Sen. Somers: “A vocal advocate” for CT data center jobs legislation

March 2, 2021


A vocal advocate for the bill, Somers said it would create a landscape needed to increase jobs, decrease reliance on the gaming and defense industries, and provide opportunities for land that otherwise isn’t being used.

She stressed that hyperscale data centers need consistent energy, fiber connectivity, and land, but unlike other buildings that require sewer and other infrastructure, data centers could be located in more rural areas.

They also are attracted by tax breaks.

Somers also noted that data is doubling every 18 months and there’s not enough cloud space for storage, and that Connecticut hospitals have their storage in Indiana.