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No city in America could be a better place to investigate the potential of ultrafast Internet connections than Pittsburgh. Google Inc. need look no further as it tries to find the right community where it would deliver Internet services directly to homes at speeds of one gigabit per second. Pittsburgh has innovators who have pioneered computer networks and Internet applications, it has a government poised to support rapid deployment of infrastructure and it has Pittsburghers with a diverse set of needs, opinions and interests.

The City of Pittsburgh, working with local universities and other organizations, is preparing a proposal to convince Google to select Pittsburgh for this exciting new experiment. But Pittsburgh won't be selected if Google doesn't hear from you, the potential users of this new ultrafast network.

Here's how you can help. This site and Erie website design provide ways for individuals and organizations to express their ideas and their support for this project. Please check the sections below to learn more about how you can help. And please do so now. Google wants your response by March 26. Pittsburgh needs your response!

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  • "We're a hardworking city on the forefront of technology and we want it really bad! :)"

    Liz Mastascusa | Whitehall, PA | April 8, 2010, 3:16 pm

  • "Most people I know are well versed in technology & are always looking for new gadgets & the lastest improvements of doing things even faster. We have some of the best world class sports teams here in Pittsburgh, why not the fastest internet too?"

    Lisa Berkey | Mount Lebanon/Scott Township | April 8, 2010, 3:09 pm

  • "We are tired of slow internet and high price we are paying. We are looking for internet revolution by google and get rid of these money suckers who provide shoddy service."

    raja s chava | Bethel park | April 8, 2010, 12:44 pm

  • "All of the 20th century innovation had come through Pittsburgh. It is time that we joined forces with the new 21st century Mellon, Carnegie, Phipps, and Clay Frick in Google Inc. "

    Giuseppe | Downtown | April 7, 2010, 3:38 pm

  • "To quote my 3 year-old, "Because!""

    Ron Porreca | Verona | April 7, 2010, 2:18 pm

  • "we have the best city around and very livable and need iot for high surfing we love google"

    donna | greenfield squirell hill | April 7, 2010, 9:22 am

  • "The vibrant research community in Pittsburgh badly needs serious communication technology to support science and innovation. "

    Andre Platzer | Shadyside | April 4, 2010, 3:05 pm

  • "Becaurse, I love Google"

    Ilia | Poland | April 4, 2010, 12:16 pm

  • "We are the city of the future! "

    Cara | Southside | April 3, 2010, 10:07 pm

  • "Because it is already located here and would greatly help with our tourism and economy."

    Brian Lee | Greensburg, PA | April 3, 2010, 9:52 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is an awesome place for fiber optics. I for one would benefit greatly from being able to easily and efficiently communicate inside and outside of my studies here at Carnegie Mellon University. We're paving the way for the future and what better way to facilitate that then having the future of internet!"

    Nick J. | Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA | April 2, 2010, 1:53 pm

  • "This could be exactly what Pittsburgh needs. Just do a Google search on Pittsburgh computer history, what you'll find is amazing advancement in both computer and networking. we are the home of CMU, you already have a very nice office here. We're great at digging holes so we can run that fiber in no time. Anywhere this is done it will have a great impact on the economy, Pittsburgh needs that. Just one big push to get up off its ass and it could be a great city. we have good people here and it would be an honor if Google picked Pittsburgh "

    adam wing | brighton heights | April 1, 2010, 11:39 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is the biggest little city in the country. It's physical size on a map is quite small when compared to the likes of LA and NY, but is dense with high-tech regions containing major universities, advanced medical facilities, etc. You get all the benefits of testing a major city, at a lower cost due to the size of the physical network."

    Michael Owens | Swissvale | April 1, 2010, 10:24 pm

  • "I think Pittsburgh is a good choice because of the many colleges around the area. There is a lot of potential for teachers and students to take advantage of this groundbreaking invention."

    Patrick McHale | McKeesport | April 1, 2010, 2:17 pm

  • "Pittsburgh has shown that is can and will survive and grow no matter what is thrown at us. We are forward looking people and we don't just sit around and wait to make things happen or for someone to "help" us, we go after change and encourage it! So adding Google Fiber network to the Burgh will keep our beautiful city going in the right direction. rename the city Googleburgh! Go Google! "

    Joe Tomarelo | Brookline | April 1, 2010, 11:42 am

  • "Pittsburgh's health care industry, reputable colleges , small businesses and corporations provide a great opportunity to test the system on a large scale. Pittsburgh is also small enough for the system to be easily monitored, controlled and would allow for quick installation. The people of Pittsburgh would definitely want the new high speed internet in their homes and many people here know about and are interested in new technology. Having Comcast and Verizon as partners would ensure high profitability and they already have fiber optic networks. "

    adam | west mifflin | April 1, 2010, 10:35 am

  • "because we multiple universities and colleges within the are as well as it would help us become more high-tech. !! pittsburghs already going green and this extra project would be phenomenal "

    heather parsons | north versailles | April 1, 2010, 10:26 am

  • "because Carnegie Mellon is strong in technology..and I go to cmu, and love google -->perfect."

    Marine Kambara | Oakland | April 1, 2010, 9:37 am


    DIANA | ASPINWALL | April 1, 2010, 5:59 am

  • "Pittsburgh is an area that is always evolving, and the addition of the google fiber would allow us to continue. We are always trying new things to improve the lives of Pittsburghers, and the addition of this wire could assist in the research that goes on here. Pittsburgh is a great city."

    Kim Klimpel | Greenfield | April 1, 2010, 12:57 am

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Press Conference - 3/17/10

Mayor Ravenstahl announces Pittsburgh Goes Google

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  • City of Pittsburgh
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • UPMC
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Mizrahi Design
  • Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
  • ETC Global - Carnegie Mellon
  • Pittsburgh Technology Council
  • PNC
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Visit Pittsburgh
  • Quality of Life Technology Center
  • Cohen Law Group
  • Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone
  • District 13 of the Communications Workers of America
  • Airlift Research Foundation
  • Intertech Security
  • Olympus: Carnegie Mellon University
  • The Warhol
  • Robert Morris University
  • Heinz College - CMU
  • Temple Sinai Pittsburgh
  • Kid Access
  • Pop City Media
  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • Salon 5844 Shadyside
  • Carnegie Speech
  • Leadership Pittsburgh
  • Metis Secure Solutions
  • Schneider Downs
  • Sima Products
  • Five Star Development
  • The Ellis School
  • Olszak Management Consulting Incorporated
  • The Heinz Endowments
  • RiverLife
  • Millcraft Industries
  • Mattress Factory
  • Idea Foundry
  • Orionvega
  • Clicks Internet Marketing
  • 7 Moore Blessings Inc.
  • MyGov365
  • Upper St. Clair School District
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • The Northside Chronicle
  • Northside Community Development Fund
  • Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group
  • IKM
  • State Pipe Services, Inc.
  • Nathan Contracting
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Senator John Heinz History Center
  • Steeltown Entertainment Project
  • dbMotion
  • Landopt
  • Chestnut Ridge
  • Olson Zaltman Associates
  • Harrington & Company
  • ATRP Solutions
  • Pediatric Alliance
  • Merging Media
  • Zulama
  • HR&S Law
  • Panta Rhei
  • Campos, Inc.
  • The Campos Inc VO!CE of the Region panel
  • Strada LLC
  • Pierce Events
  • West Penn Allegheny Health System
  • Unicentric
  • Oakland Business Improvement District
  • Jopling, Inc.
  • BPL Global, Ltd.
  • CECity
  • Red Zone Robotics
  • Burgh Bees
  • Lami Grubb
  • Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board
  • CMU Robotics Academy
  • Nakturnal
  • The Microscopic Opera Company
  • no wall productions
  • we do property management, inc.
  • cityLIVE!
  • Delta Sigma of Sigma Nu
  • Shoeftr
  • Simpatico Espresso
  • WYEP 91.3
  • Oxford Development Co.
  • Green Building Alliance
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Industrial Scientific
  • LUMA Institute
  • K&L Gates
  • The Sprout Fund
  • Beynon & Co.
  • Rothman Gordon
  • Benegon Consulting Services
  • PowerLink
  • Linkstar
  • Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
  • Aquatech
  • Mogambo Solutions
  • Kennametal
  • AIGA Pittsburgh
  • Andrew Twigg
  • Dozen Bake Shop
  • Daedalus
  • Western Pennsylvania Arthritis Foundation
  • Jewish Assoc. on Aging
  • Two Men and a Truck
  • Civil & Environmental Consultants
  • J'Burgh
  • BBR Services LLP
  • Stratus Building Solutions of Pittsburgh
  • Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
  • Polish Hill Civic Association
  • Chatham University
  • Guru
  • Brightside Academy
  • City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
  • Direct Response Technologies
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Rhiza Labs
  • College Prowler
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • Friendship Pittsburgh
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Community Technical Assistance Center
  • Highmark
  • Mark Knobil
  • Adhere Solutions
  • American Bridge
  • Common Thread
  • New Pittsburgh Collaborative
  • Columbia in Pittsburgh
  • MAYA Design Inc.

