Collocation Access

Frank Coluccio frank at
Tue Oct 24 13:30:27 UTC 2006

Most list members here will probably find difficulty fathoming this, but during
the Cold War years of the Nineteen Sixties, many telco employees, depending on
the type of work they were engaged in, were actually issued government "Civil
Defense" ID's for the purpose of gaining access to their workplaces and for
transit to contingency assignments during natural disasters and acts of war. Long
Lines staff and local operating company switching and transmission staff were
given high priority in those days. I'm not sure exactly when, but I think the
practice was suspended around 1968-9, or so. 

Do you suppose that telecoms and Internet is critical enough to the nation's
infrastructure today that it should carry this level of regard by government?
Say, qualified personnel working in critical sectors be issued "Homeland
Security" ID's? Would such ID's issued by Homeland Security satisfy the clearance
requirements for gaining access to collocation centers?

On Tue Oct 24  8:51 , "David Schwartz"  sent:

>> In recent memory, I can think of two large collocation
>> centers that retain your ID.  One is in Miami and one in New York (I don't
>> think I need to name names, most of you know to which I refer).
>> All others
>> (including AT&T) have never asked to retain my ID.
>Then you broke the law, assuming you had a Florida license and you presented
>it to the Miami facility.
>Florida law, Title 13 section 322.32(2), "Unlawful use of license" says
>"[i]t is a misdemeanor of the second degree ... for any person ... [t]o lend
>his or her driver's license to any other person or knowingly permit the use
>thereof by another."

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