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Google, Facebook Dump Plans for U.S.-Hong Kong Undersea Cable

  • Underseas internet project refiled for Taiwan and Philippines
  • Companies re-apply without Pacific Light Data Communication
Hong Kong Skyline
Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

Google and Facebook Inc. dropped plans for an undersea cable between the U.S. and Hong Kong after the Trump administration said Beijing might use the link to collect information on Americans.

But the companies quickly submitted a revised proposal that includes links to Taiwan and the Philippines, as envisioned in the application that was withdrawn on Thursday. The new filing didn’t include Hong Kong-based Pacific Light Data Communication Co., a partner in the original plan and a concern for U.S. security agencies that cited its links to mainland China’s Dr. Peng Telecom & Media Group Co.