Organization Comments:

  • "The young men and women of Pittsburgh are doing their part to make Pittsburgh special and google should be added to that lit. Somebody in Pittsburgh loves You!"

    Dana Bannon | pageboy salon & boutique | 3 people | April 1, 2010, 10:52 am

  • "Google Fiber will greatly enhance the ability for our business and others to do business. Google Fiber will bring good paying jobs , and make Pittsburgh an even better place to do business."

    Jordan Feldman | Penn Automotive | >20 people | March 29, 2010, 9:09 pm

  • "We deal with large files for our business for graphics services with many new and current clients for printing as well as related web based media. THIS would make a difference in our core business offerings and make the future arrive for a regional training center much sooner than current plans. Mike Cooper 412 583 2127"

    Mike Cooper | Minuteman Press 905 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh pa | 10, people | March 28, 2010, 8:38 pm

  • "Our business relies on Google to help spread our company's message, and we truly appreciate its contribution to communication on our planet. The talent and energy of Pittsburgh make it a perfect partner for Google's pioneering spirit."

    Roberta Weissburg | Roberta Weissburg Leathers | 12 people | March 28, 2010, 8:02 am

  • "Pittsburgh is the best example how America reinvents itself from old industrial power house to future green economy."

    Dennis Robinson | Opera Theater of Pittsburgh | 4 people | March 27, 2010, 9:48 pm

  • "We are an IT technology support company serving the small and mid-sized business market. With this high speed capability we can offer our Client's more cost-effective network and backup services. This would bring our current service offerings to another level. :) "

    Peter Briden | PC Network Services, Inc. | 22 people | March 27, 2010, 4:01 pm

  • "Because, WE LOVE TO GOOGLE We`ve WON the Superbowl, and the Stanley cup. WE love high-speed... WE WANT GOOGLE Fiber!!!!! This is a GREAT CITY. "

    Marsee Essington | NAILS by Marsee | 55 people | March 27, 2010, 3:00 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is a center for innovation in so many fields, so it being a proving ground for ultrafast communication is a natural fit. The city continues to evolve as a phenomenal place for children and their education, nurturing and creativity - and its reputation as "Kidsburgh" grows by the minute. What a great place for the cutting edge of technology and its most avid, agile users to converge!"

    Suzanne McCaffrey | Children's Museum of Pittsburgh | 120 people | March 27, 2010, 11:18 am

  • "Because google fiber rocks our world."

    Diane McMahon | Community Human Services Corporation | 107 people | March 26, 2010, 11:52 pm

  • "It is a Growing city, we have many college's and Hospital's that could really need the speed of the internet to better their studies and better this world with the breakthrough's and the information that can be sent at a much faster rate!!! I am a stockholder in google, and a resident of the city of pittsburgh all my life and would love to see our city and your company grow together!!!!"

    Mark Hipsley | First Home Loss Mitigation | 7 people | March 26, 2010, 5:27 pm

  • "The opportunities offered by this type of home network access itself would be endless, let alone what it what do to the business market and for the creation of jobs that Pittsburgh so desperately needs. The doors of closed networks would be broken down and competition, the true American spirit, would reign free once again."

    Justin Vavrick | Troposphere | 1 people | March 26, 2010, 4:50 pm

  • "Because we are googleluscious"

    Mary Kiernan | Actual Size Creative | 10 people | March 26, 2010, 4:06 pm

  • "With all of the environmental agencies in our area it would be nice for the public to have access to more of the resources that could be made available by them. Valuable resources such as research data from NOAA, nautical charts from the Army Corp. of Engineers, and biological research from various experts is limited by the data transfer speeds currently available to the public."

    Greg Moore | Steel City Anglers | 23 people | March 26, 2010, 2:45 pm

  • "Because it has tons of high tech companies dying to have this type of access to give us a business advantage."

    Ryan Shipkowski | Matthews International Corporation | 4000 people | March 26, 2010, 2:27 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is a transformative city and a recognized leader in technology, education, green building and other leading edge businesses. As such it is the perfect place for Google Fiber."

    Bryan Ward | Giant Ideas | 18 people | March 26, 2010, 2:16 pm

  • "Google already has a base here. Pittsburgh is becoming well-known as a tech hub which creates a breeding ground for tech talent and collaboration. Also, Pittsburghers are loyal to those who are loyal to them. Using Google Fiber here would guarantee a strong fan base for Google apps. from local companies (with international recognition) and residents."

    Teralyn Iscrupe | University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering | 500+ people | March 26, 2010, 1:31 pm

  • "This is Westinghouse's Corporate Headquarters."

    Richard Bishop | Westinghouse Electric Co. | 15,000+ people | March 26, 2010, 12:52 pm

  • "Connecting businesses to their customers. A1+"

    AJL | Tyrol Commercial Cleaning | 10 people | March 26, 2010, 12:05 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is the place for high-speed Google Fiber because albeit a smaller city, it has grown from a industrial scene to a service/technology center over the past 20 years. It's evident that technology will remain present in the region, based upon the current crop of functioning companies, healthcare facilities and university research."

    Alexander Lau | Loopheads, LLC. | 5 people | March 26, 2010, 11:51 am

  • "The deployment of Google fiber here in Pittsburgh would have a significant impact on the local tech startup community. Across many sectors such as web/software, medical and life science applications, information technology, emerging businesses would benefit by receiving an early opportunity to get a leg up on where the world will be in a few years in both communications and connectivity. � For new startups in the city of Pittsburgh (including AlphaLab companies), the opportunity to utilize quantum leaps in broadband connectivity at an affordable price would allow them to design and deliver great offerings in the web, entertainment and mobile space(s). They could more efficiently use cloud computing technologies to deliver world-class products with accelerated speed and efficiency. Google fiber, once available to these new technology businesses, would allow them to develop with the next generation web in mind. Pittsburgh would add yet another attribute that makes the city attractive to budding entrepreneurs to start their businesses here!"

    Mike Woycheck | AlphaLab | 15 people | March 26, 2010, 11:37 am

  • "Pittsburgh's culture of innovation, along with its leading healthcare and education institutions and nearby large rural communities make western Pennsylvania an ideal location for this type of endeavor."

    Chris Brussalis | The Hill Group, Inc. | 15 people | March 26, 2010, 10:28 am

  • "Pittsburgh has many small businesses (and small non-profits) that would benefit very much from having access to a better internet option. Google Fiber will help us be successful. :-)"

    Lisa Corbly | Greys Landing Greyhound Placement | 10 people | March 26, 2010, 10:25 am

  • "Pittsburgh is a diverse community with a long, rich history of pioneering innovation and competition through its public and private institutions. The city is home to premier academic and research institutions, renowned medical facilities, and vibrant cultural assets such as its public libraries and museums. Pittsburgh's emergence as a leader in technology and "green" innovation has revitalized commercial enterprise. For years the eiNetwork has facilitated the delivery of broadband to community anchor institutions such as Pittsburgh's public libraries. Google fiber would enhance service to these institutions and open doors to a variety of new opportunities for Pittsburgh's individuals and businesses."

    Ernest Williams | eiNetwork | 10 people | March 26, 2010, 10:12 am

  • "Pittsburgh is a city of innovators, that has inspired will continue to inspire some of the most creative minds, organizations, and businesses in the world. A more connected and faster network will help Pittsburgh bring even more innovations to life."

    Davison | Davison | 250 people | March 26, 2010, 10:09 am

  • "Pittsburgh has world class universities that are leaders in computer science, cutting edge health care facilities which would permit them to provide their services to other health care facilities around the globe, numerous international companies in which the internet speed is a business driver, and a community that embraces new technology. On a more specific area that is noteworthy to mention, the city of Pittsburgh has a computerized traffic signal system in the Central Business District and looking to expand this system to other parts of the community. A faster internet system will allow for real time traffic signal control along with the implementation of intelligent transportation system technology to improve traffic flow and reduce the carbon footprint of the region. "

    Joseph DiFiore | Parsons Brinckerhoff | 14,000 people | March 26, 2010, 9:39 am

  • "Pittsburgh is the town that built America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Pittsburgh is the model city for "reinventing " itself to adapt to the new reality of the 21st century. There could be no better symbolic place for this initative, not to mention Pittsburgh's strong technology orientation and resources."

    Aryeh Sherman | Jewish Family and Children's Service | 70 people | March 26, 2010, 9:14 am

  • "we have a major university and excellent hospitals in our region."

