Did I miss a problem: FCC and CISA stress need for access during pandemic

Bill Woodcock woody at pch.net
Wed May 27 06:29:20 UTC 2020


> On May 27, 2020, at 3:40 AM, Sean Donelan <sean at donelan.com> wrote:
> I have not heard of any problems with access for ISP and communications workers in any U.S. state or locality during the pandemic.
> Did I miss a big problem requiring the FCC chairman and CISA Director send a letter?

That was one of the outcomes of the OECD recommendations to member governments on the Internet during the pandemic.  As you may recall, I emailed you, and many other members of our community, on March 23, soliciting input for this document:

   http://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/keeping-the-internet-up-and-running-in-times-of-crisis-4017c4c9/

The specific recommendation regarding prioritized access came from several of the people I mailed, and was of particular concern to global backbone operators. Whether you think that particular recommendation is a high priority or not, I’d chalk this up as a successful exercise of our community providing input to government and having government take it seriously and act upon it in the way that we requested them to.  Exercising that channel periodically, to keep government thinking of that as normal, would be good.

There’s no provable causality chain here, but it was a concern, we spoke, they listened, and the problem we were concerned with did not become an issue, so that’s a success.  If only we could do that with public health, we’d be in great shape.

                               -Bill




                                -Bill

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