The Undersea Network

The Undersea Network

Nicole Starosielski

Only forty-five undersea cables extend outward from the continental United States, supporting almost all of the country’s international data transactions.26 If one groups the cables into thirty-mile stretches, one can see that international traffic enters the United States through fewer than twenty zones.

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One recent cable that connects Australia and Guam has enough capacity to carry simultaneous phone calls from the entire population of Australia—over twenty million people.

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Almost all of Australia’s Internet traffic goes out through a single thirty-mile stretch,

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It was not until the large-scale environmental transformation of climate change, however, that a transarctic cable route became feasible.

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