- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Taiwanese company Chunghwa Telecom announced that construction has started on a Microsoft-sponsored plan to build an undersea cable connecting Hillsboro to four Asian nations.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1bPxFWX ) that Microsoft and Chunghwa are members of a consortium constructing the 8,000-mile-long cable, including telecommunication companies from China, South Korea and Japan.

A managing director for network enablement at Microsoft, David Crowley, wrote on the company’s website that the goal of the project is to provide customers with the best access and highly available data anywhere.

Hillsboro city spokesman Patrick Preston says officials are optimistic about the opportunities that the investment will bring to residents and employers.

Microsoft is also backing an undersea cable in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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