Planned Internet gateway could provide backup

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 18, 2011 - 11:19 PM

Most Twin Cities Internet traffic flows through one Minneapolis building, but an Eagan data center wants to be an alternative.

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typingwordsDec. 19, 11 8:36 AM

Please build this. My business is screwed if I can't access the internet.

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jknuttilaDec. 19, 11 1:49 PM

It's a good thing you got a quote from the landlord of the building, who would know nothing about the technology, so that he could confirm for you that he knew nothing about the technology. That way, you could include it in the story.

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teckgeekDec. 20, 11 1:26 PM

There's a lot of mis-information out there about Minnesota's long-haul fiber in and out of the State, as well as the State having limited data centers for cross-connects. There are at least three (3) "telecom hotels" (as they are called), in Minneapolis (511 Building and Marquette Plaza are two of them), one in Edina, and several smaller cross-connect locations throughout the Twin Cities. Furthermore, Minnesota already has diverse long-haul fiber connections to other markets. Chicago is the largest pipe, and nearly every provider is in it. CenturyLink has a significant fiber pipe that goes south to Des Moines. XO Communications has a route to Seattle, and South Dakota Networks recently connected a pipe from Denver to Minneapolis. Furthermore, I've learned that IronGate Data Centers in planning a large telecom hotel in East metro - yet another location for cross-connects. It seems to me that the City of Eagan may be puffing up the State's need for diverse fiber routes to attract IT businesses to their City.

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teckgeekDec. 20, 11 1:38 PM

jknuttila, The landlord of the 511 Building has master-leased the "telecom hotel" within the building to The Minnesota Gateway. The landlord doesn't know all the specifics of the fiber because he's leased those assets (or the ability to solicit those assets) to the pro's.

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