Internet is increasingly becoming the single most important tool in the world. No matter what industry, profession, purpose we talk about, the internet has become the most important resource anyone can access. Thus, its usage is also increasing. Even more so in developing countries, whose economies are starting to take more and more advantage of the technology. This applies to regions as well. The Asia-Pacific region is growing incredibly fast in terms of its internet usage. Internet providers are always trying to make services faster and better for their users. Google is trying to do the same.
WHAT IS GOOGLE TRYING TO DO?
Google is trying to establish a direct link between the USA and the Asia-Pacific region to move large quantities of information from its data centres.
They planned to connect the U.S. to Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
A subsidiary of Google , GU Holdings, has been authorized by the FCC to do so. However, FCC has allowed GU Holdings to establish a link between the USA and Taiwan. The link established will be a submarine fiber optic one.
FCC continued to block the company’s attempt to directly link the USA with Hong Kong. They argued that such a direct link would pose grave risks to the security of America’s internet infrastructure.
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GU Holdings has had to agree to a large number of restrictions for the project, owing to national security concerns. They have to extensively disclose the network’s operating processes to the government. Moreover, only security-cleared personnel will be allowed to operate the cable.
The spokesperson for Google said –
“We recognize the importance of Google services at a time like this and are committed to adding capacity to stay ahead of demand. Our dedicated global network deployment and operations team is continually increasing capacity to meet the needs of our users, and that includes our subsea cable system. We are pleased to see the FCC grant approval for us to begin using this cable to connect the US to Taiwan.”