Google and Facebook refuse to lay US-Hong Kong cable over China
Google and Facebook have scrapped plans to lay a Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) undersea cable between Hong Kong and Los Angeles after US President Donald Trump's administration pointed to the threat of cyber espionage from the Chinese authorities.
At the end of June of this year, Team Telecom, the American committee for the assessment of foreign participation in the telecommunications services sector, recommended that the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) refuse to lay the submarine cable system for reasons of national security.
“I share these concerns, so the agency must have assurances that American traffic is safe and secure,” FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks Says
As reported by Bloomberg, the companies' application to the FCC was replaced by another, which implies laying the cable not to Hong Kong, but to Taiwan and the Philippines. The new filing does not include Hong Kong-based Pacific Light Data Communication, which was originally planned to be a partner and has raised US intelligence concerns over its relationship with Dr. Peng Telecom & Media Group Co.