"Trevor Paglen Plumbs the Internet", by Tim Sohn, The New Yorker,
magazine, Web, September 22, 2015
The late senator Ted Stevens, of Alaska, took flak for calling the Internet “a series of tubes,” but his phrase, however analog, hits on a truth that we frequently forget: there is a physical infrastructure undergirding our seemingly ethereal global network. The most important component of this plumbing is a cat’s cradle of undersea cables. In the decades since the first transatlantic fibre-optic telephone line was laid, in 1988, such cables have multiplied and spread as bandwidth demands have grown.
There are currently three hundred and forty-three of them already active or under construction,
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