It seems like every city in America wants Google Fiber. According to the company’s Web site, “Google is planning to launch an experiment that we hope will make Internet access better and faster for everyone. We plan to test ultra-high-speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country. “Our networks will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today, over 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We’ll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.”

Ever since Google announced its plan last month cities across the U.S. have been clamoring to curry the favor of the search giant. Google has yet to reveal how it will pick where its fiber will be implemented. Company officials have invited city leaders to participate in the project, and municipalities have until March 26 to apply. This is where Memphis comes to play.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton has entering Memphis in the Google competition.  Wharton said, “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.”

Wharton concluded his call for support by stating: “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.”

The question is, Is Memphis Tech Savvy for Google’s product? How is Memphis measured in Broadband Adoption: The percentage of home Internet users with high-speed connections. Access Options: The number of companies providing high-speed Internet access. Wi-Fi: Public wireless Internet hot spots per capita.

Memphis has 1049 businesses WiFi hotspots, 155 WiFi Hotspots are listed below:

Agricenter International Free 901-355-19777777 Walnut Grove Rd.  Atlanta Bread Company Free 7850 Poplar Ave  Barnes and Noble Pay 2774 N Germantown Parkway  Barnes and Noble Pay 3402 Popular Ave  Barnes and Noble Pay 6385 Winchester Road  Best Western Executive Inn Pay 3105 Millbranch Road  Cafe Francisco Free 400 N Main Street  Clarion Hotel Free 901-388-70506101 Shelby Oaks Drive  Comfort Inn Free 901-372-27001335 McRee St  Comfort Inn and Suites Airport Free 901-396-54113005 Millbranch Road  Comfort Suites Southwind Free 901-309-30204090 Stansell Court  Courtyard Memphis Airport Pay 901-396-36001780 Nonconnah Blvd.  Courtyard Memphis East/Lenox Corporate Park Free 901-365-64003076 Kirby Parkway  Courtyard Memphis Park Ave East Pay 901-761-03306015 Park Avenue  Crowne Plaza Free 901-525-1800300 North Second Street  Econo Lodge – Memphis TN301 Free 1541 Sycamore View Rd.  Econo Lodge – Memphis TN485* Pay 901-396-10002745 Airways Blvd.  Econo Lodge Downtown Free 901-522-705022 North 3rd Street  Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel Free 901-332-33223734 Elvis Presley Blvd.  Empire Coffee Company Free 901-526-16462 South Main Street. Extended Stay America Memphis Cordova Pay 2520 Horizon Lake Dr  FairField Inn Memphis 1-240 Pay 901-795-19004760 Showcase Blvd  Fairfield Inn Free 901-381-00858489 Highway 64  Fairfield Inn and Suites Free 901-384-00106010 Macon Cove Road  Fedex Office Pay 901-683-83004691 Poplar Ave  Fedex Office Pay 2735 Perkins Rd  Fedex Office Pay 901-368-16002735 South Perkins Road  Fedex Office Pay 901-278-26791573 Union Ave  Fedex Office Pay 901-755-62617801 Winchester Road  Fedex Office Pay 901-458-91303295 Poplar Ave.  Fedex Office Pay 901-368-26796233 Winchester Road  Fox and Hound Free 901-624-9060819 Exocet Drive  Fox and Hound Free 901-763-20135101 Sanderlin Road, Suite 100  Hampton Inn Free 901-754-84543579 Hacks Cross Road  Hampton Inn Free 901-683-85005320 Poplar Avenue  Hampton Inn and Suites Free 901-747-370033 Humphrey Center Drive  Hampton Inn and Suites at Peabody and Beale Free 175 Peabody Place  Hard Rock Cafe Memphis Free 901-529-0007315 Beale St.  HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center Memphis 03002400 Pay 1282 Union Ave.  Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar Free 901-737-21242809 Kirby Parkway, Suite 109, High Point Cafe Pay 4610 Poplar Avenue  Hilton GuestPass Test Pay 404-386-30373180 Players Lane  Hilton Memphis Pay 901-684-6664939 Ridge Lake Blvd  Holiday Inn – Memphis-Mt. Moriah Rd and I-240 Free 2490 Mount Moriah Rd  Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites – Memphis-Hacks Cross/B Morris Free 4068 Stansell Court  Holiday Inn Express Memphis-Hacks Cross/B Morris Pay 4068 Stansell Court  Holiday Inn Memphis-Downtown (Beale St) Pay 160 Union Ave  Holiday Inn Memphis-Intl Airport Pay 2240 Democrat Rd.  Holiday Inn Select – Memphis East Free 5795 Poplar Ave No. I-240  Holiday Inn Select – Memphis-Downtown (Beale St) Free 160 Union Ave  Holiday Inn Select – Memphis-Intl Airport Free 2240 Democrat Rd.  Homewood Suites Free 901-758-50183583 Hacks Cross Road  Java Cabana Free 901-369-50552170 Young Avenue  La Baguette Bakery and Bistro Free 901-458-09003088 Poplar Avenue  La Quinta Inn and Suites Free 901-381-00446069 Macon Cove  MEM – Memphis International Airport Pay 901-922-80002491 Winchester Rd  MEM All Terminals Pay Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport  MO’s Memphis Originals Free 3521 Walker Avenue  Malco Paradiso Free 901-682-1754584 South Mendenhall Road  McDonald’s 00789 Free 901-365-75703068 S Perkins Rd , McDonald’s 00790 Free 901-458-5018657 S Highland Street  McDonald’s 01083 Free 901-683-43655263 Poplar Dr  McDonald’s 01401 Free 901-743-81842850 Lamar Ave  McDonald’s 02174 Free 3363 Austin Peay Hwy  McDonald’s 02357 Free 901-346-08741352 E Shelby Dr  McDonald’s 02776 Free 901-682-89965084 Summer Ave  McDonald’s 03041 Free 2073 Union Ave  McDonald’s 03330 Free 901-345-00531666 Winchester Road  McDonald’s 05041 Free 901-274-8706995 E Parkway S  McDonald’s 05284 Free 4210 Summer Ave  McDonald’s 05691 Free 1861 S 3rd Street  McDonald’s 05724 Free 3149 Thomas Street  McDonald’s 06092 Free 2994 Poplar Avenue  McDonald’s 06467 Free 901-357-03362062 Frayser Boulevard  McDonald’s 06590 Free 6050 Winchester Road  McDonald’s 07071 Free 901-327-70713224 Jackson Ave  McDonald’s 07324 Free 901-272-73241389 Poplar Avenue  McDonald’s 07509 Free 901-382-75002200 Covington Pike  McDonald’s 07514 Free 901-362-75143377 Winchester Road  McDonald’s 07812 Free 905 Union Ave, McDonald’s 10158 Free 901-398-46713120 S 3rd Street  McDonald’s 10225 Free 901-767-92251325 Ridgeway Road  McDonald’s 10255 Free 1755 Getwell  McDonald’s 10894 Free 901-360-00333636 S Mendenhall Road  McDonald’s 11131 Free 7011 E. Shelby Drive  McDonald’s 11244 Free 901-794-66876668 Winchester Road  McDonald’s 11925 Free 901-683-19254657 Quince Rd  McDonald’s 14041 Free 901-754-01326690 Poplar  McDonald’s 15054 Free 3950 Austin Peay (W*M No.1561)  McDonald’s 15662 Free 3845 E Shby Dr  McDonald’s 15662 Free 901-366-50213845 E Shelby Dr  McDonald’s 22311 Free 8400 Hwy 64 (Walmart No.0950)  McDonald’s 27396 Free 4096 Elvis Presley Blvd  McDonald’s 28859 Free Germantown (W*M No.2322)  McDonald’s 30213 Free 5255 Elvis Presley Blvd  McDonald’s 99992 Free 5645 Murray Road  Memphis – Graceland RV Park and Campground Pay 901-396-71253691 Elvis Presley Boulevard  Memphis Comfort Suites