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Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S.
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 03:33:17 -0400

Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S.

August 30, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO - The era of the American Internet is ending.

Invented by American computer scientists during the 1970s, the
Internet has been embraced around the globe. During the network's
first three decades, most Internet traffic flowed through the United
States. In many cases, data sent between two locations within a given
country also passed through the United States.

Engineers who help run the Internet said that it would have been
impossible for the United States to maintain its hegemony over the
long run because of the very nature of the Internet; it has no
central point of control.

And now, the balance of power is shifting. Data is increasingly
flowing around the United States, which may have intelligence - and
conceivably military - consequences.


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