Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban by Ingrid Burrington

By Ingrid Burrington

A guided journey of the actual net, as obvious on, above, and under the city’s streets
What does the web seem like?
It’s the only such a lot essentail element of recent existence, and but, for plenty of folks, the net seems like an open browser, or the black mirrors of our telephones and pcs. yet in Networks of latest York, Ingrid Burrington lifts our eyes from our monitors to the streets, exhibiting us that the net is all over the place round us, the entire time—we simply need to comprehend the place to seem.
utilizing manhattan as her element of reference and greater than fifty colour illustrations as her map, Burrington takes us on a journey of the urban network: She decodes spray-painted sidewalk markings, finds the heritage at the back of cryptic manhole covers, shuffles us prior subway cameras and massive service inns, and peppers our trip with historical past tales concerning the NYPD's surveillance gear, twentieth-century telecommunication monopolies, excessive frequency buying and selling on Wall highway, and the downtown construction that homes the workplaces of either Google and the FBI's Joint Terrorism activity Force.
From a emerging celebrity within the box of tech jounalism, Networks of latest York is a sensible, humorous, and wonderfully designed advisor to the ceaselessly interesting networks of city web infrastructure.

The net, Burrington indicates us, is hiding in undeniable sight.

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CABLE MARKINGS 1. Types of Cable • FIBER OPTIC CABLE “Fiber optic” doesn’t necessarily mean what’s commonly thought of as the Internet—a variety of data types (Internet, video, voice communications) can run over a fiber optic cable. It also might not be part of what’s considered the public Internet. Private companies sometimes maintain their own networks for internal communications, as do city agencies and universities. CABLE TELEVISION This means pretty much what you think it means: a cable for television, usually coaxial (for more, see this page).

60 HUDSON STREET AND 32 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS New York’s Internet history is deeply intertwined with the history of the telegraph and the telephone, and the two buildings that best represent that history are 60 Hudson Street and 32 Avenue of the Americas, which are both located just below Canal Street in Downtown Manhattan. The stories behind both of these buildings in some ways begin over at 195 Broadway, the original New York headquarters of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company and Western Union (a space used for offices by AT&T until 1978).

Verizon and its lawyers argue that “connecting” was never the actual objective, leaning heavily on the fact that the original franchise agreement stated “passing” without having clarified if a cable passing a building has to be accessible to that building. They also argue that gaining access to multiple-dwelling units, dealing with landlords, and the costs and logistics of pulling new fiber into buildings is really, really hard. ) While this aside on Verizon’s poorly implemented fiber network will admittedly quickly become dated, it’s included as a reminder of the inherent obstacles to attempting citywide connectivity improvements.

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