Where the Internet is stored (Photo credit: debs)
The Internet was designed to survive the disappearance of a lot of connections. But those two sites in lower Manhattan control a huge amount of traffic and no one is sure exactly what kind of interruptions users would encounter if that traffic had to find another way out of the country. Computer models of the Internet are really only rough approximations of how the Internet hardware and software would handle such a huge interruption. Fortunately, we didn’t have to find out, although there are some Internet engineers who would have liked to see exactly what kind of impact a breakdown of that scale would have had. That way Internet hardware and software could be modified to better handle a similar massive event in the future.