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Memphis’ application for Google Fiber.

March 9, 2010

We need your help persuading Google to select Memphis for a project that could transform our city—the Google Networks fiber-to-the-home initiative. Cities around the country are expending tremendous effort to be selected in Google’s competition. This is a highly competitive undertaking. We need your help.

Google’s plan.
Google will build super-fast fiber optic broadband networks in a few communities around the U.S., promising up to a one gigabit per second service — three hundred times faster than typical home broadband over copper wire. More important, Google plans to take its fiber all the way to every home and business of their partner community regardless of a neighborhood’s commercial potential.

Imagine a promising inner-city 7th-grader collaborating with classmates around the world while watching a live university lecture. Think of a Memphis physician treating patients in remote clinics all over the country. Imagine home viewers downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this possible—much more.

How YOU can help.
I will make the Google application on behalf of the City of Memphis. It’s extremely important that you support the city’s application by filing Google’s web questionnaire for community members, stating you are supporting Memphis, Tennessee.

You must have a Google account to access the questionnaire. If you don’t have a Google account, click here to sign up. If you have a Google account, click here to begin the short application. Follow the “Nominate Your Community” button. When you are finished, press “submit.”

As part of the competition, Google allows Memphis to link its application to more detailed, web-based information. The City of Memphis will mount a special website to explain why Memphis should be selected and offer testimonials from our supporters (like you).

Over the next two weeks, we will be gathering video testimonials, written letters of support, web content about points of interest, and links to the websites of our supporters.  Please start by making a 1-2 minute video of you or your friends talking about why you believe Memphis is the best city for Google Fiber. Email the video file to and we will post it on our YouTube channel for Google to review.

Our basic message to Google is this: Memphis has made great strides building a framework for its community development (think Bioworks, the City Schools Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, the Memphis Coalition for Advanced Networking, and Memphis Fast Forward). We believe Google Networks will be nothing less than transformative for Memphians in all walks of life. In your comments, you might tell Google something about your organization or your interest and then describe how Google’s bandwidth (or the applications it inspires) will benefit your organization and Memphis in general.

Will you help us?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Sheila Acerra permalink
    March 9, 2010 10:20 pm

    Mayor Wharton:

    I agree that this is important for a more vital city. Thank you for being on top of things like this! I appreciate you!

    Best regards,

    Sheila Acerra

  2. March 10, 2010 12:51 am

    Mayor wharton I can tell that you have great visions for our city. And as a visonary person myself I know that you have allready done a lot to entice google to locate here. Thanks for being a leader for all memphians & our neigbors

  3. March 10, 2010 3:38 am

    Memphis sure could use some internet-love.

  4. Alan Prouser (married to the fabulous Joni Prouser) permalink
    March 10, 2010 5:58 am

    Thank you Mayor Wharton for embarking on this initiative.

  5. Rob Ward permalink
    March 10, 2010 2:46 pm

    great idea

  6. Steve Basar permalink
    March 10, 2010 9:37 pm

    Mayor Wharton,

    Nice initiative, will do my part to help. Please also consider getting free wireless at the airport – really don’t understand why that service was stopped.

    Warm Regards,


  7. Greg Alsobrook permalink
    March 11, 2010 1:39 am

    Here is a Facebook Fan Page for bringing Google Fiber to Memphis:

  8. Kevin Yancy permalink
    March 12, 2010 2:43 am

    Wow Mr. Mayor Sir.! U r indeed looking 2 the future instead of the past as we have come so accustomed 2! I thank u very much sir! Will do what I can. Kevin

  9. March 24, 2010 8:20 pm

    The “official” Memphis site provides a great view of Memphis, and why it should be chosen. It has great information, and is well organized.

    I have created a site/blog to complement that by being a very comprehensive site with tons of information about Memphis, the community, Memphis organizations, and why Memphis would be a good city for Google to choose. I have links to virtually every supporting article and YouTube video I could find.

    I’m also beginning to compile relevant information/statistics about the city.

    Please take a look, and give me your comments and any links that you think are important.


  10. May 6, 2010 9:08 am

    Memphis gets my vote, what a fantastic Mayor you have I wish you the very best of luck Memphis is a fantastic city with worldwide renown..go Memphis!!


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