Industry leaders from InterGlobix, Henrico Economic Development Authority, RVA757 Connects, CIVIC Leadership Institute and City of Norfolk recently gathered together for a virtual discussion that highlighted the region’s achievements in solidifying its status as a Global Internet Hub. Investments in Internet infrastructure are helping the region attain global Internet hub status, and to drive the social and economic vibrancy of the area.
“The subsea cables are the lifeblood of the digital economy and we have barely scratched the surface of their economic potential for Virginia,” said Vinay Nagpal, President of InterGlobix. “They’re the catalyst for building a world-class interconnection ecosystem. The cables have already elevated our region on the global connectivity map and will help us evolve into a world-class megaregion.”
Nagpal, who has led projects involving the convergence of data centers, subsea and terrestrial fiber across the globe in five continents gave the keynote presentation on the topic of “The Promise of Becoming a Global Internet Hub: An International Perspective.” In Virginia, Nagpal has co-founded the Richmond Network Access Point (NAP) in Henrico, helped deploy the DE-CIX interconnection platform, and serves as a founding member and Executive Director of the Internet Ecosystem Innovation Committee (IEIC) and Chairman of the NVTC Data Center and Cloud Community.
Other public sector leaders who participated in the discussion included Anthony Romanello, Executive Director of Henrico Economic Development Authority, founding member of IEIC, and Andria McClellan, Norfolk City Councilmember, Chair of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Vice-Chair of Southside Network Authority (Fiber Network Ring), providing valuable perspective insight on the importance of public-private partnership in driving economic development of a region.