Google Takes Stake in $300 Million Dollar ‘Faster’ Trans-Pacific Undersea Cable Project - HotHardware
Google Takes Stake in $300 Million Dollar ‘Faster’ Trans-Pacific Undersea Cable Project

Google Takes Stake in $300 Million Dollar ‘Faster’ Trans-Pacific Undersea Cable Project

Google is aggressively working to improve the speed with which we access the Internet. Google Fiber is one of its better-known efforts because it directly benefits regular users: Google Fiber provides the citizens of many major U.S. cities with affordable Gigabit Internet access. Now, the company is joining forces with other tech companies to build FASTER, an undersea cable system that will transfer data between the West coast and Japan at speeds that are, as Google’s Urs Hölzle points out in a Google+ post, “About ten million times faster than your cable modem.”

Google is helping speed up Internet communications with FASTER, and undersea cable

FASTER will run from Chikura and Shima in Japan to the West Coast, where it will feed hubs in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. The project, which is estimated to cost $300 million, will be started soon with an expected completion date in the first half of 2016. The consortium includes NEC among other major tech companies.

This isn’t the first major undersea project Google has undertaken. The company was involved in the UNITY submarine communications cable, which was installed in 2008.
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I understand that pretty much anything Google does for the internet is actually acting out of self interest, but it still makes me happy to see that a company is putting money towards bettering infrastructure.

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I can't help but think of Sim City right now. Google is extending their powerlines to their neighbors and the west coast will be brighter for it : )

Was any of this subsidized by the US government? I ask because I want to believe Google is showing other ISP's what it's like to think of their bottom line AND their customers/users at the same time. As opposed to taking huge sums of taxpayer money on the promise of delivering a speedy fiber infrastructure and then abandoning it years later.

@shadowphaxe You make it sound like that's a bad thing... Don't feel like you're selling out by enjoying what Google has done for your daily life. Google wouldn't be able to do what it does without acting on it's own self interest. I will never understand why people tack on negative connotation when mentioning a company wanting to succeed. As long as they are serving their audience honestly (*ahem* COMCAST) then by all means celebrate their successes with them and enjoy a better life because of it. This doesn't make you a sell-out...

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