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|Monday, March 22, 2010|
Mayors across the country have been throwing themselves in icy waters and shark tanks and renaming their cities, children and ice cream after Google, all in the hopes of getting a free super high-speed broadband network. Portland over the weekend staged a game of Telephone.
Who can argue with that, Mr. Google?
The hunger isn't that sharp everywhere. City of Bend communications manager Justin Finestone said yesterday that the staff never took the idea to its city council. “We didn’t think it was the city’s role to facilitate competition in the private sector,” Finestone said. “We have really good service here. If Google wants to come here, they’re more than welcome, but because it is a good market, not because we begged them.”
Calls to mayors around the state were slow to come back. I really want to know what Stu Rasmussen, the mayor of Silverton, has to say about all of this. I know Silverton might be too tiny to really be in the game, but one can only imagine, nay hope, what the country’s first transgendered mayor might cook up to get Google's attention.
Robin Doussard is editor of Oregon Business.
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