Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Messages in the ether?

NPR's Marketplace Morning <s>Edition</s> Report (which I don't think plays here and is not the same show as the Marketplace which plays in the evening) had this piece on Pittsburgh:  Google in Pittsburgh signals tech burst with this lead in:

Google is expanding and hiring. That's hardly worth noting, but before you punch up your resume and start looking for an apartment in Boston or San Jose you should know that the expansion is in Pittsburgh.
Which got me wondering.. who won the Google fibre contest?  As best I can tell, nobody yet.  I think they have said they will choose by the end of the year.


Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

DON'T JINX IT. 'Sides which that's not ether that's Mark Nootbaar.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010 11:19:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

Jim Russell keeps implying he has an inside source saying it is Pittsburgh. I hope he is right--but I also wonder exactly how large a footprint we are talking about, and where.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Johnnyg said...

Dude. Never heard of the "Marketplace Morning Edition." But, if you mean the "Marketplace Morning Report," WDUQ plays that at 5:50 am. Early Bird gets the worm! (And, the piece did air yesterday, produced by Mark Nootbar of WDUQ.)

Wednesday, September 08, 2010 5:54:00 AM  
Blogger Burgher Jon said...

I'm thinking Topeka will win (but holding out hope for Pittsburgh). Between this (http://cjonline.com/news/local/2010-08-12/google_oz_doodle_not_a_hint) and this (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/01/is-google-really-changing_n_522410.html), I don't think Google would tease the people of Kansas like that.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010 7:12:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

It was a marketplace reporter who once told me they don't run their morning version in Pittsburgh, but maybe that has changed.

there are lots of reasons it would not make sense for Google to pick Pittsburgh.. If nothing else, the actual presence of the Google office works against us. Lots of reasons to think Google would want to spread the love and not do the fibre investment where they have an expanding office.

but we'll see

Wednesday, September 08, 2010 7:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Johnnyg said...

They didn't at one time. WDUQ added it maybe 9-10 months ago.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010 7:46:00 AM  
Blogger DaveP said...

I think Google Pittsburgh actually strengthens the case for the region to "win" Google Fiber. Google will be looking to demonstrate their ability to provide digital infrastructure for innovation. The emerging tech corridor in PGH (East Liberty to Oakland to Downtown) is a perfect demonstration scenario - on exactly the scale they have indicated they are interested in.

I was on the PittsburghGoesGoogle team, I think that local individuals and organizations did a fine job making the public case for Fiber. However, I think the most compelling reason for them to pick PGH is said tech corridor. Google PGH, CMU, Pitt, UPMC and the new startups...all of these can be served within the project parameters, and they can make excellent use of that fast connection. Can Topeka or any other city boast that kind of concentrated brainpower and possibility? Google is well aware of the leg up our region has, and IF they end up proceeding with the project, it would surprise me if they deem another region more suitable.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010 9:21:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Russell said...

I'm with DaveP. Google Pittsburgh is an asset that makes the city more attractive for the Google Fiber Pilot.

I'm still waiting for Forbes to retract its claim that Pittsburgh will win.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010 1:23:00 PM  

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