Deluth, MN: Mayor does an icy polar bear plunge into Lake Superior and declared every male born in the town would be named Google Fiber in a mock press conference.
-Durham, NC: Leaders organized an aerial photo of a crowd of supporters arrenged to spell Google at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
-Madison, WI: Dairy creates a “Google Fiber” ice cream flavor
-Nevada City, CA: Group of oddly costumed drummers call for Google tribe.
-Palo Alto, CA: municipal employees danced outside city hall to disco favorite Y.M.C.A.
-Sarasota, FL: Mayor dunks himself in tank filled with bonnethead sharks.
-Wilmington, NC: Mayor offers to parachute from a plane.
-Topeka, KS: Proclaimed to rename the city Google for the month of March.