    Lois | UPMC Presbyterian | thousands people | March 26, 2010, 9:05 am

  • "Pittsburgh has a plethora of highly educated people in the technology, education, medical, business and legal fields that will use the increased speed."

    James Dattilo | Dattilo & Associates, P.C. | 3 people | March 26, 2010, 9:02 am

  • "Faster, easier communication is practical for all business needs. And Verizon isn't working...."

    Erika Gatz | Common Thread | 20 people | March 26, 2010, 8:29 am

  • "Pittsburgh bridges such as the Ft. Pitt, Roberto Clemente, Ft. Duquesne, Andy Warhol, and many others are just a glimpse of the engineering advances made by American Bridge. As a major keynote in the Steel City, we are proud to support Google and our community partners in the networking infrastructure effort. "

    Kadi Camardese | American Bridge | 1200 people | March 26, 2010, 7:46 am

  • "Because Adhere Solutions is here and we are a certified Google Enterprise Business partner that offers products and services to help organizations quickly adopt Google Technologies and cloud services like Google Apps, Google Mail, Google Search Appliance and Google Maps and Earth. "

    Jim Orris | Adhere Solutions | 10 people | March 26, 2010, 12:46 am

  • "I am a freelance documentarian, working primarily for National Geographic television, and the PBS series NOVA. There is an active media community here in the Burgh. Why here? We like it here! BUT it sure would be great to be able to share edits, picture elements and sub assemblies quickly with our out of town collaborators. Uncompressed HD video is our life blood ... and it needs to fly!"

    Mark Knobil | Mark Knobil FILM/TAPE | 1 people | March 25, 2010, 9:32 pm

  • "Pittsburgh has remade itself from the "smoky old steel town" image of decades ago into one of America's "most livable" cities. Today, education, health care and technology help drive its success. Having the Google Fiber network in Pittsburgh would enhance the city's reputation as a high-tech leader. Importantly, this new network capability would go a long way in providing increased opportunities for growth and development. As a company that relies heavily on the most advanced information systems, we understand the great value that the Google Fiber network would bring to millions of our members."

    Tom Tabor | Highmark Inc. | 20,000 people | March 25, 2010, 9:05 pm

  • "Because that would enhance our ability to make artful use of what's at hand. There'd be more "at hand" way faster."

    Bryan DeCecco | Bricolage Production Company | 10+ people | March 25, 2010, 7:42 pm

  • "The potential to enhance the assistance we provide to small and large organizations in the region could be enhanced by the sppedier video conferencing seminars and workshops, IT technical assistance, and community visioning tools enabled by combining Google Earth, Google SketchUp (easier 3D models of neighborhoods) and Google 3D Warehouse, could provide the capability to create 3D concept models for neighborhood projects which could be worked on independently and/or collaboratively by community groups and concerned individuals and could be "put out there" for feedback, problem solving advice, making planning and development efforts richer and more productive."

    Ron Gaydos | Community Technical Assistance Center | 5 people | March 25, 2010, 6:52 pm

  • "Google Pittsburgh's expansion into the new Bakery Square development in the city's East End neighborhood demonstrates the unlimited potential our community has in the future. East Liberty has become the city's (hell, the entire East Coast of the US!) most dynamic, eclectic and development friendly community. The addition of Google's new offices and the ultra high-speed internet speed connection will literally propel us to new heights. "Light speed ahead Chewie""

    Lars Olander, President | East Liberty Quarter Chamber of Commerce | 200 people | March 25, 2010, 5:08 pm

  • "We are all students at Carnegie Mellon and have benefited during our time here from an already strong network. A higher speed network only improves the important research and work we do, particularly in the fields of computer science and information technology. The majority of us are familiar with computer science by some measure just because the nature of CMU's degree requirements regardless of major, and could offer valuable feedback given the experience."

    Mark Hepburn | Beta Theta Pi - Gamma Iota Chapter | 104 people | March 25, 2010, 4:38 pm

  • "Friendship Preservation Group supports one of Pittsburgh's greatest diverse urban neighborhoods! At the cross roads of retail, education and medical campuses, we can walk to wherever we need to go. The word on the street - Penn Ave. - is when you are not waking, there is no replacement for speed! Thank you Google for considering Pittsburgh a new home for your high speed network! "

    John Horchner | Friendship Preservaton Group | 200+ people | March 25, 2010, 4:21 pm

  • "Pittsburgh, once known solely as a steel town, has rebuilt itself as a leader in technology, education, energy innovation and healthcare. Pittsburgh thrives on its abundant tech-savvy talent and supports organizations that nurture the region's growing knowledge-based economy. Home to two-Tier-One research institutions, among the region's 35 colleges and universities, and about 1,600 technology firms, including Google, no other city would be better equipped to support Google Inc.'s endeavors of ultrafast Internet connections. "

    Denny Yates | Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C. | 141 people | March 25, 2010, 4:11 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is at the nexus of the marriage of new world economy with a legacy of hard work, innovation and spirit of community. As has been well documented, Pittsburgh is uniquely evolving from the nation's first 'Silicon Valley' during the birth of steel and heavy industry into an internationally recognized hub of innovation and entrepreneurship as evidenced by the growth of technology, energy and other innovative, growing industry sectors in the Pittsburgh region. Pittsburgh, is in many ways, the envy of the world. Google surely recognizes this with its commitment to Pittsburgh and should continue this recognition by using Pittsburgh to test its latest innovation. "

    Thomas Link | Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh | 100 people | March 25, 2010, 3:58 pm

  • "We have hard working citizen, committed to helping each other in our communities and beyond. Pittsburgh is diverse in its people and economy and presents a vastly unique peoplescape for this type of technology."

    Andrea Thompson | Mt. Lebanon Junior Women's Club | 75 people | March 25, 2010, 3:39 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is on the verge of being one of the most important locations in the country for start-ups and Google Fiber could accelerate that reality even faster. College Prowler has been successful because of the support that Pittsburgh has provided us - anything that we can do to aid Pittsburgh, aid the start-up community will pay dividends for all of us. "

    Luke Skurman | College Prowler | 14 people | March 25, 2010, 3:07 pm

  • "High-speed Google Fiber is crucial to the continuing development of Pittsburgh's high technology economy. Rhiza Labs is a software company that designs and deploys web-based data visualization tools for nonprofit management, business intelligence, and community improvement. We believe that data should drive all organizational decisions, and that web-based tools are the best way to let organizations concentrate on making decisions instead of maintaining hardware and software. Our work with Google Earth Outreach to help the Amazon Conservation Team preserve the Surui people's homeland in the Amazon rainforest highlights the impact of using the Web to literally bring high technology to new frontiers. Learn more at In the future, more organizations will make more decisions with more data, and use more complicated web-based tools to do it. This, of course, will require more bandwidth. We already see our colleagues and our clients struggling with current bandwidth limitations. These same limits constrain our ability to innovate and add new features to our solutions. As part of Pittsburgh's burgeoning start-up tech cluster, we and our colleagues would greatly benefit from Google Fiber's increased bandwidth. It would increase our capability to innovate, and would provide more incentive for organizations like us to locate in the region. We'd benefit from the added talent pool and the professional services and sources of capital that these kinds of businesses attract, creating a multiplier effect that would benefit the entire region."

    Andrew Macurak | Rhiza Labs | 10 people | March 25, 2010, 2:58 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is known as a respected and growing high-tech center. With computing mecca's such as Software Engineering Institute - hosted at Carnegie-Mellon University, the large number of universities, corporate HQs, and world renown hospital systems we are a community starving for improved connectivity and bandwidth. "

    Albert Tate | Quest Diagnostics | 47,000 people | March 25, 2010, 2:54 pm

  • "We support a growing network of technology companies. We believe that it would benefit to have a strong/stable/high-performing service such as Google to allow us to better support our strong universities such as Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh University, Robert Morris, and Duquesne."

    Jeremy Moore | Direct Response Technologies | 70 people | March 25, 2010, 2:44 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is a knowledge factory. With Pittsburgh's unequaled concentration of education, medical, research, and high-tech organizations, we are well poised to capitalize on Google's high-speed fiber network. The story of Pittsburgh's economic turnaround has been a documented worldwide--the diversity of Pittsburgh's economy and of its people is a strength that Google would be wise to capitalize on as we work together to make Pittsburgh even greater in the future!"

