Research Project: Internet capacity during pandemic events

Ken Gilmour ken.gilmour at
Wed Feb 3 15:13:30 UTC 2010

It's not related to Canada directly but but it is related to your question.
The following links are to the NANOG archive from Sep 11th 2001 where there
was some very good communication, specifically from Sean Donnelan regarding
connectivity during crisis. It shows the "unknowns" that people faced and
the teamwork involved in ensuring everyone could communicate (if you
overlook the religious and opinionated posts from other members).



On 2 February 2010 21:59, <haska at> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> My name is Mike Haska, and I am a graduate student at the University of
> Alberta. I am conducting research into Internet capacity issues during
> pandemic events. In order to analyze certain aspects of this topic, I need
> to get in touch with representatives from the major Internet service
> providers in Canada - some of whom, I am hoping, are members of this
> distribution.
> Specifically, I am looking to get in touch with individuals who are
> familiar with the structure of their network and with any pandemic
> contingency plans that are in place within their organization.
> If you think you may be able to assist, or if you know of anyone who could,
> please contact me at (haska at and I will provide further
> information on all aspects of this study.
> To put your mind at ease - I'm not fishing around for sensitive information
> or your root passwords; I'm looking for an overview of your policies and
> your responses to hypothetical scenarios. Your confidentiality is assured
> and you are welcome to preview all the questions to be asked before you
> commit to participating in any way.
> I feel this topic has important implications to network operators in
> Canada, so any support you can offer to this research project is greatly
> appreciated.
> Best regards,
> -Mike

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