How the Internet Crossed the Sea | Nostalgia Nerd

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  • Published on:  Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Isn't it strange how millions of people on one side of the Atlantic, can instantaneously communicate with people on the other side, all at once, and with hardly any delay. Well, it's not only strange, it's incredible. To understand how data travels under vast oceans from one place to another, we actually have to start in the mid 1800s. This is the time when the first undersea cables were laid, and astonishingly, when the first communication took place from Europe to America. Since those first undersea telegraph cables, we've moved onto undersea telephone cables and more recently, onto fibre optic cables capable of carrying our beloved internet vast distances.

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  • Nostalgia Nerd

    Nostalgia Nerd

     5 months ago +946

    A correction: At 1:30(ish) - I mean 1837 rather than 1937.
    A further correction: At 0:28 - Faraday invented the first electric motor, not battery. Faraday built on Alessandro Volta's work after creating the Voltaic pile.
    ANOTHER correction: At 13:00 This should be 100 for 2,000 miles. Although closer to 200 were needed for the longer distances these cables were span across.

    This is my fault for trying to error check at 3am with no coffee. Apologies, and I hope it doesn't infringe on your viewing pleasure too much.

  • Epic Adrian 3D

    Epic Adrian 3D


    wow. I had no idea we were still using undersea cables. Thinking about how far we've come but still using the same principle

  • Garfreld


     2 days ago

    just use observer blocks, they work underwater smh

  • Squirrel Monkey

    Squirrel Monkey

     2 days ago

    Ah, the internet! I remember those days. Those were the days.

  • Martin King

    Martin King

     2 days ago

    DSL still is basically an analogue modem, just a very fast one using high frequencies and fancy modulation techniques to achieve the required bandwidth over normal copper telephone wires.

  • Sean T

    Sean T

     3 days ago

    That shark is a Jerk

  • Panpaletka Lg

    Panpaletka Lg

     3 days ago

    Cable Shark do do do do do do

  • Haj


     4 days ago

    what is the song called starting at 15:25?

  • Ikki Arkez

    Ikki Arkez

     5 days ago

    ME: heard that
    Narrator: what?
    ME: You said U.S Navy officer and AstroMoner

  • Chuzzlepuff Puffchuzzle

    Chuzzlepuff Puffchuzzle

     7 days ago

    There's so much porn going through those cables

  • Pilletta Doinswartsh

    Pilletta Doinswartsh

     7 days ago

    A few words per hour = 0.00001200 Baud

  • neatodd


     7 days ago

    17: 00 There's nothing inherently 'digital' about fibre optic cable - it's just that switching between different states is quicker using light

  • DemoGorgonZola


     7 days ago

    ``How the Internet Crossed the Sea``
    It surfed.

  • Ano Nymous

    Ano Nymous

     7 days ago

    This was really informative and yet entertaining, thanks a lot for your work!

  • Alex Lappano

    Alex Lappano

     7 days ago

    fuckin guys went an discovered impedance behd

  • A Rock.

    A Rock.

     7 days ago

    In 1492, the internet sailed the web anew.

  • TheGmr140


     7 days ago

    this is how the internet was born:

  • the bronylike superchannel

    the bronylike superchannel

     7 days ago


  • Gleb Gilyov

    Gleb Gilyov

     7 days ago

    wow, I was 100% sure that satellites are the main source of data transfers nowadays, did not even think it is possible to make that huge cable to connect Europe with States!

  • warjandeviking


     7 days ago

    What is the name of the song starting at 1.21?