[ti:Facebook Angers Small Oregon Town with Plan for Undersea Cable] [by:www.51星和彩票.com] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM [00:00.04]People in a small town with no stoplights or mobile phone service [00:06.84]are trying to keep out one of the world's largest technology companies. [00:13.12]The battle is taking place in the town of Tierra del Mar in American state of Oregon. [00:21.96]Locals there are trying to stop Facebook from developing property in their quiet coastal community. [00:31.08]The company wants to build a landing site for an undersea cable connecting the United States with Asia. [00:40.92]The cable will link many U.S. sites with Japan and the Philippines. [00:47.40]The connection also will help meet an increasing demand for internet services worldwide, the company says. [00:57.24]Facebook officials say Tierra del Mar is one of the few places [01:02.40]on the U.S. West Coast with the right qualities for the high-speed cable. [01:09.36]But locals say underground movements from drilling [01:13.36]to bring the cable to this coastal village might damage homes and waste systems. [01:20.00]They also note that maps and government records identify Tierra del Mar as a residential area. [01:28.64]If state and local officials permit the project, they say, more development will come. [01:36.44]"This is a huge precedent. [01:38.72]Once you open the shores to these companies coming anywhere they want to, [01:44.20]Oregon's coast is pretty much wide open season," said Patricia Rogers, who lives in Tierra del Mar. [01:54.00]She made the comments to county officials in a written statement. [02:00.00]The Tillamook County Board of Commissioners voted in support of the project [02:06.24]after considering Rogers' and others' statements on Thursday. [02:12.28]Locals plan to appeal the ruling to Oregon state officials. [02:17.36]Tierra del Mar is home to a mix of working professionals and retirees. [02:24.32]Locals share a love for the town's quiet coastline and for the deer, [02:30.12]bald eagles and rare seabirds that call the area home. [02:36.32]The town has only two businesses. [02:39.40]It has no mobile phone service. [02:42.40]Providers seemingly do not consider it profitable enough to offer service there. [02:49.84]Locals worry the Facebook project will bring cell phone towers and additional cable sites. [02:56.96]Facebook representatives told county officials that the drilling project would last about a month. [03:04.92]They said they carefully chose the Tierra del Mar site to avoid areas [03:10.56]where fishermen use huge nets to catch fish. [03:14.80]They also noted they went around federally protected fish habitats. [03:21.00]The company did not offer additional details about the project. [03:26.16]But it told The Associated Press in a statement: "With more people using the internet, [03:32.68]existing internet infrastructure is struggling to handle all the traffic. [03:38.40]These new cable projects help people connect more efficiently." [03:44.56]Internet use worldwide has reached 4.1 billion people, or 54 percent of the world's population. [03:54.88]That is up from 1.6 billion people in 2008. [04:00.16]Those numbers come from the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency. [04:09.28]Almost all of that messaging and internet use goes through [04:13.52]fiber optic cables instead of satellites, said Kristian Nielsen. [04:19.68]She is vice president of Submarine Telecoms Forum, a Virginia-based trade magazine. [04:28.12]When data -- including phone calls -- go between North America and other continents, [04:34.48]undersea fiber optic cables are used 99 percent of the time, Nielsen said. [04:42.12]Undersea cables have around 800 landing points around the world, [04:46.92]the Submarine Telecoms Forum reports. [04:50.20]Opposition to them, Nielsen said, is rare. [04:54.32]I'm Ashley Thompson. 更多听力请访问51VOA.COM