Google is partnering with Facebook, Pacific Light Data Communications, and TE Subcom to build a massive, super-fast undersea cable connecting Los Angeles to Hong Kong.
Remember when Gizmodo’s Annalee Newitz declared this the Infrastructure Age? Well, here’s more proof: Microsoft is investing in its own undersea internet cables.
Do you like vintage maps? Do you like the internet? Then you'll love this vintage-inspired world map of the underwater cables that connect the entire planet.
All the cables and servers that make up the internet may be actual, physical things, but the data they send zipping all over the world is a bit harder to put into perspective. Many have tried—quite a few have failed—but every once in a while, creativity and genius combine to form the perfect picture of the internet…
Laying fiber optic cables down on the ocean floor is a massive undertaking in its own right. But now, Google actually has to go back and reinforce some of its thousands of miles of undersea cable—because hungry sharks keep mistaking the world's data lines for lunch.
Compare and contrast. This monochrome photo, above, is how submarine cables were laid back in the day (in 1906, to be exact). It's not much different from how companies like Cable&Wireless Worldwide and Alcatel-Lucent do it now, right?