Research Project: Internet capacity during pandemic events

Eric Brunner-Williams brunner at
Wed Feb 3 16:18:50 UTC 2010


Is your interest events like the recent semi-non-event with H1N1, 
where for contagation management, workforce labor and school age 
children were not compulsorily aggregated, or morbidity and mortality 
effects on network operator labor for an event such as the dispersal 
of a weaponized biological?

Restated, is your interest bursty behavior on the edge (houses of 
workers at big box employers X,Y,Z), rather than at the core (big box 
employer X,Y,Z), or how do network operators plan continuity as the 
skilled labor available count goes to zero?

We sort of had the latter exercise over the past three weeks in Haiti, 
where fuel, food, and families assumptions about operational readiness 
were tested, and only just kept above zero.


On 2/2/10 10:59 PM, 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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