Updated from 7:04 a.m. EDT

Companies that control the communications and Internet interconnections of a lot of networks are known as backbone stocks, because they control the main "trunk" connections of the Internet around the world.

Forbes magazine recently did an article on these companies and listed the top 10 backbone stocks in terms of network connections, which are now being tracked on Stockpickr, including Level 3 Communications ( LVLT) and Verizon ( VZ).

To read more, visit Stockpickr.com.
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