Originally posted on Data Center POST

Data Center POST had the opportunity to connect with Oren Wool, VP of Sustainability at Quantum Loophole, an innovative developer of first-of-its-kind Gigawatt-scale master planned data center communities. At Quantum Loophole, Oren is the driving force behind its eco-friendly initiatives in Frederick, Maryland. As a firm believer in innovative solutions that align business goals with sustainability, Oren works hard to minimize the environmental impact of Quantum Loophole and its clients. Learn more about Oren and Quantum Loophole’s fiber and connectivity initiatives in the Connected America 2023  interview below.  

Data Center POST (DCP) Question: When deploying new fiber network, do you have an opinion about whether the fiber should be buried (underground) or not – and where does this matter most and why?

Oren Wool, VP of Sustainability, Quantum Loophole (OW) Answer: QLoop is a ~ 40-mile custom fiber conduit system that Quantum Loophole is constructing to connect  Quantum Frederick – a 2100+ acre mass-scale data center development site – with the vast internet ecosystem in Northern Virginia (NoVA). For us, it was important to bury our fiber fairly deep. As such, the QLoop network connecting our Maryland community to NoVA is buried at a minimum depth of 56 inches because we know that some of our customers will want that added security.

DCP Q: The digital divide is real. From lack of fiber to educational opportunities that enable digital literacy, there’s a lot we need to do to equalize the playing field. What is your company doing to play a role in bridging this gap?

OW A: We believe that bringing massive backbone connectivity to a community like Frederick, Maryland, opens up a variety of different opportunities for businesses, schools and our residential neighbors. Because we have such a large development site with massive amounts of connectivity available, we want to be sure that the community understands the long-term value this adds. While we aren’t a service provider of internet or network services, we are in early conversations about how wireless and local ISPs can leverage our backbone to open connectivity for underserved communities.

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