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

  • From: Frank Bulk
  • Date: Mon Jun 26 18:34:25 2006

Sometimes we can't get a hold of each other's NOCs during 'peacetime',
imagine in times of disaster!


-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of
Mikael Abrahamsson
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2006 2:43 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: Who wants to be in charge of the Internet today?

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]