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Brazil's ban on U.S. Internet services may prove futile

Colin Neagle | Sept. 19, 2013
Experts doubt that Brazil's proposed efforts at cutting digital ties with the U.S. will actually keep the NSA at bay.

As for the BRICS cable, Dr. Wright added that the Brazilian government "can't guarantee that just because there is a new high-capacity cable running from Brazil to Russia that all the data will go through it rather than an alternative."

Making matters more difficult is Brazil's current Internet infrastructure. In a 2012 report that ranked 30 countries by the risk in their data center operations, Brazil ranked 30th. The report, which was composed by real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield and engineering consultancy hurleypalmerflatt, cited the country's high costs of electricity and poor education levels as the main factors dragging down the country's data center quality, according to Reuters.


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