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the Internet's resilience


How resilient is the Internet to the collapse of the companies that control its basic services? The article Is this lights out for the Internet? from the Guardian Online analyzes this question in moderate detail. In case you're wondering, the answer is: No. Very enticing name for the article, suggesting that a "shutdown of the internet" is possible in light of the WorldCom collapse. Enticing, but not accurate, which for me reflects badly on the article itself, which actually does a reasonably good job of explaining why it would be very difficult for the Internet to fail. (I mentioned the issue of 'headlines and the web' on a previous post in no comment).

If there was a LOT more consolidation, then the backbone would be left in the hands of maybe 2 companies... a "backbone blackout", at least temporary, could be possible...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on July 17 2002 at 7:57 PM

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