Where Are The High Tech Solutions?

I know that this is a "political" board but it seems like we have a lot of very "tech-savvy" people that post here.  Is anyone else concerned that a contractor's mistake today, resulting in a cut in a fiber-optics network in Chapel Hill, resulted in a loss of communication amongst courthouses and county offices in all 100 NC counties?

Cut fiber line knocks out state courts' communications


I find this kind of disconcerting myself.  It seems like the design of these systems has made us far, far too vulnerable.  I think this is a political issue because it raises concerns for public health and welfare , at least IMHO.

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The cable cut was in Raleigh.  Tha state can have all the redundancy it is willing to pay for as part of its private network.  The public telephone network has a lot of redundancy, but the alternate routes are not total, and are capacity-limited.

I'm probably one of those 'tech savvy' people you're talking about.The problem you note is easily solvable, if somebody is willing to pay for provisioning the redundant connection.  It's not even a slightly challenging matter, from a technology perspective.  Personally, I could not endorse such an additional expenditure of public funds. 

It's not craven Luddite-ism to worry about our increasing and exclusive dependency on technology as both core of and support for infrastructure.  Recent revelations about hacking into power-grid computer-networks shouldn't surprise anyone -- way too easy to see it coming.  But it should worry everyone - regarding security, yes - but even more regarding the potentially devastating cost of vulnerability to interruption and malfunction, whatever the cause.  Likewise, it bothers me a great deal to read about efforts to store all medical records electronically, getting rid of all paper trails.  I've spent too much time sitting next to a doc or a nurse who's losing the battle with medical center computers that "are buggy today" not to wish for a fallback arrangement to get test results.  And what happens in a catastrophe when power goes down, communications are extensively disrupted, and hospitals are inundated?   By all means,  get things updated and streamlined, but don't ignore the critical need for back-up, redundancy, and/or Plan B. We can't afford not to pay for it, or else we can't afford the technology.


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