    Justin Miller | City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning | 40 people | March 25, 2010, 2:26 pm

  • "At Brightside Academy we take a holistic approach to learning. Integrating and automating our systems is the tenant for which we strive. Since 1992 our organization has been rooted in Pittsburgh. We can not think of a better or more deserving city than Pittsburgh to receive the Google Fiber-optic Network for which our city's talent deserves. "

    Dean W. Thomas | Brightside Academy | 200 people | March 25, 2010, 2:05 pm

  • "In the early 80s, Pittsburgh responded to the collapse of Big Steel with a strategy centered on economic growth through technological innovation. These efforts bore fruit and helped cement the city's reputation as a role model for other cities faced with the challenge of deindustrialization, as evidenced by Pittsburgh's selection to host the G-20. Today our city's universities do world class research in fields where this kind of technology could be further developed or applied to new and exciting uses, and our decision to make technology development a centerpiece of economic development strategy has yielded a crop of aggressive, adaptable technology incubators positioned to take these innovations to market. We are also fortunate enough to have a forward leaning public school district under good management, and open to new ideas to increase academic achievement. This has resulted in many successful collaborations between K-12 and universities like CMU for bringing technology into the classroom in useful ways. Pittsburgh also remains a culturally vibrant city, with a world-class library system, symphony, and museums, and an energetic, entrepreneurial younger arts scene brimming with new ideas for broadening perceptions, expanding horizons, and generally getting more out of the five senses. It is exciting to think how each of the above institutions might expand the frontiers of their domains through Google Fiber, and exciting as well to think how Pittsburghers, and the world, might benefit as a result. And of course, we also have six Superbowl rings. Give us the ball. We won't disappoint. "

    Greg Lagana | Center for Economic Development, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University | 100+ people | March 25, 2010, 1:59 pm

  • "We are a very technology oriented city that would benefit greatly from this."

    Collin Barnett | | 30 people | March 25, 2010, 1:12 pm

  • "We are one of the most active Arthritis Foundation chapters in the country as far as our online community, website, blog, and use of social media goes. It is how we educate arthritis patients, fundraise, cultivate a community of support, promote events, and update people in the 19 counties that we serve on new arthritis research initiatives and advocacy projects. We support bringing Google Fiber to Pittsburgh. The Internet is a great way for nonprofits to reach out to the communities that they serve, virtually and physically, on a local and national level. Bringing Google Fiber to Pittsburgh would be a great way to try out a new way to get our message out!"

    Ashley Boynes | Arthritis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania | 10 people | March 25, 2010, 12:56 pm

  • "The number of colleges, universities, and academic research facilities in close proximity to each other provides a diverse population that would be ideal for this type of test. "

    Paul Steinhaus | Chatham University | 2,200 people | March 25, 2010, 12:49 pm

  • "Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh wholeheartedly supports the selection to bring Google Fiber to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is known as a "City of Champions," honored with the title of "Most Livable City" and recognized as one of the nation's "Most Literate Cities," a distinction that acknowledges our strong educational foundation. One of the greatest contributions the library makes to the community is in promoting literacy. However, Pittsburgh's library system is more than just books. According to a study by the American Library Association, public libraries are the only source of free public Internet and computer access in 71 percent of American communities. Our community is no exception. In many cases, our libraries are the only place where people can gain access to high speed Internet for government services, job training, distance education and employment opportunities. Throughout our system computer utilization is up by more than 65%, and customer requests for more computer time and Internet access continues to grow. Since we introduced wireless Internet access in 2007 usage has increased six-fold. Growing demand for these services requires that public libraries continue to increase their bandwidth. At the same time, funding for these critical library services remains in jeopardy. The Google Fiber project will ensure that our region has the ability to cultivate and retain a competitive workforce for the 21st century; enhance the education of our citizens and create new employment opportunities. "

    Mary Frances Cooper | Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | 525 people | March 25, 2010, 12:27 pm

  • "The Polish Hill Civic Association is in the very early stages of planing for neighborhood-wide internet access. We believe that the internet would enhance our population's inter- and intra- communication. "

    Terry Doloughty | Polish Hill Civic Association | 225 people | March 25, 2010, 9:48 am

  • "Pittsburgh is a wonderful convergance of top-flight educational institutions, research institutions, internationally renowned medical facilities and medical research activities, as well as diverse cultural organizations such as Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. An ideal place for Google to implement its high-speed fiber network. "

    Betsy Momich | Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh | 1200 people | March 25, 2010, 9:44 am

  • "Because Pittsburgh needs every advantage in the business community to attract new and vibrant business to diversify ourselves even more. We have had a declining population in this area for several years now and it is imperative for Pittsburgh's economic and social growth to be on the cutting edge in every way possible. With our status as one of the leading cities in the US advancing in GREEN building this truly would assist us greatly with these efforts."

    Kimberly Zytnick | Stratus Building Solutions of Pittsburgh | 50 people | March 25, 2010, 9:36 am

  • "Pittsburgh's top notch workforce has helped turn the region's economy to one driven by innovation, education and healthcare. They have proven that they know how to embrace and leverage technology."

    Joy Chandler | Kennametal Inc. | 12,000 people | March 24, 2010, 4:40 pm

  • "We are on the cutting edge of technology, eds, meds, life sciences, and green tech to name a few. We should be on the cutting edge for Google Fiber and see how they can help these areas grow even faster!"

    Jason Seltzer | BBR Services | 25 people | March 24, 2010, 4:17 pm

  • "High tech and young adults"

    David katz | J'Burgh | 2 people | March 24, 2010, 3:54 pm

  • "Pittsburgh has a strong focus on technology in its developemnt and attraction of businesses and residents. We are a city that wants to be on the forefront of technological advancements."

    David Gritzer | Jewish Association on Aging | over 300 people | March 24, 2010, 3:45 pm

  • "Outstanding quality of life."

    Ray Coll | TWO MEN AND A TRUCK | 40 people | March 24, 2010, 3:14 pm

  • "Pittsburgh has been on the leading edge of technology since its rebirth from the decline of the steel industry in the early 1980's. Pittsburgh has a rich tradition and history of innovation and creativity. "

    Loren Anderson | Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. | 350 people | March 24, 2010, 1:38 pm

  • "We at Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. believe that innovation and collaboration across sectors is what drives community change. Our programs open eyes, minds and doors to the rich opportunities, and also the challenges, of our region so that our leaders can enact on them and create positive change. Come to Pittsburgh, and help us continue to open the world's eyes and minds to our unparalleled possibilities."

    Aradhna Dhanda | Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. | 5 people | March 24, 2010, 10:20 am

  • "Pittsburgh is an emerging high tech, bio-medicine and sophisticated robotics community. We are a city of diverse neighborhoods, scenic beauty, recreational activities and positive civic spirit. Pittsburgh is an extremely livable city including a low cost of living, expanding public transit and great proximity to mountains, lakes, rivers and other significant population centers - Toronto, Cleveland, Washington, DC, Detroit, Cincinnati and New York city are all within a 5 hour drive."

    Lee Ferraro | 91.3FM WYEP Radio | 200 people | March 24, 2010, 10:06 am

  • "Because superior infrastructure is vital to doing anthing else in terms of technology "

    Remy Bibaud | Intelagent Resources | people | March 24, 2010, 10:05 am

  • "Pittsburgh has a great heritage and is home to world class universities and hospitals. We have experienced some difficulties in retaining our younger citizens in favor of more trendy locations over the past 20 years (the industrial hangover), but now the tides are turning and we are seeing a shift. We are being recognized for our quality of life, environmental initiatives, employment stability and growth affordability and the list goes on. We have shown that we can be a host to the world and we have the capacity to grow and accept visors in our underutilized airport. Pittsburgh, as like many of the pioneer/foundation cities in this country does need to continue to improve its infrastructure and is making great progress in doing so, but what infrastructure is complete with out the best high-tech services available. With the potential Google Fiber project and its recently invigorated momentum, we can lead the non-megopolis charge for the next decade. We have the workforce, the community and community leaders, the desire and track record of being pioneers. We are a great choice. Thank you for your consideration, Steve Guy President and CEO OxfordDevelopment Company"

    Steve Guy | Oxford Development Company | 785 people | March 24, 2010, 10:03 am

  • "Green Building Alliance (GBA) is a nonprofit organization that advances economic prosperity and human wellbeing in Western Pennsylvania by driving market demand for green buildings and green building products. Given the constantly changing nature of the green building industry, we distribute much of our detailed technical information online, which is challenging when we work with low to moderate income citizens and neighborhoods that could benefit from having more detailed information about the costs and benefits of green buildings and more sustainable neighborhoods -- but a lack of accessibility to the internet from which they can get the most up-to-date information! As such, GBA strongly recommends Pittsburgh as a place for high speed Google Fiber. Though the city and its surroundings have made great strides to becoming a green leader, Google Fiber would help boost and expand those efforts into communities that might otherwise take much longer to penetrate (but can benefit even moreso from the environmental and social benefits that green buildings have to offer)."

    Aurora Sharrard | Green Building Alliance | 10+ people | March 24, 2010, 9:22 am

  • "Because we are ready to implement telemedicine services to homes and clinics across the area."

