8bitfuture: Image: Map of the internet. Fortune graphic…

8bitfuture:

Image: Map of the internet.

Fortune graphic designer Nicolas Rapp has enhanced some Geotel maps showing the routes of the main fibre optic cables carrying internet traffic around the globe. 

To make the light travel enormous distances, thousands of volts of electricity are sent through the cable’s copper sleeve to power repeaters, each the size and roughly the shape of a 600-pound bluefin tuna.Once a cable reaches a coast, it enters a building known as a “landing station” that receives and transmits the flashes of light sent across the water. The fiber-optic lines then connect to key hubs, known as “Internet exchange points,” which, for the most part, follow geography and population.

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