Report from the 2021 Antarctic Subsea Cable Workshop
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The telecommunications facility on Black Island provides Internet, phone and even television services for McMurdo Station, about 25 miles away.

Report from the 2021 Antarctic Subsea Cable Workshop

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Posted November 12, 2021

In June 2021, the National Science Foundation funded an Antarctic Subsea Cable Workshop to address questions around the value and feasibility of deploying a new optical fiber submarine cable system that would supply high-speed internet connectivity to McMurdo Station.

The workshop found that overall, there was substantial community enthusiasm for such a project. Additionally, issues were identified for further review and research. The participants shared a general willingness to continue engaging with NSF should the project proceed.

Read the full report of the 2021 Antarctic Cable Workshop here and check out a summary on Twitter.