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Bill Davis
Re: COVID-related internet throttling
on Apr 6, 2020 at 6:08:46 pm
Last Edited By Bill Davis on Apr 6, 2020 at 6:25:30 pm

[Oliver Peters] "Still think we can move everyone to the cloud for business?"

I know I'm late to this but I've been swamped with crisis communications for a large local credit union client.

What scares me today regarding the avilablity of bandwidth is that many of the smarter governors (and I'm specifically referencing Cal Gov Newsome here - have already publicly said they are working on trying to integrate distance learning initiatives into the public school system, as we speak.

Imagine the bandwidth that will need to be deployed to live stream real-time lessons to all the students of a major system like the California Public Schools.

I just looked it up. There are just under 7,000 elementary and middle schools involved. I did some napkin numbers and came up with roughly 1.4 million daily streams (ave. 25 kids a class) IF each grade "team teaches" all the students rather than trying to do separate class by class.

And to the best of my knowledge, nobody has curriculum that's ready to deploy to supplant the current "individual teacher lesson plans" for their classroom - which takes consideration of different learning speeds and modes.

I'm sure there are panic meetings happening right now at the Board of Education level down to the district and individual schools levels in case the public schools need to remain closed for months.

But you can bet this will be a MASSIVE undertaking and could easily disrupt the load profile of even the big gun services like AWS, Aspera, Azure, etc.

1.4 million school kids logging on every morning to take classes is NOT a trivial idea.

And I'll just note that when I had my education product selling into schools, a few years ago the primary access platform was Zoom.

You might want to have a back-up collaboration pipeline available for your work, just in case.


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