Read that site's description of the benefits that Google Fiber would bring to Pittsburgh:
- Enhanced education, job training and workforce preparedness for the 21st century
- State-of-the-art delivery of health services to a much wider population base
- The network infrastructure to support the new innovations for which Pittsburgh is famous, in research, technology, development, education, health, business, the arts, and many other areas
- Far better Internet access for all, potentially at reduced cost
- An increasingly attractive place for businesses to locate, expand, and stay
- An opportunity to continue to stand out as the "Eds and Meds" hub that continues to reinvent itself (as highlighted during the recent G-20 Summit hosted by President Obama).
- A chance to showcase and extend our regional strengths in computer science, information technology, and robotics; life sciences, energy and the environment, and materials.
- New jobs, both creating the new infrastructure and working with the new applications it enables.
- The Googleplex of the Alleghenies, formerly known as Pittsburgh International Airport. Use Google's network management technologies to get Pittsburghers where they need to go, when they need to go there, without public subsidies.
- Pothole management, street repair, and snow removal: Infrastructure is infrastructure. While we're at it, how about a Google service that minimizes the likelihood that drivers will slow down needlessly when they approach tunnels?
That's just a start. (Chime in with other, better ideas.) The problem is that we don't have Al Franken. Duluth, also in the running for Google Fiber, has Al Franken. (Some people might say: That's no problem at all.) As Chris asked in the comments to the last post, who is Pittsburgh's Al Franken?