Free 901-365-25752575 Thousand Oaks Cove  Memphis Days Inn Pay 901-386-00332889 Austin Peay Highway  Memphis Downtown Marriott Pay 901-527-7300250 N Main Street, Memphis Graceland RV Park and Campground Free 901-396-71253691 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Behind Heartbreak Hotel  Memphis International Airport Pay MEM: 2491 Winchester Road  Memphis International Airport (MEM) Pay 877-842-2478MEM-2491 Winchester Rd No. 113  Memphis International Airport – Air Tran Gates Pay 901-922-8000MEM: 2491 Winchester Road  Memphis International Airport – AirTran Gate C16 Pay MEM: 2491 Winchester Road  Memphis International Airport C16 Gate Pay 2941 Winchester Road  Memphis-Days Inn Interstate Highway 40 And Sycamore View Pay 901-371-06066055 Macon Cv  Memphis/Airport East Ramada Plaza Pay 901-362-80102490 Mt. Moriah Road  Memphis/Shelby County Public Library and Information Center Free 901-415-27003030 Poplar Avenue  Memphis/Wolfchase Extended Stay Deluxe Pay 2520 Horizon Lake Dr  Metro Memphis Free 901-274-80101349 Autumn Ave  Monkey Beans Coffee and Gifts Free 901-766-7505713 S. Mendenhall Rd.  Murphy’s Public House Free 901-726-41931589 Madison Ave.  P and H Cafe Free 901-726-09061532 Madison Ave  Pan Am Pay 8150 T and B Blvd  Park Vista Pay 901-684-6664939 Ridge Lake Boulevard  Pink Palace Museum Free 901-363-38563050 Central Ave.  Printer’s Alley Bar and Grill Free 901-725-6875322 South Cleveland St  Quality Inn – Memphis (TKO) Free 6068 Macon Cove  Quetzal Internet Cafe Free 901-521-8388668 Union Ave. Radisson Inn Memphis Airport Pay 2411 Winchester Road  Ramada Inn Memphis East Pay 901-388-48811585 Sycamore View Rd  Ramada Limited Memphis Tennese Pay 901-396-22002979 Millbranch Rd  Red Roof Inn Memphis East Pay 901-388-61116055 Shelby Oaks Dr.  Residence Inn Memphis East Pay 901-685-95956141 Old Poplar Pike  River Inn at Harbor Town Pay 555-555-555550 Harbor Town Square  Rodeway Inn Free 901-726-41711199 Linden Avenue  Sleep Inn Free 901-312-77772855 Old Austin Peay Hwy  Sleep Inn – Memphis (TKO) Free 5119 American Way  Sleep Inn at Court Square Free 901-522-970040 N. Front St.  SpringHill Suites Free 901-380-97002800 New Brunswick Road  SpringHill Suites Free 901-522-210021 North Main Street  Starbucks 10054 Pay 901-753-84502801 KIRBY PKWY  Starbucks 11555 Pay 901-309-2096970 N GERMANTOWN RD  Starbucks 11770 Pay 901-377-23831615 SYCAMORE VIEW RD  Starbucks 13547 Pay 901-761-36025679 POPLAR AVE  Starbucks 13669 Pay 901-387-30712760 N GERMANTOWN RD  Starbucks 2800 Pay 901-759-1304465 N GERMANTOWN PKWY  Starbucks 8297 Pay 901-729-42881850 Union Avenue  Starbucks 8345 Pay 901-320-10213388 Poplar Avenue, Starbucks 8352 Pay 901-372-44712698 N. Germantown Parkway  Starbucks 8360 Pay 901-818-99545201 Poplar Avenue  Starbucks 8423 Pay 901-818-91366191 POPLAR AVE  Starbucks 8450 Pay 901-751-23457945 WINCHESTER RD  Staybridge Suites – Memphis-Poplar Ave East Free 1070 Ridge Lake Blvd.  Super 8 Free 901-948-9005340 West Illinois St.  T-Mobile Bartlett Pay 901-384-05616313 Stage Road  T-Mobile Cordova Pay 901-755-42451425 S Germantown Rd, Ste 3  T-Mobile Poplar Ave Pay 901-761-30014741 Poplar Avenue  T-Mobile Union Ave Pay 901-725-22001498 Union Avenue, Ste 105  TJ Mulligan’s Free 6635 Quince Road  The Deliberate Literate Pay 1997 Union Ave.  United Way of the Mid-South Free 901-433-43006775 Lenox Center Court, Suite 200  Wingate Inn – Memphis-Wolfchase Pay 901-386-11102270 N Germantown Parkway  Zanzibar Free 901-543-9646412 S. Main.

