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Google and Facebook Win Approval for Cable to Asia With Limits

April 8, 2020, 10:42 PM

Google and Facebook Inc. won U.S. regulatory approval for an undersea trans-Pacific internet cable on condition the project not carry data traffic to Hong Kong.

“There is a significant risk that a direct cable connection between the United States and Hong Kong would seriously jeopardize the national security,” the Justice Department said in a an April 8 filing to the Federal Communications Commission.

U.S. security agencies “have no objection” to the planned cable so long as its operator agrees to safeguards, the department said.

The FCC approved the matter late Wednesday, said Tina Pelkey, an agency spokeswoman.

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