In an interesting move, Facebook and Microsoft have forged an alliance to lay a new fiber optic cable under the Atlantic Ocean. Putting aside the environmental concerns this raises for many (including those of us inhabiting islands), it also raises questions about how control of the Internet — and the data belonging to its users — is basically a prize in a multi-strand tug of war involving technology companies and broadband service providers from here to Spain and back.
So, why does it matter who controls the building of Internet infrastructure? How does that relate to who controls user data? And what’s the implication for businesses that rely on Internet technology to deliver their products and services?