Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pig plague could crash interwebs, say US feds --DHS bandwidth rationing?

28 Oct 2009

[SVC Comment: Yet another false government rationale for intervening in the free flow of the internet? Would the Feds also shut down the very helpful FDA web-site featuring the incriminating “package inserts” which confirm the vaccine Thimerasol content and the fact that the vaccines have not been shown to be safe for pregnant women, etc.?]

A severe outbreak of the H1N1 pandemic could overwhelm internet providers' capacity, according to a report submitted Monday, which called on Department of Homeland Security officials to develop contingency plans to avert such a crisis.

"Concerns exist that a more severe pandemic outbreak than 2009's could cause large numbers of people staying home to increase their internet use and overwhelm internet providers' network capacities," according to the report, which was prepared by the US Government Accountability Office.

It went on to warn that the congestion might be so acute that stock brokers and other securities market employees would be unable to telework from home. The authors said the DHS, which is responsible for making sure critical networks remain operational during emergencies, needs to consider ways to mitigate the threat and held out the rationing of customer bandwidth or the blocking of websites as possibilities.


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