The recent news about the L.A. earthquake has me wondering about how the Telcos manage network traffic spikes. The news reports about the earthquake talked about the public phone traffic blocked the networks to the point where the L.A. emergency call out notifications were ineffective. My question is - how do the Telco's size switch capacity at regional and local levels to manage normal and spike traffic? Is there any way for a company (external to the Telco) to obtain real-time capacity status so that their traffic intended for a locality can be throttled so that it does not flood the switch? How can I find out more about this? Business reasons dictate that I find answers to these questions and I'm looking for some help in understanding where to start and who to talk with. ...any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,