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Re: The Dangers of Caribbean Data Havens


On Mon, 4 Sep 1995, [email protected] (Timothy C. May) wrote:

> From Bruce Sterling in "Islands in the Net" to various reports of data
> havens and Internet services being set up by actual people, there has been
> much speculation about using Caribbean islands for data havens.

> But the infrastructure has been lacking. Low-bandwidth inter-island links.

> And now yet another huge hurricane is bearing down on the Lesser Antilles,
> heading directly for Puerto Rico and Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican
> Republic).

> "Outages" lasting days or weeks after these islands get torn up every few
> years will not go too well with international commerce.

> Some fixes may help:

> * higher-bandwidth connections, e.g., undersea fiber.

I don't have the citation handy, but I recall reading that Cable &
Wireless has plans to link much of the region via undersea fiber over
the next few years.  I think it will be a simple North-South line --
Virgin Islands to Trinidad and Tobago or something like that, bypassing
the Caymans, etc.  The cost of the project is outweighed by the gains
of eliminating these recurring weather-related outages.

In fact, someone (Duncan?) may have posted the press release here over
a year ago.

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