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Did you miss the part about Africa getting a 37000km subsea cable that quadruples their network capacity? What does the motive matter if the end result is the same?



Wait a goddamn minute. FB had a chance to do something positive for the world with internet.org but they actually backed out when they were forced to obey net neutrality laws. Make no mistake about it- this is a profit seeking motive with a potential side effect of increased connectivity. You are a product to Facebook, something they sell and once consumed your privacy and rights are left fissured and broken. Don't misconstrue your relationship to them.


A "potential side effect"? Don't be ridiculous. The primary purpose is increased connectivity. Will they profit off that increased connectivity? Yes. But so will a lot of others. Including many Africans who will be able to take advantage of new opportunities unlocked by connecting the continent.


It’s not a zero sum game. Facebook making profit doesn’t mean that other companies and people won’t also profit from it.


Is the cable strictly for Facebook traffic?


Hmmm. Currently SEACOM has 500 GB/sec lit of a total capacity of 12 Tb/sec. TEAMS seems very underutilised as well. This is either a play to try and break monopoly or driver growth. Possibly a bit of both.


True.

I'd bet there's also a bit of geopolitical planning going on here as well. It will be far easier to cut african nations off from the internet if we control their access points.

As with every gift from the West, the africans probably want to be a little careful about this one. Maybe make sure they maintain a few different links that are, if not controlled by the africans themselves, at least can be controlled by Brazilians, or Russians, or Chinese.


> Maybe make sure they maintain a few different links that are, if not controlled by the africans themselves, at least can be controlled by Brazilians, or Russians, or Chinese.

Russia and China? The US is more trustworthy than both of them, by a lot, and if there is one thing China is good at, it is extortion.


Well, not to put too fine a point on it, but I'm only saying that the africans have had 500 years of experience "trading" with us. So I'm not sure you could get an african to say that trading with the US has been more "trustworthy" than trading with, say, Russia. I'll even go out on a limb one step further and say that we'd be hard pressed to find even black americans who would say that africa trading with the west has been, "trustworthy".

I mean, maybe you could find a few here or there, but for the most part, I'm guessing they'll have their guard up when they trade with us. They'll especially be on their guard with any american who struts into africa telling them, "How ya' doing buddy? We're way more 'trustworthy' than that other guy you want to do a deal with!"


> What does the motive matter if the end result is the same?

It's not even just the same. The end result is way better than what a purely ideologically motivated organization would have been likely to achieve, if anything.





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