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19:36  28 august  2019
19:36  28 august  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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U . S . officials are seeking to block an undersea cable backed by Google , Facebook and a Chinese partner, in a national security review that could rewrite the rules of internet connectivity Experts say in theory these cables could enable China to spy. Photo: George Downs/The Wall Street Journal.

United States US . A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. This is the sixth underwater cable in which Google holds a stake. For its part, Facebook has been partnering up with the likes of Microsoft to build out its own network of undersea cables .

US officials are reportedly seeking to block an undersea data cable backed by Google and Facebook that links Los Angeles to Hong Kong. The Justice Department, which leads a multiagency review panel known as Team Telecom, is opposed to the cable because of national security concerns over its Chinese investor and the direct link to Hong Kong, according to a report Wednesday from The Wall Street Journal.

US may block undersea cable backed by Google, Facebook, report says© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A map of the cable segments that are part of the PLCN. Pacific Light Data Communications Co.

Much of the nearly 8,000 mile-long Pacific Light Cable Network has already been installed along the seafloor of the Pacific Ocean, with commercial service expected to launch near the end of this year. However, the PLCN project might not be granted the license it needs to operate, "people familiar with the review" told the Journal, due to opposition from Team Telecom. If rejected, this would be the first time the US has denied an undersea cable license due to national security, according to the Journal.

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Justice Department Opposes Google's Undersea Cable From China The Justice Department is opposing a bid by Google, Facebook Inc. and a Chinese entity to complete an undersea internet cable between the U.S. and Hong Kong, raising national security concerns for the project that runs out of temporary authority next month. The high capacity fiber-optic cable running about 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers) is intended to connect U.S. internet users to Asia and increase competition on the trans-Pacific data route, according to filings at the Federal Communications Commission, where the companies in 2017 applied for permission to land the cable in the U.S.

Google is partnering with Facebook , Pacific Light Data Communications, and TE Subcom to build a massive, super-fast undersea cable connecting Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Google says this is the first direct submarine cable system between LA and Hong Kong with super-fast capacity.

The trans-Pacific cable links Japan and the West Coast of the US , delivering 60 terabits per second PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on "From the very beginning of the project, we repeatedly said to each other, 'faster, faster and faster

US may block undersea cable backed by Google, Facebook, report says© CNET

The cable is designed to bring greater bandwidth, shorter wait times and more security to users of Google's Cloud Platform as well as to Facebook users.

Google declined to comment on the report. Facebook and the Pacific Light Data Communications Co., the builder and operator of the PLCN, didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

The DOJ also didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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