Saturday, December 10, 2011

Could the US Government Implement a Kill Switch for Mobile Phones?

Following the decision from city officials in San Francisco to kill mobile phone
service at a moment’s notice throughout the Bay Area, the FCC is examining how
a proposal of their own could implement similar measures across the US.
California residents outraged at ongoing acts of violence carried out in the
hands of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officers in recent years displayed their
disgust with a series of demonstrations earlier this year, which triggered city
officials to throttle mobile phone service in hopes of deterring angry riders
from organizing protests. Despite a backlash of complaints from patrons and
civil liberty advocates across the country, the BART system has officially
implemented a legislation that allows them the ability to thwart service at
their own discretion.

“The intent of this mobile phone interruption policy is to balance free speech
rights with legitimate public safety concerns,” BART Board President Bob
Franklin tells reporters.

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