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Pioneers of The Network

In 1858, the USS Niagara departed from the town of Heart’s Content on Newfoundland’s Trinity Bay, to meet up with HMS Agamemnon somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.   The plan was to connect a cable that would enable telegraph communication between the continents.

I was puzzled when I first heard this story, thinking that in the days before GPS and satellite phones, wouldn’t it have been easier to just use one ship and avoid a mid-sea rendezvous?   Steve Shepard explains the logic in episode 2.

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A Series of Tubes

October 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm PST

In 2006, the Internet was infamously described as “a series of tubes” during a debate over Network Neutrality.  However, a recent infographic may give a bit more credibility to that often teased comment:

“it turns out that the World Wide Web really is more like a series of tubes than anything else--at least when it comes to the problem of getting data packets across oceans. The Submarine Cable Map makes these undersea connections clear, complete with color-coded interactive visuals.”

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