Wild Card

By Larry Dignan  |  Posted 2006-05-04 Print this article Print

: Cable and DSL Access"> Wild Card: Cable and DSL Access Of course, all this planning isnt going to help companies if so-called last mile access to workers homes falters. Tabb said companies with workers at home will rely on cable and DSL providers for connectivity. "If a massive number of people have to work from home, that last mile is going to get clogged quickly," Tabb said. "There will be congestion if industry has to move significant data back and forth."
VeriCenters Colesante said his workers also have wireless cards that connect to cellular networks to use in case of DSL or cable outages.
Click here to read the DHS pandemic influenza implementation plan. The rub with all that telecommuting: Someone has to pick up the tab. "You need a continuity policy that dictates how a company approaches broadband," Tabb said. "Should the company reimburse broadband for those that arent connected?" Add that to the long list of bird flu planning yet to be done. "No one wants to tempt fate and say we have all of this covered," said Ross, in New York. "Especially when they havent really started to consider the implications." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.

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Larry formerly served as the East Coast news editor and Finance Editor at CNET News.com. Prior to that, he was editor of Ziff Davis Inter@ctive Investor, which was, according to Barron's, a Top-10 financial site in the late 1990s. Larry has covered the technology and financial services industry since 1995, publishing articles in WallStreetWeek.com, Inter@ctive Week, The New York Times, and Financial Planning magazine. He's a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.

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