Crosslake Fiber, which is already working on a cable across Lake Ontario between Toronto and Buffalo, has a new project. It's another short underwater link, but this time its under salt water.
Crosslake will be building a connection between Wall, NJ and Long Island, thus providing a diverse bypass of New York City for submarine cables landing in both locations. The endpoints will be at NJFX on the New Jersey side, and at 1025Connect in Westbury on the Long Island side. The unrepeatered system will span some 95km and feature a high fiber count.
It's a route that would definitely enhance the infrastructure in the region, which currently sees most traffic landing in Long Island pass through a few key sites in Manhattan regardless of its eventual destination. While one obvious use for the cable might be for transatlantic connections from London to Sao Paolo, another possible usage case could be a transatlantic connection landing on Long Island connecting directly to Ashburn without ever entering the 5 boroughs of New York City.
With two cables planned, Crosslake appears to be fighting for niche regional underwater cable systems. I wonder what other short routes might make sense. Wall to Virginia Beach perhaps, as an alternative to the I-95 corridor?