If you look at that list you will see that areas Whitehaven, Westwood, Southside, Riverside, Hamilton, Raleigh, Frayser, kinda lack wifi, unless you’re in a McDonalds. Just like I found this list, Google has done the same. Look through the latest Yellow Pages, Memphis Business are just starting to get WEB SITES. If you don’t believe me look at a 2007 Yellow Pages if you have one, you will not see the number of web sites you see in the 2009 book. Web sites start gaining popularity in 1992, by 1996 most companies had an active website, by 1998 websites and e-mail had taken over the advertising market. I still deal with companies and people that do not have websites or e-mails. Those that do, don’t know the correct addresses. I’m saying this because Broadband Adoption, Home Internet Usage, and Access Options are key players here. Why would a company invest in a city that is not up to standards? You cannot make the citizens of the city Tech Savvy because you want a Mega Technology to give you their best and fastest service.

CLICK HERE to nominate Memphis by taking a short survey.

I’m all for getting tech attention to the city. I would love to be able to communicate with citizens by email, twitter, facebook, texting. Those that know me, know that this is something I have been venting for over the past ten years. Asking Google to consider Memphis sounds nice but look at the facts here. Seattle, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angles, Austin, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham, Pittsburgh, New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC are the top cities meeting UHSB attention.

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  4. Rayon says:

    I don’t know who you are but you hit the nail on the head with this post. I can’t understand this city sometimes when it comes to computers and technology. I have to commend A C for this push and I hope that Google take the city serious in considering Memphis as their choice. I do have to say, that Memphis citizens are kind of backwards when it comes to technology and computers. I too have friends that cannot remember E-mails and are scared to get an E-mail account, twitter account or do transactions over the Internet. Most of the people that are tech savvy are the 18-34 years olds and many of them just twit, facebook, myspace or text all day. None are into business that requires high-speed computer lines. Most of the people that do have high speed Internet only download videos, movies or just surf the web looking at porn. If it weren’t for FedEx, the International Airport, and UPS Memphis would be lost in technology. All of the computer outlets are in the Germantown, Cordova, East Memphis, and Midtown/Downtown area. The interest for computing power is just not here. If Google decide to pick Memphis, what will Memphis offer? Ask you average 40+ citizens if they have a twitter account, Facebook account, and blog page. If they do, ask them how often do they use or post on the page. Ask the average citizen if they have e-mail and how many times do they check their e-mail. Most of the people that use these features only have them at work not home. I’m still sending faxes, now that funny. The city is designed for shipping and handling. The mindset of the citizens is shipping and handling not high speed Internet. Look at the local news, they are always talking about visit their website, if you go there you see very few comments, then you have that racist talk show host that claim he is the mouth of the south. His blog is nothing but a tabloid of gossip. And his show is a paid advertisement. This is what locals is use to. I don’t think Google’s Ultra High Speed services is need to this.

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