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West Virginia-Duke settle sports bet

Posted April 15, 2010

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

Morgantown Mayor Bill Byrne bet Bell that his local team, the West Virginia University Mountaineers, would defeat Duke University in the NCAA men’s basketball semifinals in Indianapolis. The Blue Devils went on to beat the Mountaineers and then Butler to become the national champions.

Since Duke beat WVU, Byrne fulfilled the bet by writing a letter on mayor's stationery endorsing Durham's application for super-high-speed Internet connections from Google.

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.

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


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  • tarheelfan41 Apr 16, 2010

    I have seen governors bet a plate of barbeque vs a busel of peaches and things like that in good fun, but this would seem to have stakes quite a bit higher. I'm glad we won, but what if we didn't? We we want the mayor of Durham supporting someone elses bid for the google's high speed internet? That was high stakes gambling IMO.

  • clayt85 Apr 16, 2010

    When the robots take over, Google will lead the charge.