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  •  That's what they are trying to prepare for (1+ / 0-)
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    The emergency government info will not be the only (and my guess is not even the primary) source people look to for information.

    Also, there will be signficant additional use by health care sytems as they ramp up to prepare for and to allocate resources to address the needs of pandemic.

    In fact it is for these uses (and other primary government functions) that they seek to protect the internet.  

    Whether restrictions on use will be implemented will depend on whether such critical uses are threatened or delayed.  

    You are also not counting the severity of the pandemic's impact on the companies whose job it is to support all the critical links of the internet.  If between 30% and 50% of the people who are critical to continued internet operation are  sick themselves, home caring for family members or just plain staying home, continued operation might be compromised with absolutely no increase in the volume of use.

    If power or other critical elements are compromised - including replacement parts that come primarily from off-shore sources, integrity of the system could fail no matter what the volume of use.

    It is this wider realm of threat they seek to prepare against - to keep critical functions going and to allow the internet to fulfill secondary functions like information, communication and entertainment for the public.  

    Think of the constitution as a levy. Think of our democracy as New Orleans.

    by Into The Woods on Wed Feb 14, 2007 at 12:49:37 PM PST

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