Internet providers are offering unlimited data during the “stay home” order, insisting the system is stable. But some fear we’re just one click away from a global disruption.
Families are buying more groceries online, streaming entertainment and online schooling, while more employers are video conferencing to stay in touch.
Any number of things could shut it down.
“The problem can be with someone’s Wi-Fi router. It can be the so-called ‘last mile,’ which is the physical connection the user has with the Internet. It can be an inter-connection point, which the connection an entire neighborhood has with the Internet,” says Jenna Leventoff, senior policy counsel at the group Public Knowledge.
Then there’s the threat of hackers.
“The hacker gangs of the world basically said we’re not going to try to do ransomware cyber attacks where we lock up lots of data from an organization like hospitals right now. Whether they do it or not I have no idea,” says Dr. Chris Bronk at the University of Houston’s College of Technology.
“At what point does someone decide to misbehave on the Internet, and what would they do?”
Bronk says slower connections or being booted off the Internet will be the most common problems.
Sometimes you get what you pay for.
“If someone already has faster Internet speed, they might still be able to use video conference software, just not the video,” Leventoff added. “For other people who live in areas and have forward connections, they might not be able to use that technology at all.”
“And then there’s millions of Americans who don’t have access to the Internet right now, period.”
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