This has got to be the coolest study a student can do. The Oxford Internet Institute has published a map by Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata of internet undersea fiberoptic cables that looks like the London Tube (subway) map.
This is a true demonstration of how the internet and worldwide communications have changed so much. Just over 150 years ago (1850), the French attempted to lay the first copper cables across the British channel. By 1853 most of western Europe was connected together.
Although this is not the most detailed map (some areas are not indicated) this provides us an at-a-glance view of what makes our connected world go ’round.
As you can see, the US is the the most connected part of the world, quickly followed by the UK according to the Oxford Internet Institute.
Find out more at http://geography.oii.ox.ac.uk/?page=internet-tube