Facebook Scraps Trans-Pacific Cable
March 15, 2021
Facebook has scrapped plans to connect
California, Taiwan and Hong Kong via a 12,000 kilometer underwater cable, citing
tensions between the U.S. and China.
The social media giant told the Wall St. Journal, which broke the story, it was
halting the project due to political pressure from the U.S. government, which
noted potential national security concerns.
"Due to ongoing concerns from the U.S. government about direct communication
links between the United States and Hong Kong, we have decided to withdraw our
[Federal Communications Commission] application," a Facebook spokesperson said.
"We look forward to working with all the parties to reconfigure the system to
meet the concerns of the U.S. government."
along with several Chinese companies including China Telecom, applied for
permits to start the cable in 2018. The cable would have sped up the flow of
data across the Pacific.
This is not the first time a Pacific cable that included Hong Kong has been
placed on hold. In September of 2020, Google and Facebook shelved the Pacific
Light Cable Network that would have linked the U.S. with Taiwan, Hong Kong and
Around the same time, Facebook and Amazon ditched a proposed cable link between
San Francisco and Hong Kong called the Bay to Bay Express Cable.