Telecom industry studies pandemic potential

Telcos are getting better at responding to hurricanes and other kinds of disasters, but what about a massive disease outbreak? The Federal Communications Commission sponsored a panel last week for major service providers and network operators to discuss their preparations for such a pandemic event, which could require a response very similar to other types of disasters.

Remote network management, traffic grooming and telecommuting would be key for a disease disaster that could keep many people in their homes or locked down elsewhere. Service providers have had many chances in recent years to practice and refine their responses to natural disasters, but let's hope that the preparation for a pandemic does not have to be tested by a real-world crisis anytime soon.

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