- March 17, 2010
City, Carnegie Mellon Launch PittsburghGoesGoogle.com Web site
Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl have announced a new web site, www.PittsburghGoesGoogle.com, where residents, businesses and other organizations can make their best arguments for Google Inc. to deploy an ultrafast broadband network in Pittsburgh.
Carnegie Mellon is helping the city prepare a proposal to Google to include Pittsburgh in the new Google Fiber for Communities project, which will deliver Internet services at one-gigabit-a-second speeds to between 50,000 and 500,000 people. Communities have until March 26 to submit proposals to Google to be considered as test bed sites.
The city’s proposal will emphasize that Carnegie Mellon, UPMC and other local research organizations have a track record of innovation and can help pioneer new applications that take advantage of the ultrafast network. And the city government has pledged to eliminate as much red tape as possible as Google installs fiber optic cable and deploys the network.
But Google also is looking for signs of broader, community-wide support, prompting the city to announce the new web site at a news conference March 17.
“Pittsburgh has the intellectual bandwidth to complement Google’s networking infrastructure,” Cohon said. “Google recognizes that Carnegie Mellon and our fellow universities here are pipelines for talent and wellsprings of innovation in engineering, policy, business, the sciences, computer science, and the arts. I think what Google will learn in the coming weeks is that this entire community is similarly focused on the future.”
Competition for the Google project is stiff. “Baltimore, Seattle, Indianapolis…there are many, many cities across the country that are going after this aggressively,” said Howard Stern, the city’s chief information officer.
Other cities have tried to stir interest with gimmicks, such as changing the name of the city to Google or by having city officials jump in icy lakes, Ravenstahl noted. “We don’t need to do that here in Pittsburgh,” he added. “Our credentials stand on their own.”
About Carnegie Mellon:
Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a
distinctive mix of programs in engineering, computer science, robotics, business,
public policy, fine arts and the humanities. More than 10,000 undergraduate and
graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on creating
and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration,
and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for
close interaction between students and professors. While technology is pervasive
on its 144-acre Pittsburgh campus, Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive among
leading research universities for the world-renowned programs in its College of
Fine Arts. A global university, Carnegie Mellon has campuses in Silicon Valley, Calif.,
and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia and Europe.
For more, see www.cmu.edu