CA: Phone cutoff stirs free speech fight

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August 30, 2011
Washington Post    
Posted in LAND News, News, PND News

"Police in riot gear. Masked demonstrators ready for a confrontation. And then government forces shut down the wireless network to try to thwart plans for the 'flash mob' protest coordinated by cellphones and Twitter. It’s not a scene from the Arab Spring, but one from America’s beautiful city on the bay, San Francisco. It developed with a backdrop not of tanks and fires but of thousands of annoyed commuters trying to get to their trains. Worried about a plan to disrupt service, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police this month decided to pull the plug on the system that allows underground cellphone service. It lasted only a few hours, but the decision continues to resonate." (08/30/11)  

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