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Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by ATCclears, Apr 16, 2013.
Boston bombing outage rumors shed light on mobile and Internet 'kill switch' ? RT USA
Another reason to get involved with ham radio :thumbup:
Definitely on my short list of things to do before the year is out.
I don't understand why anything like this comes as a surprise, cell phone networks, as well as they work in most metro areas these days, can be overwhelmed by a particular traffic event causing everyone in a particular cell zone to pick up their phone and call wherever they are going to tell them they will be late... this can compromise coverage in that area. The idea of having a "kill switch" only reinforces the idea that the cellphone network can be compromised by natural events, or direct intervention.
The most interesting aspect that comes as the result of a "kill switch" is the implication that once created, anyone with a sufficient level of power, whether authorized or not can use it.
The discussion about an internet kill switch under the control of the president in cases of national security has been going on for a while now, at least a few years.