I’m convinced that a lack of fonts is a major barrier to an increase in the amount of content in certain languages on the web. Web fonts would go a long way toward fulfilling the “world wide” promise of the World Wide Web.
Cyberspace is a great chance for many communities using lesser-know languages. Quite a way to go until about 6972 languages become be first-class citizens... But it's good to hear more recognition of the key role libre/open fonts can play. Thankfully many in the open font community are busy creating and providing quality fonts while the various browsers make great progress supporting font linking. IMHO the fulfillment of the promise of a richer web is well underway.