Latest Threat To Clog The Internet: Bird Flu

from the say-what? dept

Now, we've heard all sorts of nutty claims over the years that the internet was on the verge of collapsing -- but at least most of them seemed to be based on at least somewhat reasonable premises concerning new applications (such as video or file sharing) that use a lot more bandwidth than previous applications. However, the latest warning just seems to be fear mongering for the sake of fear mongering. Broadband Reports points out that some consultants (I'm sorry, "business continuity planners") are warning that bird flu could crash the internet next. The idea is that if there's a big bird flu pandemic, everyone will start working from home and telecommuting -- and that work will then overload the internet. This doesn't mean that such scenarios shouldn't be considered -- but it seems to go a bit far to assume that such an event would automatically overload the network. Assuming that most of the workers who need the internet already use it at work, all telecommuting would do is distribute the bandwidth use and maybe increase it at the margin. It's hard to see how having everyone switch to remote working would really add that much burden to the network -- but it sure makes for a good story for these consultants.
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    C.G., 14 Feb 2007 @ 8:06am

    Is that the worst of it?

    Seriously, if Bird Flu was SO bad that you needed to stay home and work, then there are worse problems besides not having a fast internet connection. If I was subject to quarantine because the world around me was dying of bird flu, I'd be more worried the illness than the speed of my internet.

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