In the quiet residential areas of Ashburn, VA, people jog and walk their dogs, kids play on soccer fields and older residents rest on the banks of man-made lakes. It might come as a surprise that this idyllic suburban setting is also the literal home of the Internet.
It’s under their feet.
More specifically, it is under both sides of Ashburn’s road network in the form of buried fiber lines. Over 70% of the world’s internet traffic passes through the fiber buried in Ashburn. If you have saved a document to the cloud, don’t look up, look to the 18 million square feet of data storage run by a hundred data storage firms in the Ashburn area. AOL introduced Ashburn to the internet in 1990 and the industry, and the need for technical staffing, has since exploded with firms like Verizon, Sabey Data Centers, Intelligent Decisions and Telos calling Ashburn home. With low land costs, cheap reliable electrical service and a highly educated technical workforce, Ashburn represents a great opportunity for new IT firms as well as great technical staffing positions.