Photo: Chip Somodevilla/ Staff (Getty Images)If at very first you do not prosper, try, attempt once again, the old maxim goes, and apparently, that guidance counts double if youre Facebook, a company that has at this point attempted a cartoonish number of times to install a high-capacity internet channel in between California and Hong Kong only to be constantly warded off by the U.S. government.On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook had actually scrapped strategies for the newest version of its proposed cable television, thanks in large part to mounting pressure from U.S. national-security officials who worry that Hong Kongs legal autonomy is increasingly in jeopardy.”Due to ongoing concerns from the U.S. federal government about direct interactions links in between the United States and Hong Kong, we have decided to withdraw our FCC application,” a Facebook spokeswoman stated in a statement. In September 2020, the Trump administration put the kibosh on a different strategy that put forth between Facebook and Google to build an 8,000-mile-long broadband cable between Hong Kong and Los Angeles.That job– understood as the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN)– had been initially proposed in 2016, and had actually been fully developed out with the intent of linking the U.S. to Taiwan and the Philippines in addition to Hong Kong before it stalled.

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