    Matt Klevemann | Children's Hospital Of Pittsburgh Of UPMC | 5,000 people | March 24, 2010, 8:43 am

  • "Pittsburgh is an innovative, technology driven city that would benefit strongly from high-speed connections to businesses and individuals around the globe."

    Kurt Lesker | Kurt J. Lesker Company | 300 people | March 23, 2010, 10:25 pm

  • "1. Our iNet platform needs additional internet speed to handle automated communications between our nerve center in Pittsburgh and instruments around the world. 2. We stopped using video-conferencing between our worldwide operations because the speed is slow and embarrassingly awkward to watch. 3. We would love to produce richer videos that demonstrate, market, and promote our complex products and services but the current internet slow speeds won't support it. "

    Kent McElhattan | Industrial Scientific Corporation | 1000 people | March 23, 2010, 10:16 pm

  • "Per capita, Pittsburgh has the highest percentage of high-tech professionals working in such fields as robotics, automation, materials science, software, healthcare and manufacturing. It's also home to 3 of this nation's top academic/research universities (Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne) and is host to one of the country's most vibrant entrepreneurial communities outside of Silicon Valley. "

    Chris Pacione | LUMA Institute | 10 people | March 23, 2010, 9:18 pm

  • "Pittsburgh has been a place of change for decades. The research and development that is conducted within this city reaches out across the world and not only influences our own community but others as well. "

    Serena Rajakumar | K&L Gates LLP | 3828 people | March 23, 2010, 6:14 pm

  • "Google Fiber, be the fuel that fires innovation from the Pittsburgh region's greatest resources: the talent, the energy, and the imagination of its people. "

    Matt Hannigan | The Sprout Fund | 100s people | March 23, 2010, 5:42 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is the medical/technology hub of the East Coast!"

    Albert | Autobahn Automotive Media | 5 people | March 23, 2010, 3:39 pm

  • "We have the technology, the work force and the Pittsburgh drive to be the backbone to GOOGLES success in region."

    R.T. Walker | Beynon and Company Commercial Real Estate & Insurance | 23 people | March 23, 2010, 2:23 pm

  • "We have the resources, the capacity and from the Big Mac, the first nickelodean theatre and the polio vacccine, Pittsburgh has always been a center for innovation."

    Anne Parys | Rothman Gordon, P.C. | 52 people | March 23, 2010, 2:01 pm

  • "We are the renaissance city!"

    John Ball | ASCC, Inc | 80 people | March 23, 2010, 1:30 pm

  • "Pittsburgh has a wealth of talent in all fields, ranging from computer science, engineering, and the performing arts. Google's participation in Pittsburgh's development would be far better than Comcast's!"

    David Bender | Benegon Enterprises LLC | 1 people | March 23, 2010, 1:17 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is a very tight knit community. When we get behind something--we support it all the way. The business case for bringing Google Fiber to Pittsburgh is clear--world class businesses, healthcare and universities. But, the community support is what will make the difference in Pittsburgh! You can count on us to support Google Fiber like no other city!"

    Lee Ann Munger | PowerLink | 426 people | March 23, 2010, 11:37 am

  • "Pittsburgh has always been at the fore front of communications technology dating back to the olden age of radio. We have been first in fiber, first in smart buildings, and center of innovation not only in infrastructure - but in applications. Our strength in eds and meds make us an ideal testbed for uber high speed broadband. "

    Ron Gdovic | Linkstar Interactive | 40 people | March 23, 2010, 11:30 am

  • "Arts and Technology go hand-in-hand in Pittsburgh. The city has reinvented itself as a home for innovation. This creative force coupled with the opportunities that Google Fiber would provide would propel Pittsburgh into a true leadership position in both the arts and culture field and in technological innovation. Pittsburgh is art and we are excited to share that creative power with the world!"

    Dek Ingraham | Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council | 2700+ people | March 23, 2010, 11:26 am

  • "We are a global company and have international offices in India , UAE , China , Netherlands . Have high -speed connections will help with the IT infrastructure support form Pittsburgh where we paln to have the global data center . "

    Jim Matharu | Aquatech International Corporation | 400 people | March 23, 2010, 10:36 am

  • "Pittsburgh is a transformation city that is paving the way for old economies to emerge successful in the 21st century. We are a region that excels in numerous disciplines form medical and IT to robotics and clean technologies. Google Fiber will allow Pittsburgh to build on our spirit of innovation, attract and retain creative young talents and provide the economy advantage to attract new enterprises. Pittsburgh is the perfect model city for Google Fiber. "

    Chirag Shah | Mogambo Solutions LLC | 35 people | March 23, 2010, 10:15 am

  • "Pittsburgh is a burgeoning tech region ready to explode. Better broadband access could push the region over the top."

    Breck Fresen | Shoefitr Inc. | 3 people | March 22, 2010, 9:50 pm

  • "It is the home of Carnegie Mellon University, the #1 school for computer science. CMU is a leading school in technology that would make great use of the high-speed google fiber."

    Mitchell Luban | Delta Sigma of Sigma Nu | 35 people | March 22, 2010, 7:02 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is on the move, a city in transformation. We'll make google proud."

    Eve Picker | no wall productions, inc. | Seven people | March 22, 2010, 6:00 pm

  • "Gamers crave bandwidth. The faster the connection and the lower the latency, the better. The quicker we can get updates, the quicker we can get back to playing. We're power users and we want choice when it comes to our ISP. The incumbents just don't do it for us, and it's incredibly difficult to get much needed Internet at our LAN events because of their unwillingness to cooperate. The Pittsburgh LAN Coalition is Pittsburgh's premiere gaming group online and at our LAN party events."

    Colin Dean | Pittsburgh LAN Coalition | 700 people | March 22, 2010, 5:22 pm

  • "This would help us deliver the necessary technological elements for our services."

    Pastor Doug Melder | North Way Oakland | 3000 people | March 22, 2010, 4:43 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is a melting pot of new technology, biology, old industry, art and music. The confluence of these forces has made Pittsburgh's music and art scene rich and technologically innovative. Adding world-class internet connectivity has the potential to raise that artistic innovation to an unparalleled level."

    Erica Olden | Microscopic Opera Company | 10-20 people | March 22, 2010, 2:26 pm

  • "We need competition in broadband sales. We need more options, and faster ones."

    Justin Greenwald | MOC, Inc. | 100 people | March 22, 2010, 1:39 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is home to PNC and many other leading businesses. Innovation through technology is a primary reason PNC is one of the leading financial firms in the world. High speed Google fiber will allow PNC and other leaders to support customers at an even higher level."

    Bill Rosner | PNC Financial | 58000 people | March 22, 2010, 1:31 pm

  • "We are a high tech city, chosen by the world for the home of 2009 G20 event for our role as a model in reigniting a former blue collar industrial town."

    Lani Redinger | Nakturnal | 30+ people | March 22, 2010, 12:31 pm

  • "Pittsburgh through partnerships between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh is a world leader in education and the Robotics Academy is a world leader in robotics education. The new abilities that high speed data transmission brings to education will enable the Pittsburgh/Google partnership to change education in a very postivie way for children across the world. "

    Robin Shoop | The Robotics Academy | eight people | March 22, 2010, 12:07 pm

  • "To enhance workforce preparedness and support new innovations."

    Kelleigh Boland | Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board | 8 people | March 22, 2010, 11:24 am

  • "Pittsburgh has three rivers running through it, and 944 bridges that cross those rivers and other streams, valleys and ravines. Think about it--we're a city that has thrived on connecting communities for decades! For a while now, Pittsburgh has been shaking off its outdated rustbelt image. We've gotten international attention for reclaiming our riverfronts and embracing technology and research. Simply put, Pittsburgh is the new model for the 21st-century American city. And Google Fiber will be a huge step forward in helping Pittsburgh continue to innovate in new and exciting ways. Thanks for helping Pittsburgh Go Google."

    Stephan Bontrager | RiverLife | 25 people | March 22, 2010, 11:14 am

  • "Pittsburgh is all about the strong work ethic! We will take advantage of all that power and speed!"

    Suzan Lami | Lami Grubb Architects LP | 34 people | March 22, 2010, 10:52 am

  • "Pittsburgh has the infrastructure to showcase and advance Google's project - our concentration of universities, leading research facilities (medical and corporate), and our high concentration of technical startup companies could leverage the speed for developments in distance education, collaboration, research, and product development. Pittsburgh's strong work ethic guarantees Google that many people will jump on this opportunity to make Google's project a huge success."

    Ellen wieckowski | Robert Morris University | 6500 people | March 22, 2010, 10:36 am

  • "Pittsburgh is innovation and creative renewal. "

    Meredith Grelli | Burgh Bees | 400 people | March 22, 2010, 8:54 am

  • "We have field crews all over the world. With heavy amounts of data to transfer every day we could be much more efficient and effective with a faster connection speed."

