Here’s Where the Internet Actually Lives

Posted on February 11, 2020 12:37 pm

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Have you ever stored something in the cloud and wondered where that data goes?  

You might be surprised to learn it’s in a quiet residential community about 30 miles outside the capital city of Washington, where people jog or walk their dogs around human-made lakes, children’s teams practice on soccer fields, and teens play pick-up basketball on community courts.  

The majority of the world’s internet traffic passes through the town of Ashburn in Loudoun County, Virginia, home to one of the world’s major internet exchanges.  

“It’s amazing when you think about the amount of fiber that’s in the ground,” says