@hkonnath: ‘We want to move fast’: Facebook’s new data center near Papillion should be online by 2020

[Now we begin to understand why Senator Ben Sasse is carrying the MIC Coalition and the Internet Association’s water on fixing the pre-72 loophole in the Music Modernization Act.  Maybe Michael Beckerman promised to take him shoe shopping?  Is this the New Cornhusker Kickback?

As state and city leaders shared congratulatory handshakes and posed for photos with shiny blue Facebook shovels Tuesday morning, construction was already beginning on the social media giant’s new data center south of Papillion.

“We want to move fast,” said Tom Furlong, vice president of infrastructure for Facebook.

Timing is key for Facebook when it comes to site selection, Furlong said after the announcement at Papillion’s City Hall. He was joined by Gov. Pete Ricketts, Papillion Mayor David Black and other state and county leaders, who took turns standing in front of a backdrop featuring Facebook’s logo intermingled with the Greater Omaha Chamber’s “We Don’t Coast” slogan.

Nebraska leaders say the deal was years in the making.

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