    Anthony Tardio | RedZone Robotics, Inc. | 65 people | March 22, 2010, 8:35 am

  • "We all recall the Andrew Project, where Carnegie Mellon students helped design and develop the most important early features of the email communication and networking systems we all depend on today. The Google Fiber Project will let our whole Pittsburgh community get involved in a new, large-scale, Andrew-like project. Our community will be able to design and develop the best new ways for broadband to improve the way we all live and work."

    The Heinz Endowments | philanthropic foundation | about 30 people | March 21, 2010, 7:45 pm

  • "We offer hosted services to thousands of clients and their employees throughout the nation and we could use faster, more reliable connections to make our offering more usable. "

    Michael K. Maggs | AvantX Corporation | 65 people | March 20, 2010, 10:27 am

  • "We have Dark Fiber in many areas already. We have a rich diverse selection of Technology companis here as well We have a top rated high technology College in Carnegie Mellon to feed the future"

    George Fadale | Kroff, Inc. | 100 people | March 20, 2010, 10:03 am

  • "We need faster speeds."

    Josh Hyde | CECity | 60 people | March 19, 2010, 6:41 pm

  • "It is a high tech city with leading businesses in life sciences, energy, and the software industry."

    Keith Schaefer | BPL Global | 150 people | March 19, 2010, 2:46 pm

  • "Pittsburgh led the last industrial revolution by developing modern methods of steelmaking. By participating in the Google Fiber Project, Pittsburgh can become a leader in the next industrial revolution. "

    Ray Ojerholm | Jopling, Inc. | 3 people | March 19, 2010, 2:43 pm

  • "This amazing project will expemplify Pittsburgh's status as one of the leading centers for new technology and research innovation in the world.!"

    Georgia Petropoulos Muir | Oakland Business Improvement District | 31 people | March 19, 2010, 2:09 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is rich in health & social assistance organizations who are supported by generous community, foundation, and government partners. High-speed fiber would enable these organizations to share information in real time and help to eliminate information delays and gaps that negatively impact service delivery. "

    Evan Indianer | Unicentric | 15 people | March 19, 2010, 2:01 pm

  • "Best high tech and health care "

    seyed mohammadi | AGH | Thousends people | March 19, 2010, 1:15 pm

  • "We have transformed our city as we have adopted cutting edge technology. Our advances in robotics and medicine improve lives around the globe. Often under estimated, we are a perfect launching pad for innovation, creativity and a city who celebrates the future."

    Shaun Pierce | Pierce Events | 10 people | March 19, 2010, 12:21 pm

  • "A rich mix of high tech, health care, university, foundation, nonprofits, large and small businesses would make it an ideal test site. Also, Pittsburghers are famously friendly and cooperative, so you would have a high level of cooperation. "

    Martha O'Grady | Panta Rhei Media, Inc. | 5 people | March 19, 2010, 11:52 am

  • "Pittsburgh is a leader in technology development and green tech. Being a leader in those two fields, Google and Pittsburgh are natural partners. We'd like to support Pittsburgh's bid to be on this awesome endeavor!"

    Abhijeet Joshi | Grean Inc. | 2 people | March 19, 2010, 11:19 am

  • "We have cutting edge technology and we are the City of Champions!"

    Deanna Read | Hergenroeder, Rega & Sommer, LLC | 25 people | March 19, 2010, 9:53 am

  • "My company offers online learning courses, and high-speed Google Fiber would dramatically increase the quality of our product. The rich multimedia experiences in our lessons would reach students and teachers quickly, reducing wait times. Learners could spend more time learning, and less time waiting!"

    Nikki Navta | Zulama | 5 people | March 19, 2010, 6:51 am

  • "We the people, businesses and institutions of Pittsburgh will demonstrate the value of Google's high-speed fiber network by doing what we have alsways done...being innovative, creative, productive and surprising. Give us that chance and you will not be disappointed. We have heard about "high-speed" trains in Pittsburgh for decades. But still no trains. We'll work with Google to establish Pittsburgh as a node on their high-speed fiber network, and we'll show the world we can do it now. No delay. Let's get it installed and running asap."

    Marco Cardamone | Merging Media, Inc. | 6 people | March 18, 2010, 7:55 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is the perfect place for Google fiber. We are a warm, welcoming city, especially when it comes to new technologies. We have a very diverse population, which makes us an excellent city for test marketing. We have great research universities and hospitals and city government is sensitive to the needs of business. "

    Dan Cohen | Cohen Law Group | 4 people | March 18, 2010, 6:42 pm

  • "Pittsburgh has emerged as a progressive region that will not just embrace new ideas, but find new ways to expand and build upon them. I have no doubt that this region possesses the knowledge, energy and innovative spirit necessary to truly demonstrate the potential of Google Fiber. "

    Sean Smith | Schneider Downs | 350 people | March 18, 2010, 3:28 pm

  • "Pittsburgh has been a center of innovation spanning three centuries. Each generation has channeled the economic benefit of innovation to improve the quality of life for those typically underserved. Googel Fiber would enable those who are currently undeserved to have access to a world of information and opportunity. "

    Lou Camerlengo | Five Star Development, Inc. | 25 people | March 18, 2010, 3:27 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is known for numerous firsts: First newspaper west of the Alleghenies (1789) - The Pittsburgh Gazette First Ferris Wheel (1893) World's First Commercial Radio Station (1920) - KDKA First Ice Capades (1940) First All-Aluminum Building (1953) - Regional Enterprise Tower (formerly the Alcoa Building) First Polio Vaccine (1954) - Dr. Jonas Salk at the University of Pittsburgh First U.S. Public Television Station (1954) - WQED First Retractable Dome (1961) - Mellon Arena First Mass Transit Busway System (1964) - Allegheny County Port Authority First Nighttime World Series Game (1971) First Robotics Center (1979)- Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute First Internet emoticon, the smiley :-) (1982) - Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Scott Fahlman. Filmed on location in Pittsburgh: 'The Mysteries of Pittsburgh' 'Wonder Boys' 'Desperate Measures' 'Kingpin' 'The Mothman Prophecies' 'Striking Distance' 'Inspector Gadget' 'Milk Money' 'Roommates' 'Boys on the Side' 'Houseguest' 'The Deer Hunter' 'Money For Nothing' 'Only You' 'Dominick + Eugene' 'Sudden Death' Famous Pittsburghers Dancers/ choregoraphers Martha Graham and Gene Kelly Musicians Stephen Foster, Henry Mancini, Billy Strayhorn, Billy Eckstine and George Benson Vocalists Lena Horne and Perry Como Pulitzer Prize-winning writers August Wilson and Annie Dillard Environmentalist and Silent Spring author Rachel Carson Actors / Musicians Michael Keaton, The Vogues, Rusted Root, Christina Aguilera, Bobby Vinton, Jeff Goldblum and Dennis Miller Football superstars Tony Dorsett, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and Gus Frerotte. Pittsburgh's Famous Food The Big Mac, the world's most famous hamburger, was 'invented' near Pittsburgh by McDonald's franchise owner Jim Delligatti in 1967 and distributed nationally in 1968. Heinz Ketchup, invented in Pittsburgh by H.J. Heinz. Pierogies, found at restaurants throughout Pittsburgh, reflect Pittsburgh's Polish heritage. Cooked in butter, these delicious dumplings are stuffed with potato and other flavorings depending on the creativity and tradition of the cook. Chipped Ham is one of Pittsburgh's most famous foods. This spicy lunch meat made its debut in 1933 at Isaly's, a locally based family chain of dairy stores. Former Pittsburghers are known to have it trucked or flown across the country when they get a hankering for this hometown favorite. The Klondike Bar, another Isaly's original, is a vanilla ice-cream bar dipped in pure chocolate and packaged in a familiar silver wrapper. They cost a nickel when Sam Isaly invented them in 1929. Wedding Soup, that delectable Italian broth with tiny meatballs and rich egg pastina, is served throughout the city. Fried Zucchini Strips - thin, crispy and savory, are a hometown original and popular as an appetizer. 'Pittsburgh Salad' - take any salad and top with french fries. Primanti Bros. Sandwich - A sandwich with the fries and coleslaw added right in. Invented during the Depression so that day laborers could hold their entire lunch in one hand. "

    Eric Schulties | The Institute for Transfusion Medicine | 1100 people | March 18, 2010, 2:29 pm

  • "As we are a major developer of commercial and residential real estate in the city this infastructure would be a great amenity for major corporations, small businesses, our regions healthcare and educational facilities and last but not least, current and future residential dwellers. "

    Lucas Piatt | Millcraft Industries Inc. | 30 people | March 18, 2010, 2:04 pm

  • "Because we're the birthplace of industrial tech- of robots and steel mills, of moving toward the future by reclaiming current resources! Google Fiber is a perfect fit!"

