SAN JOSE, California, Sept. 29, 2020 – Bandwidth Infrastructure Group (Bandwidth IG), a metro dark fiber network provider in Northern California and Greater Atlanta is expanding its high capacity, dark fiber, network within Douglas County, Georgia. Bandwidth IG is working in partnership with the region to attract and support new development and investment in the area.
Douglas County offers affordable land, a favorable business environment and a trained and qualified workforce all within a 25-minute drive of downtown Atlanta. With over $3 billion in investment over the last five years, Douglas County has emerged as a highly attractive area for data centers to expand and invest. Douglas County boasts a low risk of natural disasters, highly available and robust connectivity, attractive state and local tax incentives and abundant and reliable energy with costs of approximately 50% of the natural average.
“It is an honor to have partners of Bandwidth IG’s caliber who bring proven industry expertise to Douglas County,” says Chris Pumphrey, Executive Director of Douglas County Economic Development Authority. “The investment that Bandwidth IG is making in Douglas County plays a significant role in the economic growth of the region and contributes exponentially to the confidence that potential investors have in the market. With over 1,000 acres immediately available for future sites, infrastructure improvements by our county and city leaders, and the key partnerships we have in place with companies such as Bandwidth IG, Douglas County has garnered national attention as an emerging data center hub and we anticipate continued growth in this sector.”
Bandwidth IG recognizes the importance that high capacity, strategic, dark fiber networks with large fiber counts, diversity and low latency play in laying the groundwork for future development and economic growth. Fiber networks of this kind are extremely beneficial to the colocation business but also provide a great backbone for other industries, such as banking, finance and healthcare who can benefit from this infrastructure and connectivity. New development of this kind brings with it a highly skilled workforce with technical expertise and ultimately creates higher quality jobs, extending the benefits of the development throughout the community.
“Based on its merits, we can see Douglas County eventually being able to rival Loudon and Santa Clara counties for data center development. We have been working together with key members of the Economic Development team to transform policy, map out development and capacity, and share insights and opportunities with one another,” said Jim Nolte, CEO for Bandwidth IG. “Douglas County is a prime area that is ripe with new opportunities for growth and development and we are thrilled to be a part of its continued success.”
The new infrastructure that Bandwidth IG is building out offers diverse routes with high-capacity fiber to ensure the highest levels of throughput and business continuity. Building underground fiber was previously cost prohibitive making Bandwidth IG’s investment in the area even more valuable.