Google pulls April Fool’s joke on Topeka

Google changed its name to Topeka for the day, as part of an April Fool’s joke to honor Topeka, Kan., for changing its name to Google.

“Earlier last month, the mayor of Topeka, Kansas, stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt wrote on Google’s official blog. “We’ve been wondering ever since how to honor that moving gesture.  Today we are pleased to announce to that as of 1 AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.”

But the name-change does not mean Google has chosen Topeka for its experimental broadband project.

“We want to be clear that this initiative is a one-shot deal that will have no bearing on which municipalities are chosen to participate in our experimental ultra-high speed broadband project, to which Google Kansas has just been one of many communities to apply,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt wrote.

Google is still deciding what city to pick to test its multi-million dollar project, which Google reports will make the chosen city’s Internet 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today.

Kansas City is still a nominee in the race.


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