[SIGCIS-Members] Internet traffic in northern Virginia

Ceruzzi, Paul CeruzziP at si.edu
Tue Oct 15 07:38:50 PDT 2019

An article in yesterday's Washington Post (by Antonio Olivo, Metro Section, Oct. 13, 2019), is about the changing racial and ethnic demographics of Loudoun County, Virginia, once a sleepy southern farming area, little changed for a century. It is now a diverse, IT- and Defense-oriented exurb of DC. The article mentions in passing that "70% of the world's Internet Traffic passes through" Loudoun County data centers.

Is this possible? On what sources did the reporter base that information? I've driven by the "cloud servers" in Ashburn, Virginia, and they are impressive. But still?

Paul Ceruzzi
Curator Emeritus, Department of Space History
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20013-7012

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