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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:39 PM

Should the government be able to shut down mobile networks in an emergency?
By Tim Conneally


That is the big question the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking right now in its latest call for public comment.

If there was an emergency situation, such as a mobile-triggered explosive device, or phone-organized "violent flash mob," could and should authorities be allowed to bring down all of the mobile communications networks?

Last summer, San Francisco's BART mass transit system admitted to shutting down cellular service in its underground rail stations to prevent protesters from interrupting trains. This situation is cited several times in the FCC's call for comment this week.

"Service interruption could be accomplished in many different ways. For the purposes of this Public Notice, we are focused on situations where one or more wireless carriers, or their authorized agents, interrupt their own services in an area for a limited time period at the request of a government actor, or have their services interrupted by a government actor that exercises lawful control over network facilities," the document says. "We do not invite comment on practices expressly prohibited by statute or regulation, such as signal jamming."

Detailed information at: http://betanews.com/...n-an-emergency/