The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wednesday authorized Alphabet unit Google’s request to use part of a U.S.-Asia undersea telecom cable after the tech giant warned it would face significantly higher prices to hold traffic by other ways.
Google agreed to run a portion of the 8,000-mile Pacific Light Cable Network System (PLCNS) between the U.S. and Taiwan, however not Hong Kong. Google and Facebook helped pay for the building of the now completed telecommunications link, but U.S. regulators have blocked its use.
The Department of Justice earlier told the FCC in a petition it supported Google’s revised request. The agency mentioned U.S. agencies consider “there’s a significant threat that the grant of a direct cable connection between the U.S. and Hong Kong would severely jeopardize the national safety and law enforcement pursuits of the United States.”
Hong Kong is a particular administrative area of China, whose relations with the USA have soured over the lethal coronavirus pandemic, which originated in Wuhan, trade conflicts and safety issues.
In a press release, Google thanked the FCC for approving its request and added “devoted world community deployment and operations group is regularly growing capability to satisfy the wants of our customers, and that features our subsea cable system.”
The FCC is permitting Google to function the section for the subsequent six months, pending a closing disposition of the licensed software.