Note — Sep 22, 2019

21st Century Datacenter Locations Driven by 19th Century Politics

Short read, interesting to infrastructure nerds and history buffs for the following bit.

Why did all of these telecommunication companies choose to locate their fiber cabling along this specific route across the United States? It’s because each of these cables are buried in the contiguous 200-foot right-of-way alongside the first transcontinental railroad, completed in 1869. The United States government granted these land rights to the Union Pacific railroad via the Pacific Railway Act of 1862. If you’re a telecommunication company in 2019 wishing to deploy new fiber across the United States, you only need to negotiate with a single entity: the Union Pacific railroad.