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The Perfect Home for Data Centers

Crisscrossed by dark, lit and long-haul fiber optics, data center operators in the Columbus Region benefit from a robust fiber optic and electrical infrastructure, competitive power costs, low natural disaster risk and one of the nation’s best tax climates for data centers.

The Columbus Region is located at the center of Ohio, a state with no personal property, inventory or corporate income tax. Ohio offers a sales tax exemption on data center equipment for projects exceeding $100 million in capital investment and $1.5 million in payroll.

The Columbus Region is safely removed from major earthquake, hurricane, tornado and volcano zones—and its moderate climate with mild temperatures keeps cooling costs low.

The Columbus Region is also home to two important systems:

  • OARnet: a dedicated, 100 gigabits per second statewide high-speed fiber optic network of more than 2,240 miles of fiber optic backbone serving Ohio’s government, major research institutions, medical centers and the Ohio Supercomputer Center
  • Columbus FiberNet (CFN): a metropolitan duct system for broadband service providers and companies that want to run their own fiber

Many local communities in the Columbus Region are making additional investments in fiber infrastructure including Dublin, New Albany and Gahanna.

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  • Ohio is an Electric Choice state, allowing businesses to choose their generation service from 20 different suppliers.

  • The Region is home to more than 50 data centers, making it one of the most fiber-rich, high-tech areas in the U.S.

  • AEP operates its Network Operations Center—the largest network of transmission lines in the nation—from the Columbus Region.

  • The Columbus Region was named Intelligent Community of the year by Intelligent Communities Forum, which bases its ranking on broadband, knowledge, workforce, innovation, digital equity and advocacy.

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