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more on Emergency text messages and AB 2231
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2006 17:01:17 -0500

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From: Lauren Weinstein <lauren () vortex com>
Date: April 1, 2006 11:24:01 AM EST
To: "(Mr) Lyn R Kennedy" <lrkn () earthlink net>
Cc: David Farber <dave () farber net>, lauren () vortex com
Subject: Re: [IP] more on Emergency text messages and AB 2231

Unintended consequences can really get you with this one.  Cell phone
networks are often the first telecom technology to get overloaded (or
in some cases just fail completely) in an emergency.  Start sending
out text messages to everyone, and you're likely to trigger
thousands or millions of immediate call attempts by users trying
to reach family members, etc.  Boom -- saturation, and the really
important emergency calls don't get through.

Most people don't realize how limited cell phone capacity really is,
relatively.  Of course, the cell carriers don't exactly promote
their limitations.

Lauren Weinstein
lauren () vortex com or lauren () pfir org
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800
Co-Founder, PFIR
   - People For Internet Responsibility - http://www.pfir.org
Co-Founder, IOIC
   - International Open Internet Coalition - http://www.ioic.net
Moderator, PRIVACY Forum - http://www.vortex.com
Member, ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com
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