National Public Radio technology correspondent Xeni Jardin featured Internet carrier hotels in a segment that aired yesterday. The piece spotlighted One Wilshire, the huge Los Angeles Internet hub owned and operated by CRG West, the technology real estate arm of the Carlyle Group. The report introduced carrier hotels and the basics of Internet infrastructure to a general audience, but also highlighted the fact that "business is booming" at One Wilshire, according to CRG West's David Dunn, who said One Wilshire has experienced demand from the emerging market for Internet video games.
Jardin, also one of the anchor bloggers at Boing Boing, used the recent earthquake in Taiwan to illustrate the resiliency of Internet infrastructure, noting that the networks housed at One Wilshire were able to route around the outages within several days of the earthquake. The segment also mentions the possibility the carrier hotels could be targeted by terrorists, an angle that has often turned up in media coverage of this industry. Internet security guru Bruce Schneier contributed a sound clip that placed the terrorist issue in perspective. You can listen here or check out the photos at Flickr.