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That zany Duluth! City has YouTube fun in fierce battle to win Google’s high-speed broadband network

Duluth is having some fun in the race to get Google’s attention as the computer behemoth plans to test ultra-fast broadband networks in cities around the country.

Duluth is having some fun in the race to get Google’s attention as the computer behemoth plans to test ultra-fast broadband networks in cities around the country.

The annnouncment has led to some creative, and a bit goofy, antics from communities interested in the project.

Topeka, Kan., renamed itself — temporarily — Google, Kan. And now Sarasota, Fla., is changing the name of its City Island to Google Island.

Duluth put out an over-the-top parody press release on YouTube, promising that every first-born male living in the city will be known as Google Fiber, and first-born females will be Google-ette Fiber. They can keep their last names.

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The city is drumming up support at a website designed to prove its undying love for the project.

Google said it expects to bring high-speed Internet service (with speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second) to between 50,000 and 500,000 people, and asked that local governments and residents nominate their communities as trial locations.

Other cities in the hunt include Cincinnati, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Rochester, N.Y., and 200 Facebook groups are dedicated to bringing Google Fiber to communities all over the United States, including Las Vegas, Detroit, and Boise, Idaho.

Duluth had been making its pitch in conjunction with sister-city Superior, Wis., hence the joint website at GoogleTwinPorts.com, but Wisconsin Public Radio is reporting today that Superior is dropping out, leaving Duluth on its own, and maybe needing a new website — GoogleLonePort.com?