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Switch was founded on the principle of karma: putting good energy out into the world and getting good energy
back. As Switch builds more data centers to respond to the rapid growth of the Internet, we work to ensure that
the surrounding communities, economies and the planet also benefit. Each year, we set aside funds designated
to supporting our local communities.

Rob Roy’s Innevation Center is our Founder and CEO’s philanthropic contribution back to the state of Nevada. It is a collaborative co-working and event space that is focused on the advancement and exploration of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and STEAM education.

University Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)
Switch has collaborated closely with UNLV to foster educational progress, career opportunities, and entrepreneurship in the local community.

  • Switch partnered with UNLV on its athletics initiative focused on sports-science, data analytics and student- athlete success; creating the Switch Sports Science Studio with a multi-year financial grant
  • Switch donated money towards the UNLV Senior Design Competition for the College of Engineering Design Project and hosted it free of charge at Rob Roy’s Innevation Center

Nevada Museum of Art
Switch was previously a multi-year supporter of the Nevada Museum of Art STEAM Curriculum program in Reno: 6,500 Pre-K-12 grade students receive STEAM-based educational lessons annually.1,200 Pre-K-12 teachers participate in professional development programs annually. Switch also committed a pledge to the Nevada Museum of Art at Symphony Park development in Las Vegas.

Green our Planet
Switch is a Platinum Sustaining Sponsor of Green Our Planet Outdoor Garden Classrooms. Green our Planet runs the largest school garden program in the United States and the largest student-run farmers market in the nation. They build outdoor vegetable garden classrooms and develops curriculum focused on STEAM, health and nutrition, emphasizing the importance of fresh foods and healthy eating among youth. These efforts have resulted in: 150 gardens built, 80,000+ students benefiting, 3,000+ teachers actively using their STEAM curriculum, a 200+ student farmer’s market, and 1,200 teachers trained.

ArtPrize
Switch is a major multi-year sponsor of ArtPrize, an international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan as the exclusive sponsor powering the ArtPrize STEAM Village Learning Lab and Mobile STEAM Lab experiences.

 

CONNECTIVITY FOR GOOD

The Switch SUPERLOOP® Upgrades Rural Education
Switch extended fiber from the Switch SUPERLOOP® to upgrade and connect rural Nevada schools to highspeed broadband communications, increasing internet capacity by 2000% and decreasing costs by 14%. Switch provided private loans to White Pine, Lyon and Elko County school districts to fund their network equipment, leveraging our telecommunications buying power to reduce costs and improve the speed of internet connectivity in Northern Nevada schools.

Fiber and connectivity from the Switch SUPERLOOP® serves as the backbone for local ISPs – Valley Communications and Churchill County Communications – to deliver high-speed broadband to rural school districts in Northern Nevada. This increased high-speed connectivity and bandwidth enhances access to technology in the learning environment, and provides the infrastructure to support the future growth of technology integration within these rural districts for years to come. For example, this high-speed connectivity allows schools to administer standardized testing over the internet without the interruption of slow and unreliable service. Lost connections in the middle of an exam can force students to start over, which is simply unacceptable.

Switch fiber enables the following connections for educational purposes:

  • Beatty High School and the greater Beatty community with service via Valley Communications, now the first all fiber-optic community in Nevada
  • Hawthorne Elementary School via Churchill County Communication
  • Lyon County School District via Churchill County Communications
  • Switch directly services the Walker River Paiute Tribe community

 

Switch maintains a library of additional policies and procedures to ensure its services are Tier 5 Platinum compliant and meet Switch’s aggressive sustainability standards. Switch secures these policies on site, to avoid the security risks of espionage, terrorism, sabotage, and cyber attack, inherent in unauthorized duplication, proliferation, or exploitation of these policies. If you would like additional detail or an on-site tour of Switch’s facilities to inspect these policies, please contact the Investor Relations Team (investorrelations@switch.com) or the Switch Policy team (policy@switch.com).

 

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