Friday, November 29, 2002

This isn't the ARPANET

"The Internet has become more vulnerable in recent years as it has become more commercialized. As the Internet has become commercialized, the major network providers have moved toward a “hub-and-spoke” model that funnels Internet connections through major hub cities. The biggest impact would be felt in the small and medium-size cities whose only or main connections to the Internet come through the major hub cities. Larger cities often have multiple connections to the Internet in and out of the city and would be harder to completely disconnect from the Internet. The actual impact of a network disruption would depend on a variety of factors, such as the cities affected by the disruption. Grubesic said the most severe impacts would occur if telecommunications equipment were destroyed in the six largest Internet hubs: Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, and Washington, DC." (via ethno::log)


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