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July 14, 2009

Swine Flu could freeze the internet


by David Allen

With swine flu hardly ever being out of the news, it seems that there are fears that this could mean more people opting to work from home and therefore putting pressure on the broadband network, according to a meeting of the emergency services.

The reason for workers staying at home is that they do not want to get too close to other commuters who may be carrying swine flu and the other consideration is that transport staff falling ill would mean cancellations.

The government is considering whether to allow people suspected of having the virus to stay at home for two weeks without having to be signed off by a doctor.

However, according to Lyndon Bird, an international business continuity expert, BT cannot guarantee that the broadband network could work under these conditions.

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