Thursday, April 1, 2010
Mayors across the country have been performing outrageous stunts, each seeking to outdo each other in an attempt to demonstrate to the ContractsProf Blog their commitment to getting their residents access to the Blog's content.
The Mayor of Duluth recently threw himself into Lake Superior. The Mayor of Sarasota took a dip in a shark tank. Wilmington's mayor has offered to jump out of a plane. He is still in negotiation with Blog staff over whether or not he will be permitted to use a parachute. Chicago's Mayor Daley is not willing to go quite so far, but he has started throwing random residents out of airplanes if they complain about not being able to land at MIggs Field anymore.
They are performing these stunts because the search-engine company Google, recently renamed "Topeka," has offered to build a high-speed broadband network in one or more American cities. Such a network would permit residents to access the Blog with speed that will be literally blinding. Don Ness, Duluth's mayor, said that the city is taking precautions.
We've warned our residents that if we get the high-speed internet access that we're seeking, they will have to wear sunglasses year-round. This is something of a hardship in Duluth, given that we only have 17 days of sunshine in an average year, but we think it is well worth it. Sometimes, when I try to access the ContractsProf Blog from City Hall, the page just takes forever to load and the embedded videos don't stream properly. No resident of Duluth should have to wait more than a second or two to get the Weekly Top Ten.
The details of the stunts and their aim, as reported in The New York Times can be found here.