    Sarah York Rubin | The Hillman Center for Performing Arts | 1000+ people | March 18, 2010, 12:40 pm

  • "First & foremost due to our diversity. Secondly, our passion for embracing new challenges & always finding a solution. Lastly, I believe we have the largest senior population...of Googlers :)"

    Eric | Pittsburgh's Official Google Meetup | 112 people | March 18, 2010, 12:01 pm

  • "The greater Pittsburgh is an emerging leader in healthcare as well as information technology services. The workforce here is well-educated, trained and eager to help Pittsburgh experience a new chapter in its exciting life. Bring Google Fiber to Pittsburgh and help breathe some life in a revitalizing city!"

    Gary Janchenko | Pediatric Alliance, P.C. | 300 people | March 18, 2010, 11:50 am

  • "Growing innvoative economy with high technology focus"

    Patrick McCarthy | ATRP Solutions Incorporated | 10 people | March 18, 2010, 11:34 am

  • "Innovation. "

    Bryan Rohm | Stonecipher Law Firm | 12 people | March 18, 2010, 11:27 am

  • "We currently have fiber from Verizon and since we've had it installed 3 years ago our productivity has increased greatly. The companies and individuals that make up the Pittsburgh Community have always been known for their hard work ethic and I'd like to think that each time an opportunity to get more done comes around we're more than willing to adopt it and use it to its full extent. Bring it on!"

    Shane Herrington | Herrington & Company, LLC | 3 people | March 18, 2010, 11:26 am

  • "Pittsburgh has a rich history of entrepreneurship -- which almost always starts in the home. High speed internet service would go a long way toward sustaining this tradition."

    Carl Ronald | The Ronald Law Group, LLC | 2 people | March 18, 2010, 11:07 am

  • "We at Podcamp Pittsburgh have seen how Pittsburgh has been on the forefront of New Media for our over four years of existence. We believe that the opportunity to use technology like this will be another great boon to the growth of New Media in the city that already embraces a high amount of technology and social media. "

    Michael Sorg | Podcamp Pittsburgh | 34 people | March 18, 2010, 10:53 am

  • "Olson Zaltman Associates is a research-based consulting firm that works with Fortune 100 companies across the globe. We often use Pittsburgh as one of our markets when conducting consumer interviews for our clients. Often, these clients are from the technology industry, and in fact, we have used Pittsburgh as a market to attract consumer "techies" or those on the leading-edge of technology adoption. We have found Pittsburgh consumers to: . be extremely open to sharing their opinions . have strong, honest values and character . be representative of many key demographics For the reasons state above, I feel strongly that Pittsburgh could serve as a strong test market for this particular Google initiative. Lindsay Zaltman, Managing Director, Olson Zaltman Associates "

    Lindsay Zaltman | Olson Zaltman Associates | 18 people | March 18, 2010, 10:47 am

  • "PITTSBURGH (Pennsylvania)-Pediatric Alliance, P.C., founded in 1996 is the largest physician owned pediatric practice in the Pittsburgh area, 10 divisions with a total of 14 offices including specialty divisions in endocrinology and allergy, asthma and immunology. Our commitment to using technology to advance how healthcare is delivered across our system is innovated. The use of our electronic heath records, lab interfacing, ERx, a state of the art web site, a Twitter account & E-communication to keep parents informed and our ability to data mine our enterprise system so that our physicians can practice better medicine are all a major part of our operations. Additionally, we have plans to put into production a patient portal and other technologies that improve communication with patients and streamline the workflow of the offices to reduce the administrative burden place on providers. All of these activities, which produce a better health care delivery system, require resources to make it effective. A partnership with Google would have a major impact on our strategic initiatives to offer a better healthcare system to the community. "

    James Troup | Pediatric Allaince, PC | 305 people | March 18, 2010, 10:38 am

  • "This technology will greatly expand applications in healthcare and technology, where Pittsburgh is already a national leader."

    Joe Bettinger | Hieber's Pharmacy, Inc. | 15 people | March 18, 2010, 10:35 am

  • "Pittsburgh is one of the cutting edge technical cities on the east coast. We are known for cutting edge healthcare and technology which this fast broadband connection would help in developing more technologies that the entire country would benefit from. Example. Over the past 7 years, I weas c harged by DPW and OMHSAS to develope a better more cost effective way to deliver Telemedicine services for rural shortage area heatlthcare providers. I started with Polycom and quickly moved to a web based system. My organization is a leader in Telemedicine services in PA. The Google internet would help grow this which would cause better healthcare to be delivered anywhere in the world. Sincerely, George Dukic Director of Information Systems CRCSI"

    George Dukic | Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services | 350 people | March 18, 2010, 10:30 am

  • "everone should have to high speed"

    Mr. Sourabh Vohra | Monika Computer Noida | single one people | March 18, 2010, 10:26 am

  • "Fiber would provide us the ability to deliver our education and business coaching services to our nationwide customers."

    Tim Smith | LandOpt | 10 people | March 18, 2010, 10:10 am

  • "We got the G20, we got World Environment Day, we got the first and largest LEED-certified convention center in North America. Wouldn't it be fitting?"

    Henry Clay Webster | The Northside Chronicle | 3 people | March 18, 2010, 10:10 am

  • "Healthcare, Center for Connected Medicine, UPMC - dbMotrion needs this!"

    Kate Kolbrener | dbMotion | 140 people | March 18, 2010, 10:08 am

  • "In recent years, Pittsburgh has not reaped the economic benefits the entertainment industry can spawn, as people and projects have been forced to go elsewhere for commercial development. Fortunately, Pittsburgh has the opportunity to reposition itself as a key player in the $1.5 trillion dollar entertainment and media industry due to: Technological advances in producing and distributing visual media. New federal and state tax incentives A focus on family friendly entertainment and other alternative economic models to studio blockbusters Identifying talented individuals who are interested in careers in the entertainment industry."

    Jodi S Klebick | Steeltown Entertainment Project | 12 people | March 18, 2010, 10:04 am

  • "Pittsburgh has a history of innovation like no other place in the world, and bringing the Google Fiber Network would only add to the indelible imprint that the two-time 'America's Most Livable City' has on the world. As Pittsburgh has shed its dirty, steel city reputation and become a leader in green technology, medicine, and robotics, it is a natural fit for Google to choose Western Pennsylvania to lead yet another surge. The Senator John Heinz History Center celebrates our region's incredible impact on the world in its "Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation" exhibition, and adding Google's new technology to that list of hundreds of world-changing inventions would put two top leaders together: Pittsburgh and Google. "

    Michael A Sendro | Senator John Heinz History Center | 100-250 people | March 18, 2010, 9:45 am

  • "Pittsburgh has shown itself to be an innovative, forward-thinking city that can reinvent itself to keep up with a changing world. What better place for Google to pioneer its new technology?"

    Melissa McMasters | Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy | 20 people | March 18, 2010, 9:32 am

  • "Pittsburgh with the support of or local universities shuld be leading the way in construction information technology"

    Nathan Scigliano | Nathan Contracting | 40 people | March 18, 2010, 8:39 am

  • "Every industry will benefit from this partnership and Google will benefit from Pittsburgh."

    Dave Burns | State Pipe Services Inc. | 55 people | March 18, 2010, 8:33 am

  • "We use large BIM models in real time interaction with consultant teams outside our office. Pittsburgh is home to a growing high tech community, and has a large, sophisticated user base to help test Google Fiber."

    Joel Bernard | IKM, Incorporatated | 43 people | March 18, 2010, 8:02 am

  • "We are a small, web-based (home) business trying to teach parents and professionals better strategies for supporting children with autism. Imagine how many more caretakers & providers could attend our workshops if I didn't have to travel around the country to give them!"

    Jill Fain Lehman | KidAccess, Inc. | 1 people | March 18, 2010, 7:51 am

  • "We have an excellent Linux user's group. It was birthed from Carnegie Mellon, but is independent and useful to the community. We offer community support to new and experienced computer users looking for alternatives to Microsoft. This group is very active for a city of our size. It shows that there are plenty of technical early adopters in this city."

    Michael Semcheski | Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group | 25 people | March 17, 2010, 11:48 pm

  • "because we have great mix of businesses, non-profits and cultural institutions that would test the different uses of the technology. Adoption of new Fios Fiber network has been very high in neighborhoods where Verizon has rolled it out - they are just taking forever - so Google could beat them to the punch."

    Mark Masterson | Northside Community Development Fund | 3 people | March 17, 2010, 11:28 pm

  • "We are a KPCB backed renewable energy start up that has been growing at well over 500%/year. We will exportable technology innovation to Pittsburgh and because we plan to ultimately be a global organization, we will require massive amounts of bandwidth to effectively coordinate our operations."

