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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 (http://www.submarinecablemap.com/) 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.