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If the H1N1 swine-flu pandemic arrives this fall, one thing that may break under the strain is the Internet. Emergency planners say that school-age children and telecommuting adults could be accessing the network simultaneously, potentially overloading the public Internet’s capacity.
Schoolchildren stuck at home because of swine-flu closings could tax broadband networks during work hours.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates absenteeism during a pandemic could peak at 50% during a six-week period. Many businesses have created emergency plans that assume that absent employees will be able to work from home. It’s not clear, however, that the Internet will behave in a crisis the way it does during typical days.
The report said that 90% of the telecommuting population would experience slowdowns or blackouts when accessing the Internet.
The report recommends that the general public voluntarily limit their use of online gaming and video browsing during a pandemic. The extent to which people will limit their consumption of this type of media is debatable, and the report said that compliance would have to be above 75% to have an impact.
For those who see such a high level of voluntary compliance as unlikely, there have been moves to grant executive power to intercede. Earlier this year, Sen. Joseph Lieberman introduced a bill to the Senate that would grant federal power to protect the network, perhaps by limiting access to certain Web sites or services.
Originally posted by Finn1916
Yeah, and halftime during the superbowl is gonna destroy the sewers and bring about a mutant race of feces fed sewer rat.
Originally posted by MR BOB
reply to post by lucentenigma
no google did. not the internet. the internet is not on esingle thing it is a network consisitng of billions of servers connected to the phonelines all over the world, when you type in the address, it is like dilaing the phone, and you connect to the site.
some sites can become overloaded, as you cannot have toomany people acces the same thing too much.
but for this to happen to everysingle website in the world is unthinkable
Originally posted by Silk
I really doubt the OP premise - I've had swine flu and it didnt stop me doing much - much less that the truth that the "internet" is a connected network of computers the span the globe. The have fail safes and controls - but you knew that didn't you.
Also the swamping demands of the masses seeking information is unlikely to even tax the system - you use google ? consider the demands that system takes every day - multiply by 10 - that's what the system is designed to take - it would take 10x10x10x10 oh i got bored trying to explain the fundamentals of system redundancy
simply put - it wont happen