More than 1,100 communities across the U.S. have applied to take part in Google’s broadband fiber experiment, in which it will build a super-fast network to serve up to 500,000 people.

Some of the proposals got a little crazy — Topeka, Kansas renamed itself Google, Kansas for a time. Many towns delivered pitches through YouTube.

Todd Bishop of tech news site Tech Flash just published a list of the worst video pitches he could find.

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Google on Wednesday said it would build and test a super-fast, fiber-optic Internet service in a few communities, providing service to as many as 500,000 people.

The Sun-Star newspaper in Merced, California ran an editorial yesterday, trying to rally community support for a bid to get Google to build a fast network there.

Guests: Brandon Bowers, Merced Sun-Star; Stacey Higginbotham, GigaOm

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