February 29, 2012
OUR FRAGILE INTERNET: In the Age of Wireless, Can’t We Do Better than Intercontinental Fiber Optic Cables?
UPDATE: A reader emails:
That PopSci article on undersea fiber optic cables reminded me of a wonderful article from the early-mid 90s by Neal Stephenson on just that subject, still available at this link.
In addition to being fascinating reading, Stephenson fans can see in this article the seeds of some of the themes later developed in Cryptonomicon.
Yeah, that’s a great piece.