Topic arose in class. Item is currently trending in a niche I.T. forum, which references another niche forum (Quora). Undersea cable maps are a quick visual for one of the big pieces of what really happens to comprise a "global internet". Sources: * http://www.quora.com/How-are-major-undersea-cables-laid-in-the-ocean/ + Click "more" for full answer) + PDF of forum thread also attached + Handy for some pictures, links are expanded below * http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/531334 Laying fiber "landlines" is quite a production, as you know (though not all in the class(es) will— * http://www.thefoa.org/tech/ref/OSP/install.html (...among others) = = = Undersea cables maps, because people relate quickly to visuals: * http://www.cablemap.info/ + Individual cables are clickable * http://www.submarinecablemap.com/ + As above, individual cables are clickable * More map links at the Wikipedia reference below = = = Expanded links from the Quora thread— Cable Ships: * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_layer Submarine Communications Cable: * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine_communications_cable (also, has links to more visual maps) Installation Method: * http://www.k-kcs.co.jp/english/solutionInstallationMethod.html eMarine Services Cable Photographs: * http://www.emarine.ae/en/index.php?page=image-gallery Subcom - the only US company that does underwater (submarine) cables: * http://www.subcom.com/tyco.aspx Aboard Alcatel undersea cable ship (photos): * http://news.cnet.com/2300-1035_3-10004733.html "Undersea Cable" * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1JEuzBkOD8 "Repair Animation of Undersea Cable" * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHYdJnm14O0 (Book) Thread Across the Ocean * http://www.amazon.com/dp/0060524464 = = = Well outside the core group interest of the class is an article from Wired circa 12/1996... a chronicle of laying the longest cable: * Mother Earth Mother Board http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.12/ffglass_pr.html (long!) = = = Hope this helps!