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Israel To Get Massive Countrywide Optical Upgrade 157

A Google Fiberhood-style rollout in the U.S., says a Goldman-Sachs estimate, would cost in the neighborhood of $140 billion. Even for Israel, a country approximately the size of New Jersey, there's a high pricetag ("billions of shekels") for installing fiber optics dense enough to reach most of the population, but just a massive fiber-optic rollout is planned, with the project led by Swedish firm Viaeuropa. If the scheme succeeds, it will cover two thirds of the country over the next 10 years or so.
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Israel To Get Massive Countrywide Optical Upgrade

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  • Re:That high? (Score:2, Informative)

    by dskoll ( 99328 ) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @02:56PM (#42405429) Homepage

    The $140B estimate is for the entire US, according to TFA. That's about $450/person.

  • Re:That high? (Score:5, Informative)

    by nschubach ( 922175 ) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @02:59PM (#42405451) Journal

    Sorry to repost, but I just did a Google conversion: 1,000,000,000 Israeli New Sheqel equals 268,190,000 US Dollars

  • Re:That high? (Score:2, Informative)

    by MyLongNickName ( 822545 ) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @02:59PM (#42405455) Journal

    Whoops. I guess I am guilty of quickly scanning. I'd assumed that because the title was about Israel that the first amount shown would be for the cost to Israel. Please mod my OP down.

  • by MisterMidi ( 1119653 ) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @03:45PM (#42405789) Homepage
    Here's a citation:

    Israel dismantled 18 settlements in the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, and all 21 in the Gaza Strip and 4 in the West Bank in 2005, but continues to both expand its settlements and settle new areas in the West Bank in spite of the Oslo Accords, which specified in article 31 that neither side would take any step that would change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations. However, Israeli settlement expansion has continued unabated.The international community considers the settlements in occupied territory to be illegal. Israeli neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and communities in the Golan Heights, areas which have been annexed by Israel, are also considered settlements by the international community, which does not recognise Israel's annexations of these territories. The United Nations has repeatedly upheld the view that Israel's construction of settlements constitutes violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The International Court of Justice also says these settlements are illegal, and no foreign government supports Israel's settlements.

  • by sudo ( 194998 ) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @04:09PM (#42405949) Homepage

    Lets hope they also upgrade their connectivity to the rest of the world.

    Our company has tech centers in Israel and most of the time it feels like they are connected via dial up.
    Even copying files they regularly stall.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 27, 2012 @04:49PM (#42406265)

    " The fiscal year 2013 budget request “includes $3.1 billion in Foreign Military Financing [FMF] for Israel and $15 million for refugee resettlement. Within the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s FY2013 budget request includes $99.8 million in joint U.S.-Israeli co-development for missile defense.""

    "To date, the United States has provided Israel $115 billion in bilateral assistance. It is currently the second largest recipient of aid worldwide, with Afghanistan now first."

    U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel: 2012 Congressional Report - Christopher Olver | April 26, 2012 ....I realize the US trade empire has a vested interest in a friendly outpost in the middle east, but when will Israel be considered strong enough to stop getting what amounts to charity?

  • by dskoll ( 99328 ) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @05:50PM (#42406671) Homepage

    We don't recognize the accumulation of territory by force as being legitimate

    Nonsense. If this were the case:

    Acquisition of territory by force has happened all through history, is continuing to happen, and will continue to happen for the forseeable future. The supposed illegitimacy of this practice is used as a tool to demonize Israel, but it's completely ignored when anyone else does it.

  • by Catbeller ( 118204 ) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @08:29PM (#42407679) Homepage

    "She is a homeland to a people whom the world hates because they dare present to humanity (brace yourselves) MORALITY"

    The Palestinians? Never thought of it that way before. Thanks. Yeah, they are Semites, ain't they? We should stop being so anti-Semitic...

    Waiting for the pre-4000 BC Ebla-ites to stake their claim. After all, they were there before anyone else. Plenty of descendants about, mostly Palestinian, I'd imagine. Prior possession is 100% of the law, ya know. Might be some Neaderthals or Cro-Magnon claimaints, too. There's been people in that once-fertile land for over twelve thousand years. Probably hundreds of thousands. Maybe a half million years, depending on how you define homo sapiens.

    The land is a mined-out, farmed-out dessicated near-wasteland of the not-so-real. It's been peopled to death.

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