What is MAREA? Oh, just an epic shift that changes everything [updated]

Microsoft and Facebook will build MAREA, the fastest trans-Atlantic cable ever. But why is this HUGE news — is it because of the cable itself, or because of how it’ll be used? 

[Developing story. Updated 9:27 am PT with more comment]

Obviously, laying an undersea cable over 4,100 miles is an expensive idea, so they’re usually owned by telcos, who parcel out bandwidth to their customers. But in this case, it’ll be directly owned by its two customers. And that isn’t just a technicality.

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