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My son Josh is aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln over in the area where the tsunami happened. How long does it take for an e-mail from Lawrence to travel to the ship in that area?

"Very interesting question," said Frank Wiles, Sunflower Broadband IT manager. "It really depends on how the ship receives their Internet connection, which is definitely via satellite."

Wiles said the e-mail might be screened by the military, probably more so on the return trip from ship to shore than on the receiving side.

"In any case, without factoring in 'screening time,' it should typically never take more than a few seconds to a minute for most e-mails to travel anywhere on the Internet. An hour at most. I routinely trade e-mails, in near conversational speed, between here and Europe."

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