The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The calamity at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was an appalling display of carnage. Yet it was also a telling test of the resilience of the North American communications system. And while the system may have faltered, it did not fail. As our story in this issue relates, wireline telephone networks were strained. But they were able to handle the added traffic, with the cooperation of the clientele. Wireless service continued unabated, with those trapped in the rubble phoning loved ones. Advances in cellular technology permitted passengers and crew on the ill-fated airplanes to make their final goodbyes on wireless phones.  The Internet, originally intended as a way of communicating should the U. S. be under attack, proved to be the hardiest of all. Emails were sent to and from New York and Washington with little disruption.  The traffic to news web sites multiplied significantly. At first, this meant that most sites were inaccessible for a few hours. But the webmasters responded quickly. They stripped their sites of all extraneous material, leaving only the latest information on the attack. Companies knew this was not the time for banner ads.  Also being figured into the equation is the fact that surfers changed their focus. While news sites were inundated, commercial and travel sites were deserted.  Convergence, that all-hallowed buzzword in modern commerce, worked well. CNN.com was able to triple its number of servers by utilizing the ones allocated to its financial and its sports networks. It also reduced content. The web site usually contains over 255 kb of information; the abridged edition was trimmed to 20 kb.  Bill Moroney, the president/CEO of the United Telecom Council, spoke for many in the telecom field in a statement he put out just after the attack.  "Lest we ever doubt the importance of the work we do in ensuring that all critical infrastructure industries have the essential communication support they need, it is tragic times like these that painfully remind us."