Bird Flu Pandemic Could Choke the Net
If a pandemic were to occur, many companies and organizations would
ask their staffs to work from home. The impact of millions of
additional people using the Internet from home might require individuals and companies to voluntarily restrain themselves from surfing to high-bandwidth sites,
such as YouTube. If people didn't comply, the government might step in
and limit Net usage. The scenario is not far-fetched: last year at the
World Economic Forum in Switzerland, a group of telecom and government
officials conducted a pandemic exercise based on a hypothetical breakout of bird flu in central Europe. The results weren't pretty.