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Bandwidth Shortage Predicted: How to Survive
By: Andy Weiss
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A major Internet bandwidth shortage is predicted to sweep across the United States beginning at 12:15 pm Eastern Time on Thursday. Experts project that the shortage will occur again on Friday — oddly beginning at the same time. The web congestion is expected to cause workplace productivity to plummet, with the latest estimates pegging the financial impact on the private sector alone at north of $190 million. On the bright side, many watering holes, taverns, and restaurants across the country are preparing outreach programs for the temporarily displaced broadband sufferers. While it can be a very maddening, careful preparation can help you survive the expected Internet slowdown.
Below is a collection of recommended precautions to help mitigate the shortage’s impact on you and your coworkers.
  • Schedule any meetings requiring Internet access or IT support prior to noon Eastern Time.
  • Complete any online forms or brackets as early in the day as possible as last minute changes may not submit correctly.
  • If possible, relocate any afternoon meetings to one of the designated outreach programs in your area.
  • If you must stay at your desk, bring a packed lunch to work to ensure that you are able to take advantage of any available bandwidth.
  • Avoid the day altogether by using up any remaining rollover vacation days.
  • Blow off steam with coworkers by gathering in front of the break room TV and collectively shouting, jumping up and down and high-fiving each other.
  • Conserve your employer’s broadband by shifting your the Internet usage and news updates to the 3G or 4G services of your smartphone or tablet.
Above all, keep in mind that both Thursday and Friday afternoon may be a tense time for all as we grapple with what the days’ events could mean to us over the coming weeks.
Lastly, a special hashtag, #MarchMadness, has been established to help track the progress of the Internet slowdown and any related events. That will be the best source for receiving any updates as well as sharing how you have personally been impacted. Good luck.

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Andy Weiss is a digital direct marketer, consumer evangelist, change agent, and cultural anthropologist.
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