Facebook is planning to build a $1 billion data center project in Altoona, Iowa, that will cover 1.4 million square feet and serve as what the company says will be “the most advanced data center in the world.”The article reports that it was down to Iowa or Nebraska. No mention of Wisconsin ever being a contender.
Why not? Where was Scott Walker and his Economy Destroying Cronies?
Reading the article can give us clues why. For example, the second paragraph (emphasis mine):
The Des Moines Register, quoting sources in the state legislature, said the data center, code-named “Catapult,” will be built in two $500 million phases. When completed the total cost of the data center is expected to hit $1.5 billion. As part of the deal, Facebook is also seeking wind energy production tax credits that would require legislative action.Oops. That could present a problem when we have cartoon caricatures like State Senator Frank Lassee, who has a severe phobia of windmills.
Reading on, we find another hang up:
The Register reports that the Facebook facility will be located in what is being called a “data center corridor,” due to its access to an extensive interstate fiber-optic cable system that is already installed within the city and running along Interstate Highway 80. It is in proximity to adequate power and water utilities. Land is affordable and has low natural-disaster risks. It is accessible to interstate highways.Oops. They did it again!
Thanks to Walker's myopia, Wisconsin lags in the area of broadband availability and speed:
A lack of reliable and affordable broadband service in many areas in Wisconsin is hampering the ability of individuals and businesses to capitalize on new technologies, the chief executive of the state's economic development agency said Thursday.The article doesn't say, but I would hazard to guess that Walker's insipid postings about getting hot ham and rolls on Sundays or Tonette's chili also only served to shoot our chances down.
Wisconsin ranks 22nd among states in average broadband speed and 26th in adoption of broadband service faster than 4 megabits per second, according to new figures from Akamai Technologies, a Cambridge, Mass., firm that tracks global broadband trends.