Pittsburgh I-Net Working Group
c/o Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation 5149 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Ph. (412) 441-9833 Fax No. (412) 441-6956 www.pgh-inet.org
November 2, 1999
C. Michael Armstrong
Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, AT&T
32 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
Dear Mr. Armstrong,
A wonderful opportunity for AT&T is emerging is the Pittsburgh region.
The Pittsburgh I-Net Working Group and the City of Pittsburgh have brought forth a proposal to AT&T to provide, as part of a franchise renewal, an Institutional Network (I-Net). This I-Net would connect Pittsburghs Public School Buildings, Carnegie Libraries and Museums, City government buildings, and eventually community non-profit organizations, providing the youth and residents of our communities with access to the most up-to-date communication systems to prepare them for the technology of the future.
A great team has evolved that can make AT&T a real corporate partner with our communities. At a recent meeting with Pittsburghs Regional Vice President of AT&T, James Mazur, members of the I-Net Working Group shared their goals and visions for the Pittsburgh I-Net. The Working Group was greatly impressed with AT&Ts understanding of this issue and the appearance of a desire to drive the I-Net forward.
Just to update you on the progress of this campaign, the I-Net Working Group is presently; meeting with every City Council member in order to gain their support for the creation of the I-Net, organizing a media campaign to educate the general public about the I-Net, and finally working on an extensive campaign to gain the support of key stakeholder groups throughout Pittsburgh. The I-Net Working Group is preparing for the public process that will occur when a proposal is brought forth to the Pittsburgh City Council.
The Pittsburgh I-Net Working Group strongly believes the Institutional Network would not only help our communities, but also provide short- and long-term benefits for AT&T. We are asking that you please look over the enclosed information, which includes a brief outline of the I-Net proposal submitted to AT&T and an op-ed piece run in the Sunday, October 24, 1999 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at (412) 441-9833.
Richard R. Flanagan
Youth Development Director
cc: AT&T Board of Directors, Regional V.P. James Mazur, Pittsburgh City Council, Mayor Tom Murphy, Deputy Mayor Tom Cox, Pgh I-Net Working Group