Who are you gonna call?

Michael Dillon michael at memra.com
Tue Jun 29 22:47:22 UTC 1999

On Tue, 29 Jun 1999, Sean Donelan wrote:

> Yes, paper has a 451F temperature problem,

So go to your local newspaper and get some used aluminum press plates.
Then inscribe the numbers on the plates with a dull stylus like a metal
ball point pen. 

> Who would you want to be able to call to bootstrap the system back up?

> Is there any consensus, rough or otherwise, of Internet-specific resources
> the network operations community would like to have access?  Ask now.

If the Internet matters then there should be regional coordination centers
that all ISPs should call. If the Internet doesn't matter then don't sweat
the details. 

I think that a good start would be to phone all your peers and exchange
additional direct dial phone numbers, preferably on different CLECs. For
instance, get the home numbers or cell numbers of key people at the peer's
NOC and give them your numbers.

Next would be to call all your circuit providers and ask them what numbers
to call in the event of a problem on New Years Day. They will all have set
up some coordination facility to deal with such issues so talk them into
giving you some numbers that will reach the facility. If they won't give
you those numbers then find out who, within the telco, would be able to
contact the cordination facility and get access numbers for those people.

And contact the ARRL and ARES to find out what preparations are being made
for emergency radio communication during the Y2K rollover.

Michael Dillon                 -               E-mail: michael at memra.com
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