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U.S. Internet infrastructure mapped

KEY POINTS

  • Map shows fiber-optic cables of telecom firms
  • It took four years to produce the map
  • Department of Homeland Security made data open to public

Computer scientists at the University of Wisconsin have released the first public map of the U.S Internet infrastructure. Okay, so it may not look like much. But this map took around four years to produce. It shows the exact routes of fiber-optic cables, which belong to major telecom companies like AT&T and Level 3. The scientists are convinced the map could make the Internet more resilient to accidents, disasters, or intentional attacks. The Department of Homeland Security is making the map and the data behind it available through a project called Predict.