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Re: Who wants to be in charge of the Internet today?

  • From: Mikael Abrahamsson
  • Date: Mon Jun 26 15:44:54 2006

On Mon, 26 Jun 2006, Wayne E. Bouchard wrote:

something like 75% service restoration. The independant efforts of
individuals and individual companies will probably be the best
mechanism for repairing any injury to the 'net.
Totally agree.

What needs to be in place are lines of communication between these indviduals and their management, both within and beteen companies and authorities. Much can be accomplished by information spreading regarding what equipment is lacking etc.

If everybody just agrees to fix it all, and deal with the commercial issues afterwards, wonders can be achieved in very short time. But will, authority, communication and information need to exist.

The biggest example I can think of was during the worst storm in the last 50 years here in sweden, there was much devistation in telecommunications and power, most of it power related (power lines torn down). In the EU there are contingency plans to handle this and countries can request help from other countries to get access to their disaster relief equipment such as generators etc. What DOES need to be in place is for someone to pay for transportation of this equipment. The head of the swedish state agency to handle these didn't have authority and budget to pay for the transportation, so he had to call and more or less beg one of the power companies to pay for this. This delayed the delivery of the equipment by some time, totally unnecessary.

So a very important part of disaster planning is "how do we communicate with everybody involved?" and "what are our authorities regarding money and resources". If there is a will, there is a way :P

Mikael Abrahamsson email: [email protected]