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RALEIGH, N.C. – Raleigh City Councilman Bonner Gaylord is mixing family and civic duty in an attempt to help the capital city win selection as a site for a proposed high-speed networking project from Google.

In a video that includes other officials, Gaylord is offering to name his unborn children after the co-founders of Google.

Communities around the nation have made a series of bizarre pitches to attract Google’s attention after the company said it would rewire a community with an experimental fiber-optic network. Gaylord says in Raleigh’s video pitch on YouTube that he and his wife are expecting twins and will name them Sergey and Larry – if the children are boys and Google chooses Raleigh.

Gaylord’s move comes in the same week where the efforts of Google fiber advocates in the Triangle were not ranked among the leaders in a national survey of community support being generated across the Internet and social networks. More than 90 cities and groups have said they want to work with Google. Friday was the deadline for the formal submissions of requests to be considered for


, Gaylord describes the offer as a “little joke,” but concedes it is “getting legs” through a wave of publicity.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin are Google’s co-founders.


Other offers include renaming Topeka, Kansas after Google. And Duluth, Minn., has floated the idea of naming first-born children Google Fiber.

Google’s network would deliver data at speeds roughly 50 to 300 times faster than today’s standard connections in U.S. homes.