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NATO in Chicago . . . Cell Phones May Be Shut Down?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/05/18 15:21:48
Authorities
are considering a shut-down of cell phone service in Chicago this weekend. The
excuse: the NATO meeting. The Daily Beast reports that the FBI and Secret
Service have standing authority to jam signals and they can also push for the
shutdown of cell towers, thanks to "Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 303,"
which lays out the nation’s official “Emergency Wireless Protocols.”

Without cell phones, people cannot access Facebook or Twitter unless they are at home or can get to a Starbucks, where there is free WiFi.

Without Facebook and Twitter, there won’t be a “Chicago spring” to match “Arab spring.”

According to the National Communications System, the protocol details a “shutdown and restoration process for use by commercial and private wireless networks during national crises.”


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  • sglmom 2012/05/24 00:42:50
    sglmom
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    Well then .. so glad I don't have to go through Chicago ..
  • Cellar Door 2012/05/18 15:41:46
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    But.. but I live in Chicago. ;_;
    This is ridiculous.
  • Flamingolady 2012/05/18 15:39:29
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    Sorry, people in Chicago! I hope it does not disrupt your lives too much.
  • Karen E 2012/05/18 15:30:21
    Karen E
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    and too many pulling on the wi fi will screw it up too. unexpected consequences of letting them come here. the inner cities will be a mess.........
  • Jo 2012/05/18 15:28:07
    Jo
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    why would they need to do this? its not a done deal yet, is it? I'm based in chicago and I'm on call the 20th-22nd---sound slike its gonna be interesting if they decide to do this!
  • ~ The Rebel ~ 2012/05/18 15:22:58
    ~ The Rebel ~
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    This was done in San Francisco recently. Police shut off cell phone service in the Bay Area Rapid Transit System.

    What if locals had to call 911? They had better get to a land line. Or to a Starbucks.

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