The “Splinternet”: How the Internet May Fracture

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Internet Giants and Undersea Cables

An undersea cable owned by a platform such as Google, Facebook or Microsoft becomes a private network connecting their data centres

This is likely to have the effect of consolidating the dominance of a few large platform companies that can offer performance through their private networks

State Dominance of Infrastructure

The focus of development of this infrastructure may be between governments or regions that share governance structures and ideologies — particularly authoritarian regimes

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