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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lynn, Lynn, city of sin - and a honking big undersea Internet cable

The news about alleged sabotage of a big undersea Internet cable off Egypt (Wired article here) led me to wonder whether New Hampshire's magnificent coastline (all 18 miles of it) has any cables.

According to this map ( the answer is no. The closest cable comes out of Lynn, Massachusetts, operated by a company called Hibernia Atlantic, which connects the Northeast to Europe, totalling about 7,600 miles on the round trip. See map above.

I wonder what the ocean entry looks like? Might be interesting to try and find it. Andrew Blum's book Tubes, about the infrastructure of the Internet, describes one of these sites - really drab; a concrete building near the shore.

Incidentally, if the headline baffles you, "Lynn, Lynn, city of sin, you never come out the way you went in" is well-known ditty in the region - much to the annoyance of city officials.