@naomielegant: The Internet Cloud [and @RonWyden] Has a Dirty Secret

[Editor Charlie sez:  Guess where some of Google’s data centers are located?  Senator Ron Wyden’s Oregon.  How’s that Green New Deal looking?]

The music video for “Despacito” set an Internet record in April 2018 when it became the first video to hit five billion views on YouTube. In the process, “Despacito” reached a less celebrated milestone: it burned as much energy as 40,000 U.S. homes use in a year.

Computer servers, which store website data and share it with other computers and mobile devices, create the magic of the virtual world. But every search, click, or streamed video sets several servers to work — a Google search for “Despacito” activates servers in six to eight data centers around the world — consuming very real energy resources.

Read the post on Fortune.

@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.