quote 20:36:01 In the Atlantic alone, shark bites have caused the failure of four segments of cable, which is the main artery for global voice and computer communications. And British telephone officials monitoring the installation of the fiber-optic network that will link the United States to Japan and Guam are also reporting troubles with gnawing sharks. The attacks have caused some delays in laying cable, and a single bite on a deep-sea line, which is about the size of a garden hose, can cost $250,000 or more to fix. There is a benefit, however. In studying ways to limit damage from the attacks, the telephone companies are providing marine scientists with valuable new data on sharks and specimens of previously unknown species.
quote 19:54:05 But [NSA director General Keith] Alexander’s second act of declassification was much more interesting. [General Michael] Hayden pointed to Alexander’s comments about Brazil, and his point about not being interested in the communications of Brazilians. He asked me to think about the geography of Brazil, which bulges out eastward into the Atlantic Ocean. I still didn’t understand. “That’s where the transatlantic cables come ashore,” he finally explained.
quote 21:28:05 The demands are such that the 220 or so milliseconds it takes to reach Tokyo from London by maritime routes is now too long for some. Cloud computing, gaming, Skype, and financial trading are badly affected by “latency”, or delays in transmission. Demand for ultra-low latency connections is helping to drive a surge in construction. Four routes have recently opened up across the Asian continent and companies are selling links that will get your data packet to Tokyo in just 194 milliseconds.