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Who owns the Internet?
Author(s):
Ben Worthen, Bill Cheswick
Institution:
(unknown)
Year:
2006
URL:
http://blogs.cio.com/node/209
Project Description:
This is a map of the North American Internet, or more specifically a map of just about every router on the North American backbone, (about 134,855 routers). The colors represent who each router is registered to. Red is Verizon; blue AT&T; yellow Qwest; green is major backbone players like Level 3 and Sprint Nextel; black is the entire cable industry put together; and gray is everyone else, from small telecommunications companies to large international players who only have a small presence in the U.S. On the provided URL one can find a bigger version of the map with labels containing the address of many of the routers.

As Ben Worthen explains: "In order to build this map Bill Cheswick fired off 300,000 messages to various points on the Internet and mapped how they got there, recording the address of every router his packets passed. He also had to figure out a way to isolate routers in North America. The map is not perfect -- he probably missed a few points and maybe double counted a couple more -- but for all intents and purposes this is what the North American Internet looks like".

This map is not geographic. Things on the right aren't on the East Coast and so forth. It looks the way it looks for readability purposes.

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