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Our Collection Techniques
NSA technicians have installed intercept stations at key junction points, or switches, throughout the country. These switches are located in large windowless buildings owned by the major telecommunication companies and control the domestic internet traffic flow across the nation.
A fiber optic splitter is placed on the incoming communication lines and routes the traffic to an NSA intercept station for processing. Eventually, all of the domestic data flow will be routed to the new Utah Data
Center when it opens in Fall 2013. The NSA also monitors all satellite communications in and out of the U.S. via satellite receivers located across the country.
Surveillance Data from Other Sources
In addition to our own data collection activities, the Domestic Surveillance Directorate receives a constant flow of information from other sources. For more information about these sources, visit Our Partners page.