Google is adding a $ 600 million data center in a suburb of Dallas. One of three projects announced this week as the search engine giant embarks on a $ 13 billion expansion in the United States.
The initiative, in the context of growing antitrust oversight of the Mountain View, Calif.-based company, and its Silicon Valley peers, illustrates the economic benefits of these companies that supporters often invoke in their quest for success. defend.
Google's planned investment in 2019 includes investments in 14 states, CEO Sundar Pichai Siad in February. That includes Midlothian, Texas, about 25 miles from Dallas, where the company will hire 50 full-time workers over the next few years, in addition to employing hundreds of construction workers.
"2019 marks the second year in a row, our growth will be faster outside the Bay Area than in this one," Pichai said. "This growth will allow us to invest in the communities where we operate, while enhancing the products and services that help billions of people and businesses around the world."
Google announced Monday investments of $ 17 million in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. The company also announced Thursday a $ 600 million expansion to Pryor, Oklahoma, bringing its total investment in the Midwest to $ 3.2 billion.
"This site is an important part of our global network of data centers," said Pichai, who went to Pryor for the announcement. "This network drives your search, email, all the photos you store and cherish, and maps that help you find the quickest way to your home."
Despite such investments and its unique motto "Do not be demonic", Google is struggling with negative reactions in Europe and the United States. Presidential candidates suggest that some companies should be divided.
In 2018, European regulators said Google had asked phone makers using its open source Android operating system to install Google Search and Google Chrome apps on devices so they could connect to the Google Play app store. Phone manufacturers do not have the right to pre-install Google apps on all devices as they also offer products running Android software developed without the agreement of the company.