US seeks to block undersea cable backed by Google and Facebook over security concerns

The US wants to block the undersea cable between Hong Kong and Los Angeles.


The US officials are seeking to block an undersea cable between Los Angeles and Hong Kong, backed by Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook Inc and a Chinese partner, over national-security concerns, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

The Justice Department has signaled staunch opposition to the project because of concerns over its Chinese investor, Dr. Peng Telecom & Media Group Co, and the direct link that the cable would provide to Hong Kong, the WSJ reported, citing people involved in the discussion.

US seeks to block undersea cable backed by Google and Facebook over security concerns

Subsea cables form the backbone of the internet by carrying 99 percent of the world's data traffic. Representational image: Reuters.

"DOJ does not comment on its ongoing assessment of applications that the FCC has referred for national security and law enforcement concerns arising out of foreign investment or control," said Marc Raimondi, a national security spokesman for the US Department of Justice.

Google, Facebook and Dr. Peng did not respond to Reuters' requests for comment.

Subsea cables form the backbone of the internet by carrying 99 percent of the world's data traffic.