Taiwan, Looking to Ukraine, Pursues Internet Backup

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Taiwan, taking its cue from Ukraine, is set to begin accepting proposals to build a backup satellite internet network as soon as next month, the island’s digital minister, Audrey Tang, told The Washington Post.

Ukraine has used Starlink, a satellite broadband service created by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, to ensure internet connectivity in the face of Russian shelling and cyberattacks.

The war in Ukraine has stoked fears of military conflict in Taiwan, amid mounting tensions with China, which has long claimed the island, although the ruling Chinese Communist Party has never controlled the territory.

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