Tech firms and lawmakers celebrate new trans-Atlantic cable

(PHOTO: Microsoft)

Lawmakers and tech industry leaders are celebrating the completion of a new high-speed data cable that stretches across the Atlantic Ocean. Microsoft said in a statement that representatives from Facebook and Microsoft will join with Virginia's governor and two senators in Williamsburg on Friday morning. The 4,000-mile cable runs from Bilbao, Spain, to Virginia Beach. It can transmit 160 terabits of data per second. That's 16 million times faster than the average home internet connection. It could stream 71 million high-definition videos at once. The cable is named Marea, which is Spanish "tide." It's a joint project between Microsoft, Facebook and global telecommunication company Telxius. It will help to meet growing demand for internet infrastructure and services across the globe.

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