No, the Internet doesn’t travel through the air. Nor does it live in one big, epic cloud. In fact, chances are it’s traveling under your feet right now.

To demonstrate the trajectory of the Internet, Fortune magazine writer Andrew Blum and graphic designer Nicolas Rapp teamed up with telecom data and infrastructure company GeoTel Communications. The company maps fiber optic cables and geographic information systems (GIS) that connect people all over the world.

The result was a Fortune article called “Mapping the Internet.” The piece contains stunning visuals that literally display where said fiber optic cables run: for the most part underwater, across the worlds’s largest oceans.…
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