Make Way for Cascadia Gateway Initiative, a Long-Overdue Connection with Lots of Upside

VANCOUVER, BC & SEATTLE, WA -- When it comes to the Pacific Northwest, the construction of an independent, reliable, continuous, redundant, carrier-neutral and high-density fiber optic network between the current Western Canadian Internet technology hub at the Harbour Centre in Vancouver and the existing main Interconnect hub for the U.S. Pacific Northwest in Seattle, may be the biggest, most buzzworthy development on the horizon. Led by Varinet, stakeholders for the Cascadia Gateway Initiative include the City of Surrey, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, BW-Global Inc. and a number of other companies currently involved in the design and building of core-hardened fiber optic networks. The $180 Million project is slated to break ground in February 2019. The fiber link will run through a brand new, highly green, state-of-the-art data center proposed by VariNet for the City of Surrey and the Surrey City Development Corporation, and the project initiative also involves a sub-sea fiber connection to a new network connecting with Asia. Furthermore, VariNet will also build an 85,000 square feet greenhouse to re-purpose the wasted air from the new data center into heat for plant-life. “I’ve been watching the sub-marine capacity grow along the west coast of the U.S. for ten plus years, maybe fifteen. And for the longest time we were sitting on maybe 20-30 terabytes in total capacity of all cables up and down the coast,” remarked Michael Boyle, Strategic Planning Director for the Westin Exchange Building in…