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Facebook’s Next Data Center Will Be in Iowa

iowa_postcardSocial networking giant Facebook is apparently the company behind a mysterious data center construction project under way in the town of Altoona, Iowa, according to a report in the Des Moines Register. It would be Facebook’s fourth company-owned data center. The others are in Prineville, Ore., Forest City, N.C., and Lulea, Sweden.

The Register says the data center will be 1.4 million square feet. There’s no word yet about what incentives, if any — tax breaks and the like — the state of Iowa is expected to provide. And there’s no word on how many jobs the facility will provide. Facebook is also said to want some tax credits for using wind power; that will require a vote by the state legislature.

State officials have been kind of hush-hush about the whole thing, and apparently there was pretty stiff competition between Iowa and Nebraska to win the deal. Google and Microsoft have recently opened data centers in the state, as well.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik