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Bank of America Endorses Clean Network Infrastructure

April 05, 2017

The Future of Internet Power group has gained a new member. The consortium of companies that require a large amount of server space and data processing power aims to “power the Internet with 100 percent renewable energy” to make their business practices less detrimental to the environment. Members of this group already contain large, well known companies like Adobe, Facebook, and Salesforce, and earlier this week another large national corporation joined the movement: Bank of America.

Bank of America is the sixteenth member of this group, which is mainly focused on taking matters into its own hands when it comes to the future of data energy storage, regardless of federal mandates or standards. Under Barack Obama, the government was very helpful to businesses who sought to undertake clean energy initiatives, but things look to be moving in a different direction under President Trump. Nevertheless, these businesses remain strongly committed to finding a clean solution for finding energy for their data processing in the future.

Kelly Gallo, the manager at Businesses for Social Responsibility, a not-for-profit group that partnered with businesses to create the Future of

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Internet Power group, expressed pleasure at the announcement from Bank of America. “It’s a good tipping point, having Bank of America’s support,” Gallo said in an interview with Data Center Knowledge. “It sends the signal that the initiative is not only for tech companies.”

Groups like these are extremely important at a time when the futures of both technology and the environment are in question. Technology is allowing businesses to do more than ever before, but doing so requires incredible amounts of processing power. As it currently stands, renewable energy is still more expensive than traditional energy sources, but there is a real possibility that groups such as this one will help to reduce that cost in the future. This will be an interesting line for businesses to walk in the future as they seek to balance their practical business needs with concerns about the environment moving forward.

Edited by Alicia Young

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