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West Virginia-Duke sports bet uses Google as bait

Posted April 2, 2010

— The Mayor of Morgantown, W. Va., has challenged Durham Mayor Bill Bell to a bet involving high-speed Internet.

Morgantown Mayor Bill Byrne’s local team, the West Virginia University Mountaineers, will be facing Duke University in the NCAA men’s basketball semifinals in Indianapolis on Saturday.

If WVU defeats Duke, Bell will write a letter on mayor's stationery endorsing Morgantown's application for super-high-speed Internet connections from Google, Byrne said in a press release.

"If they win, I'll do the same for him," he said.

Google is planning to test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country. The connections would deliver Internet at more than one gigabit per second, or more than 100 times faster than most Americans currently receive.

"We're trying to use this opportunity to talk about our communities and how important this is for economic development," Byrne said.

Google is expected to announce the trial locations by the end of the year.


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  • See Chart Apr 2, 2010

    Ok, no more Jokes West Virginia does have computers
    It's where the FBI (heard of them) has their computer
    technology center.
    By the way we are late with super hi broadband Europe & Asia
    have had this technology for awhile now.
    My bet would have been to let NC take the New York City garbage
    that WV gets for 40 dollars a ton to bury for NY, (now that would have made the news) and only if Duke lost.

  • FE Apr 2, 2010

    They actually have the internet in West Virginia??

    (well, perhaps dial-up)


  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 2, 2010

    Who are these IDIOTS we have put into office? First they bet their childrens' names to get Google, and now they are betting business interests to get Google. If any of you have NOT seen the movie "Idiocracy", please go rent it NOW! It IS EXACTLY where we are today with all of these foolish politicians we see today. I always joked about that movie. But I'm appalled and shocked that I'm living to see these STUPID actions actually happen.

  • smcallah Apr 2, 2010

    "Thanks Govs for gambling our Internet Access on a ball game."

    It's not like Google has chosen any city out of the 1600 applicants yet. And won't be choosing until the end of the year. And Durham has very little chance of getting picked, since Raleigh is already the most wired city according to Forbes. Durham isn't that far behind Raleigh, being so close.

    So basically they are betting nothing.

    What exactly is your complaint here?

  • hardwork919 Apr 2, 2010

    You mean I might actually have to cheer for Duke? GRRRRRR... ugh, fine!

  • MillerB Apr 2, 2010

    Hmmm...that's interesting. I don't see mention of a Governor for either state mentioned anywhere in this article. I also don't see any mention of money changing hands, or that it's going to affect anything. The Mayor of the losing town will just write a recommendation letter. Google is going to do what they deem is in their best interests, regardless of what anyone says. This is just a friendlt side bet, so get off your high horse and let it go.

  • keeter Apr 2, 2010

    It's not gambling when it's a sure thing.....

    Go Duke

  • YeaOh Apr 2, 2010

    Thanks Govs for gambling our Internet Access on a ball game. I guess this type of gambling is illegal for everyone except politicians.