Mayor Bill Bunten made the announcement, saying that it was fun and the city was having a good time. "There are a lot of good things that are going on in our city," he said.
Google has asked the cities to state before March 26 why they wanted the broadband. The company will then choose a few cities with less than 500,000 in population for its pilot project.
Bunten said the city is proud to be called Topeka, named after an American Indian word meaning 'a good place to grow potatoes.' "We are not going to change it permanently," he declared.