220.127.116.11/16 and house.gov
schnizlein at isoc.org
Thu Oct 2 17:49:48 UTC 2008
Is this really technical discussion of operation of networks?
I connected the internal network of the US House of Representatives to
the Internet when I worked there, and operated it through both
Democratic and Republican control. I never saw any snooping by
either party of the network traffic, and I had sniffers for diagnosing
problems in several communication closets. I do recall unfounded
accusations both ways, but it would be sad for the rumors to outlive
the reality. The notorious case of intercepted cell-phone
conversations had nothing to do with the data network.
Not only is the data center, but so are all the committee and member
offices that want it connected.
Skilled professionals operate the House's network. There has been a
collegial relationship among the operators of both the Senate and
House networks, as well as the rest of the Legislative branch. There
are good reasons, including Constitutional separation of powers, that
the Legislative Branch is not managed by the Executive Branch. The
independence of the two houses of Congress is more a matter of
tradition, and the fact that a different party sometimes controls the
Bandwidth has ALWAYS been an issue because Internet access is acquired
through normal business processes, and the appetite for bandwidth both
to Congressional staff, and (occasionally - when something important
happens) to the public. Since the source of money for these
operations is Federal taxes, many readers of this list might
appreciate that we have not bought more than we could justify.
I will not say anything about how large or redundant the data center
is for obvious reasons, beyond that I am no longer employed there and
do not have the details.
I really think this thread has outlived its entertainment value.
On 2008Oct2, at 12:39 PM, Mick Bergman wrote:
> Are you saying that the house.gov site is not in a large data center
> with direct fiber connectivity along with many of the other large
> federal web sites (with alternative hot sites ready to go at a
> notice, of course)? As someone who has been to different government
> centers, I can tell you they have huge amounts of data connectivity
> there in case of emergency.
> For a large site like house.gov, bandwidth should never be an issue.
> this case I highly doubt it was the issue, but instead overloading of
> the hardware in place.
> Just my $.02...
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