OK, I did not know that and I still have nagging suspicions that this is just too simple for it to be true. Yet, my own mistrustful nature notwithstanding, this is all real.
So, in 1928, AT&T built two skyscrapers in Manhattan — at 60 Hudson Street and 32 Avenue of the Americas. At the time, the buildings housed huge telephone switches, and even had dormitories for workers who manually connected the phone calls (yes, that used to be how calls were connected).
Well, that was then. Today, the two skyscrapers are home to one of the world’s biggest internet “switch” points, helping to bring the internet to Americans. Blake Mitchell of Telx, the firm that operates the data center housed in the building, said:
They [the buildings] remain the central switchboards of our telecom culture; home to 400 carriers serving 600+ data networks — among the most richly connected buildings in the world.
Amazing, isn’t it? Scroll down for the video for more details.
1. Each room has biometric security, and is now home to glass rooms housing many of the world’s most popular websites.
2. The building at 60 Hudson is home to one of the biggest internet ‘switch’ points in the world, helping bring the internet to the US.
3. Between 1928 and 1932, Western Union and AT&T Long Lines built two of the most advanced telecommunications buildings in the world, at 60 Hudson Street and 32 Avenue of the Americas in Lower Manhattan.
4. The building were originally built to bring telephone service to Manhattan.
5. The buildings even included dormitories for the hundreds of workers needed to connect Manhattan’s calls.
6. Now the rooms are dominated by the huge bundles of cables needed to carry internet traffic.
And here is the amazing video:
Share these buildings’ secrets with your friends below — it’s a fair bet that they would want to know where their internet comes from.