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Bring Google Fiber to Memphis!
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Wed, 3/24/2010 9:30 AM

 

by Thomas Hobson
Child Life Director

 

Earlier last month, Google announced that they were looking for a partner for the Google Fiber.  The Google Fiber project aims to provide a better, faster connection to the Internet, boosting speeds up to 100 times faster than current speeds.  What's more amazing is that Google plans on sharing the information they learn from establishing this fiber networks with the world.  Memphis' Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. has completed the city's application for Google Fiber and has urged the community to show it's support for the application.

 

One of the greatest aspects of this city I have come to love is the way Memphis can come together to help the entire community. So, I want do my part and share my support for Memphis' application for Google Fiber.  If selected, the implications would be a tremendous boon for Memphis.

 

Imagine a setting where the physicians at Le Bonheur Children's could quickly collaborate with other physicians around the Mid-South, the country, and the world.  They would be able to more efficiently send images, test results, and other elements of the electronic medical record for a quick return would be game changing.  The impact on pediatric health and well-being would be amazing.

 

Or how about being able to seamlessly stream students in the Le Bonheur Children's school program with their home classroom?  This would allow patients to learn along side their peers, without even being in the classroom.  The social inclusion and shared experience for the patients would be tremendously therapeutic and would help facilitate the transition back into the classroom. 

 

We can even take this scenario one step further.  The Google Fiver would allow our patients to have better Internet based applications to research and learn about their own diagnoses.  Considering the connection speeds that are being talked about, it's mind blowing to think about what those applications would be able to do.  A patient with a specific brain tumor, with the right application, could find information, connect with others with the same diagnosis, and watch a broadcast of a physician speaking on treatments - all at a rate exponentially faster than anything currently available.

 

The possibilities are astounding, and Memphis would greatly benefit from the Google Fiber project.  I would implore the Google Fiber Site Selection Team to strongly consider Memphis' application.  The partnership between the two would set the stage for what corporate and community partnership should be.

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