A rising threat to the internet: water

Undersea internet cables are sensitive at the coastlines, and as our study found, cables for New York and New Jersey are particularly at risk.

Despite whimsical ads about computing “in the cloud,” the internet lives on the ground. Data centers are built on land, and most of the physical elements of the internet–such as the cables that connect households to internet services and the fiber optic strands carrying data from one city to another–are buried in plastic conduit under the...

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