One Year Ago

One year ago, and still fresh in the memory of many of us.

At 10:29 this morning, bells rung throughout New York City, marking the one-year anniversary of the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, the result of terrorist attacks. Light Reading urges our readers to pause a moment in remembrance of the victims of that day.

As events unfolded last year, many of us put aside what seemed like trivial stuff -- the networking business -- to think about the more important things in life. For a while, this site was transformed into a meeting place for those discussing the events.

If you like, go back and read Stephen Saunders' column September 11th 2001 . The news stories and message boards also serve as a record of the events:

Wall Street Aghast at Tragedy
MRVC, Akamai Mourn Crash Victims
Companies Take Action After Attacks
N+I Closes Early After Attacks
N+I Conference Reflects Gloom
Service Providers Persevere All of us at Light Reading extend our sympathies to those who suffered losses during the tragic events of last September.

— The Light Reading staff
gea 12/4/2012 | 9:47:20 PM
re: One Year Ago I for one have been hoping for some Lightreading Articles related to the events of 9/11/01. For instance, I have never read an account of how much traffic was lost as a result of the catastrophe. Also, how many SONET rings performed protection switching in the downtown area? How many successfully recovered? Which vendors came out smelling like roses? Which vendors didn't perform when needed? (It should be noted, too, that one of the oldest and well-known COs in the country was hit by WTC "shrapnel", and on my Express bus home I see it is still largely unrepaired. What happened to that CO on 9/11? I have heard some rumors, but a fuller acount my be interesting.)

Followup articles could focus on the impact of 9/11 on both service providers as well as equipment vendors. What are the new concerns of service providers in light of what is now concievable? For isntance, it might be argued that 9/11 delayed the deployment of widespread Metro Ethernet due to its relatively immature protection features. Does this corroborate with what service providers are asking for from a protection standpoint? (Or vice-versa--Internet traffic was apparently largely unaffected...maybe routed networks look more resilient and desirabl in ligh of 9/11.) And do the outages due to 9/11 make a case for mesh-style protection?

I think a series of articles such as I mention above might make for some very interesting and nontrivial reading. And oh, I suppose it is possible that articles such as these were posted, but I don't remember ever seeing any.
papabear 12/4/2012 | 9:47:17 PM
re: One Year Ago gea, here is the link to Verizon's web page about 9/11/01:


It does not go into the technical details but, it shows some pictures, cost, restoration efforts and future plans.

I agree it would be very interesting to see the technical details and how the different networks responded.
jssreenath 12/4/2012 | 9:47:17 PM
re: One Year Ago That is a great idea; additionally, is the Verizon CO at 140 West St operational yet? (I believe that is the one to which the previous message refers.) I heard that it is costing them billions to recover that office and its traffic. This would be great investigative journalism and a nice break from the run of the mill layoff articles and "which companies are going to go under" slam fests.
R.J. Squirrel 12/4/2012 | 9:47:15 PM
re: One Year Ago There's a good article on how the TV and FM networks recovered at: www.fybush.com
MP_UK 12/4/2012 | 9:47:14 PM
re: One Year Ago
...condolences from across the pond. Must be a difficult day for you guys.

Yoda88us 12/4/2012 | 9:47:13 PM
re: One Year Ago Today is a day to consider our good fortunes and freedoms and remember those who are less fortunate.

I extend my condolences to those that have been affected on this 1-year anniversary. I also thank the folks at Lightreading for their commentary as well.

I chose to express my free choice by not working, but I will be back at it again tomorrow. So let's all keep our chins up in these trying times, be grateful for what we have and move forward as best we can.
B8ZS 12/4/2012 | 9:47:13 PM
re: One Year Ago Hats off to the U.K. and God save the Queen.

Friends Forever!
willywilson 12/4/2012 | 9:47:12 PM
re: One Year Ago There's a good article on how the TV and FM networks recovered at: www.fybush.com


I'd love to see someone take a look at how Merrill Lynch used 9/11 to promote free-space optics from TeraBeam, in which Merrill just happened to be a big investor.


I would love to see these claims checked out independently.
kz1x 12/4/2012 | 9:47:00 PM
re: One Year Ago ... and, we're grateful for our real friends from the Mother Country.
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