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When the lines go down (telecommunications)

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2 Author(s)
D. Bodson ; Nat. Commun. Syst. Office of Technol. & Stand., Arlington, VA, USA ; E. Harris

Telecommunications planning for national security and emergency preparedness in the post-divestiture (of AT&T) environment is examined. To ensure emergency telecommunications, a web of emergency structures, plans, and procedures are in place, with links from the local provider level to the national level. Involved in this web are: individual companies and providers, regional and national corporate entities, and state and local emergency management centers. Some of the measures in place are discussed. The augmentations or other equipment that can be deployed in any emergency and the role of satellite and wireless communication are described. The importance of human preparation is addressed. Lessons learned in past emergencies and the potential impact of emerging technologies in future emergencies are discussed.<>

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IEEE Spectrum  (Volume:29 ,  Issue: 3 )