    Theodore Wiley | Aquion Energy | 14 people | March 17, 2010, 11:05 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is a strong growing community in the technology, medical communications. With so much here I know the people in Pittsburgh would be a great choose for Google's new fiber internet. "

    Chales | C&R Productions | 4 people | March 17, 2010, 10:44 pm

  • "because it is close to Cal U and the easy access to this beautiful thriving city is what makes this part of Pennsylvania great!"

    Janie Walmsley | California University of Pennsylvania | 9500 people | March 17, 2010, 10:39 pm

  • "It has reemerged from a collapsed rust belt city to a place where technical jobs are main stay. It is placed perfectly to serve as an internet and internet2 hub for the east coast."

    Paul Jaglowski | Upper St Clair School District | 700 people | March 17, 2010, 10:01 pm

  • "If Pittsburgh would recieve the high speed network its proximity to the large east coast metropolitan areas could turn Pittsburgh into an east coast "silicon valley". The improved google data infrastructure will only add to our well trained friendly and diverse work force, great school districts, easy access to care and recreational facilities and low cost of living."

    Raymond F Delien | The Desk Doctors | 5 people | March 17, 2010, 9:43 pm

  • "Because we faster, better internet and it it is not available now. There is limited competition, and service is poor"

    Hank Jedema | Scientific Design | 2 people | March 17, 2010, 8:34 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is filled with a treasure trove of hard working entrepreneurs, startups and technology companies constantly chomping at the bit to make a difference and innovate. Pittsburgh deserves a chance to help lead the next wave of the need for speed. Pittsburgh can deliver on all that is needed to help Google with it's Fiber Project. "

    Jay Resio | MyGov365 | 20 people | March 17, 2010, 8:26 pm

  • "We're already a WiFi city and this will enable us to better connect with cyclist all over the world!"

    Bruce Woods | Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club | 56 people | March 17, 2010, 8:06 pm

  • "This is the place for growth. Pittsburgh was known for it Steel City, it can be know for internet and high tech."

    Thomas Anthony Moore | 7 Moore Blessings, Inc. | 8 people | March 17, 2010, 5:23 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is historically the home of technology and innovation. Google's presence here in high speed Google Fiber will help people to understand the importance of blending new and old-history and future."

    Susan Lephart | Airlift Research Foundation | 4 people | March 17, 2010, 4:49 pm

  • "How could Pittsburgh not be a place for Google fiber? With all of the universities and our established tech industry, we could be a showcase for the technology. Eric Schmidt visited Pittsburgh this fall and spoke at the Council's pre-G-20 Summit. He took immediate notice that Pittsburgh is an emerging powerhouse. He couldn't get over the diversity of our industry. Besides, Pittsburgh has Google's coolest office. It's a no-brainer!"

    Jonathan Kersting | Pittsburh Technology Council | 22 people | March 17, 2010, 4:24 pm

  • "The creative sector in Pittsburgh is fueling its rebirth and many of the arts organization, including ours, are embracing new technologies to connect to our audiences in exciting new ways."

    Dek Ingraham | Phase 3 Productions | 7 people | March 17, 2010, 3:33 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is a fantastic place for Google Fiber because it would help keep our young leaders in Western Pennsylvania and provide them an outlet to take full advantage of the resources at their fingertips!"

    Scott Wojciechowski | I Lead with Integrity, Inc. | 100 people | March 17, 2010, 3:23 pm

  • "The city is filled with technology talent and could use help proving that to the world."

    Matthew Lipay | BDT Computing Solutions | 5 people | March 17, 2010, 3:17 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is tight-knit community that believes in expanding knowledge and building long-lasting relationships. We're also a very proud community that fervently promotes our appreciation for the city."

    Jami Broom | Clicks Internet Marketing | 1 people | March 17, 2010, 3:01 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is this country's best kept secret! Many small businesses, like ours, rely on Google's technology to keep running to the best of our ability! BRING GOOGLE FIBER TO PITTSBURGH!"

    Joe Serkoch | Orionvega, LLC | 4 people | March 17, 2010, 2:52 pm

  • "Pittsburgh has an active and growing entrepreneurial community, many of which rely heavily on (and invent) cutting-edge internet technologies. Furthermore, a considerable fraction of all Pittburgh start-up companies begin in the home. Access to high-speed internet via Google fiber will significantly improve the ability of these entrepreneurs to build their businesses and create new jobs for the region."

    Gary Gardiner | Idea Foundry | 10 people | March 17, 2010, 2:51 pm

  • "Innovation lives here in Pittsburgh."

    Jeffrey Inscho | Mattress Factory | 20 people | March 17, 2010, 2:40 pm

  • "Pittsburgh is a resilient community. When the steel industry began to decline, we found ways to re-invent ourselves. Pittsburgh's 'new ecomony', with particular focus on education and healthcare, is uniquely positioned to utilize a resource such as Google Fiber."

    George Mathews | Three Rivers Contingency Planning Association | 400 people | March 17, 2010, 2:23 pm

  • "We are a hard working population with a need to stay advanced in our daily lives."

    Lawrence Paul | Salon 5844 Corp | 5 people | March 17, 2010, 2:20 pm

  • "What makes Google special is that it has pioneered the democratization of information so that anyone with a computer can have access to an infinite amount of information. It doesn't matter if that person is rich/poor, black/white/Asian, a resident of the inner city community or the suburbs. Information is Power and because of Google all have the potential to be powerful. As long as that person has access to a computer, Google has made the playing field to obtain information level. Following the example started by Google, Pittsburgh is well on the road to democratizing the benefits of information technology so that all residents of the city benefit from technology and technology based investment. We are seeing the benefits of this technology revolution -- that has at its core -- the democratization of technology taking root in the neighborhoods like East Liberty, The Hill District, Uptown, The Northside and the Southside. Residents in these communities are embracing technology and technology companies are choosing those areas as their homes. If Pittsburgh receives this Fiber, Google will see a continuation of the Democratization movement that it started when it began as a research project in 1996. Among other things, Google will see . Enhanced education, job training and workforce preparedness for the 21st century that positively impact even the most underserved communities in Pittsburgh. . The Creation of communities where small businesses and sole entrepreneurs have access to technology that allows them to compete and even out perform their larger peers. Google, Pittsburgh is ready to continue the information revolution that you started. "

    William Generett Jr. | The Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation zone | 5 people | March 17, 2010, 1:42 pm

Press Coverage

Local coverage for the Google Fiber Project

  • Mayor declares Friday 'Google Day'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 25, 2010

  • Pick us! Pick us! Pittsburgh pursues Google's ultrafast fiber optic Internet--you can help!

    Pop City | March 24, 2010

  • Pittsburgh hearts Google | March 19, 2010

  • And then the pigs, they did fly.

    That's Church | March 19, 2010

  • Residents urged to help city become Google test site

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 17, 2010

  • Pittsburgh makes its pitch for Google broadband

    Pittsburgh Business Times | March 17, 2010

  • Leaders tout Pittsburgh for Google high-speed network

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | March 17, 2010

  • Pittsburgh Mayor And Carnegie Mellon President Call On Community To Help Bring Google Fiber To Pittsburgh

    City of Pittsburgh Press Release | March 17, 2010

  • Region to put in bid for ultra-fast Google product

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | March 13, 2010

  • Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon pursue high-speed Internet

    The Tartan Online | February 22, 2010

  • City and CMU Seek Selection by Google for Ultra-fast Broadband Network

    City of Pittsburgh Press Release | February 12, 2010

National coverage for the Google Fiber Project

  • Hoping for a Gift From Google? Go Jump in the Lake

    The New York Times | March 21, 2010

  • Google to build ultra high-speed networks in the U.S.

    Computerworld | February 10, 2010

  • Google in the broadband business? Hardly

    Computerworld | February 10, 2010

  • Google to Launch Experimental Fiber Network

    Home and Media Magazine | February 10, 2010

  • Gaga for Google Broadband

    Business Week | March 3, 2010

  • How Much Will Google's Fiber Network Cost?

    Business Week | February 11, 2010

  • Google to build high-bandwidth fiber network in US

    DatacenterDynamics | February 10, 2010

  • Google's Fiber-to-the-Home Experiment Could Cost $750 Million or More

    VideoNuze / Broadband Directions | February 10, 2010

  • Google's Little Fiber Experiment Could Cost Over $1 Billion

    Barron's | February 10, 2010

  • Google Dangles 100 Times Faster Web Speeds Via Fiber

    Bloomberg | February 11, 2010

Pittsburgh in the news

  • 2009 Remarkable Year for Region, VisitPittsburgh

    VisitPittsburgh | March 24, 2010

  • Pittsburgh City Council passes bike parking legislation

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | March 24, 2010

  • Slumbering Pittsburgh Neighborhood Reawakens

    The New York Times | March 2, 2010

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