The Popular Science article http://www.popsci.com/building-public-detailed-map-internet?src=SOC&dom=tw describes a map made by combining multipe sources of maps and what is even more relevant it dcscribes certain important qualities, like latency, for this basic tele-communication infrastructure. And similarities with the rail and road grids.
AN INTERNET MAP TO RULE THEM ALL
IT’S DETAILED, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, AND STILL NOT A SERIES OF TUBES
The full lenght paper describing it: http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~pb/tubes_final.pdf including links to the Map itself.
Brian Webster has commented the following on the Map and Article, and he permitted me to post it here. You can reach him at the following email adress: info (at) wirelessmapping (dot) com .
I would have to agree that the mapping effort referenced in this article is incomplete. Over the years I have compiled a lot of fiber data from many sources and I know I still don’t have a lot of data. Cable network operators probably have the most extensive fiber plants as part of their DOCSIS internet systems, fiber to the neighborhoods. There is a lot of fiber that is aerial so that information would be hard to come by using the data gathering methods stated in the story. The article is correct in that many of the long haul routes and interconnections use the same facilities but there are also a growing number of new routes being developed all of the time. Fiber carriers understand redundancy and that is also why most operator’s multi home their backhaul network on dissimilar provider backbones to minimize outages from any one fiber provider problems. These maps show just a portion of my data. It’s hard to show a complete US picture because the map is just a big blob of overlapping fiber lines when zoomed out that far.
Mid Atlantic Region
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Jaap van Till, theConnectivist