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Facebook/Microsoft Announce Partnership to Build Massive Data Cable from Spain to Virginia Beach.

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Looks like we landed another one. This one from Virginia Beach to Spain. This may become pretty big for our area.

http://engt.co/1WXmf9k

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Actually, I'm going to make this a separate thread.

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I hope this does bring in new business to the city. I'm guessing this is much what Google fiber is offering to select cities. Most cities though that are getting Google fiber are already experiencing huge growth (I.e. Austin, Raleigh). Verizon Fios is already here, though only in selected areas, and I'm not certain if Fios is commercially offered. I see Cox is rolling out Gigablast also but not sure if or when it will be offered here.

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You can merge my previous comments on the old thread  This is much larger in scope than I previously was aware of. Since Microsoft and Facebook are also leading the charge, who knows where this may go. I'm guessing someone in the city had a hand in this coming here and many kudos to them. Imagine the exposure from such high profile companies being involved. Man this is exciting. 

2 minutes ago, urbanvb said:

You can merge my previous comments on the old thread  This is much larger in scope than I previously was aware of. Since Microsoft and Facebook are also leading the charge, who knows where this may go. I'm guessing someone in the city had a hand in this coming here and many kudos to them. Imagine the exposure from such high profile companies being involved. Man this is exciting. I could seeany companies wanting to come here being close to where the cable enters Virginia Beach. 

 

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I didn't realize how big of a deal this really is. That's awesome news for the region...having FB/Microsoft connections is a great recruitment tool for the young professionals.

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9 minutes ago, urbanvb said:

You can merge my previous comments on the old thread  This is much larger in scope than I previously was aware of. Since Microsoft and Facebook are also leading the charge, who knows where this may go. I'm guessing someone in the city had a hand in this coming here and many kudos to them. Imagine the exposure from such high profile companies being involved. Man this is exciting. 

 

Here's another article, with some more interesting news.

http://www.wired.com/2016/05/facebook-microsoft-laying-giant-cable-across-atlantic/

“To have a direct connection from Virginia lowers latency,” says Murphy—that is, the time it takes for data to flow from data centers to its ultimate destination. “And that probably provides better quality service.” Other companies are planning cables anchored in this same area, but MAREA will likely be the first. Construction is set to begin in August and completion is expected in October 2017.

This is a lot bigger than were initially led to believe.

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Followup! This might actually be faster than Google Fiber! 

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TE SubCom has completed the route survey and begun manufacture of the system at its facility in Newington, New Hampshire. The parties are on track to begin laying cable using TE SubCom's state-of-the-art cable installation ships next year, with a scheduled completion date of October 2017.

 

http://www.fiberopticsonline.com/doc/te-subcom-supplies-marea-submarine-cable-system-0001

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Detailed story, one with a few sobering facts. NxtVn has yet to secure their land. Only mentions Facebook/Microsoft and Telefonica. The rest are perhaps not yet firmly committed.

As the current agreement stands, we are unlikely to receive any direct broadband improvement benefits locally. Worst case, all we get are some tax revenues and good press. The rest is conjecture, speculation and in need of a plan/strategy. "Hope is not a strategy." The article makes it sound like there's an excess of the former, and none of the latter.  Quotes a VB rep, and an expert or two.  

Hoping this local gang can shoot straight, though they may not really have any leverage if they haven't negotiated some additional perks for us in exchange for the landing rights.  And they haven't.  For if they had, we'd be reading about it.  

Oh, and Ashburn/NOVA is going to make out like gangbusters! Isn't that just awesome!?! 

Perhaps they'll send us a "thank you" card.

https://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/why-hampton-roads-residents-could-be-seeing-cheaper-faster-internet/article_bd0eceec-e54a-5179-b380-852d26e22895.html

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