Residents of St Helena, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic, have appealed to Westminster requesting GBP10 million (USD16.1 million) to fund the deployment of a submarine cable link to the island, the BBC reports. Campaigners have called upon the UK’s Department for International Development to stump up the lion’s share of the engineering costs of connecting the island to the South Atlantic Express, a proposed submarine cable to be built by South African firm eFive linking Brazil and South Africa. At present, internet access on St Helena is reliant on expensive satellite links, which campaigners claim is harming the island’s growth. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has noted that if eFive chose to go ahead with its plans, government funding would be dependent on a ‘full economic assessment… to consider the extent of the economic and social benefits that such a link could bring to St Helena’.
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