IDG Contributor Network: Fiber map sheds light on infrastructure trends and weaknesses

If you’ve ever wondered just where the fiber conduits that carry our Internet traffic run, wonder no more. Researchers have created a map.

Four years in the making, the map, sourced in part from public records, shows the long-haul fiber that carries Internet data around the country. Additionally, locations where multiple cables connect are shown.

This kind of map has never existed before.

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Not much is known about “today’s physical Internet infrastructure,” the researchers say.

So they delved in and, through a collection of Tier-1 ISP and cable company maps combined with public records, started to construct a map of the long-haul fiber network (PDF).

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