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Switch Plans To Enhance Tech Infrastructure In Nevada

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  As the Las Vegas-based company Switch expands into northern Nevada, it plans on bringing unprecedented Internet connectivity to the state. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Founded about 15 years ago, Switch is home to one of the largest data centers in the world in southern Nevada, which provides data storage and management to more than 1,000 online companies. 

"Our first building up here on Tahoe-Reno Industrial campus is 1.2 million square feet, and is the single largest data center on planet Earth," he says. "So  we've got that covered. We've got the scale; we've got the space."

Adam Kramer is the company's vice president of strategy. He says this is the first of seven buildings planned on their new Reno campus, which will be solar powered.

Switch also plans to partner with Nevada Broadband to lay high-speed Fiber-Optic Internet cable from Vegas to Reno. 

"That connectivity is part of something we call our superloop," he says. "Where we're connecting Las Vegas to Reno, Reno to the Bay Area, the Bay Area to Los Angeles, and Los Angeles back to Vegas."

The company's goal, according to Kramer, is to build more reliable tech infrastructure than California and lure companies from the Bay Area to Nevada. 

Julia Ritchey is a former reporter at KUNR Public Radio.
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