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Google to spend US$60 million on undersea fiber link between Florida and Brazil

Matt Hamblen | Oct. 16, 2014
Project shows company's ongoing efforts to gain greater control over Internet access.

That same philosophy will certainly be at work in Brazil, even if the major lifting to address the digital divide is done by Google's carrier partners in South America.

The Google undersea cable project from Florida to Brazil will be the fifth submarine cable between the two countries.

A stumbling block over spying?
There was some question whether another cable connection to the U.S. would happen, following concerns in January by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff over U.S. National Security Agency spying on top officials, including Rouseff herself.

As a result, Rouseff had argued in favor of an undersea link to the European Union. Shortly afterwards, Brazilian state-owned telecom Telebras and IslaLink Submarine Cables of Spain said a $185 million fiber optic cable would be built to link Portugal with Forteleza, Brazil. That connection would bypass the U.S. entirely, adding a layer of security.

Google objected to the NSA spying on top government officials when it was first reported and urged reforms, but apparently hasn't seen the need to halt its interests in the Brazilian project.


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