a reply to: SaturnFX
August 30, 1969: ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). Closed in 1990. It was also part of the United States Department of Defense. At
the original start, there were only 4 internet nodes available and special clearance was needed to use it and it was closely moderated, but eventually
that was expanded to include the rest of society.
When you talk about parts of the internet being shut down, it makes me think of when I lived in Flagstaff, Arizona. September of 2001. My room-mate
who was a fire fighter / EMT-B, worked with a company that was Gov't contracted wild land fire support. He was up at the Grand Canyon on September 11,
helping with the massive fire that was going on. Their phones were satellite based, it was the only way to have cell use. He called me to ask if I had
been watching the news at all. He sounded distraught. I told him I was in my email but not watching any news on t.v. or internet. He told me to turn
on the news. I did. Just in time to see the plane hit.
As I told him what I was seeing on the t.v. we lost contact. My internet went out as did my cable. A few doors down from my room, was one of the hotel
worker's rooms. We were pretty good friends. I went to go down to ask him if his net was down just as he was coming to ask me the same. He went to
call over to the office and his cell service was out as well, so we walked down to the office. The office's internet, cable, cell phones were all down
too. We sat in the lobby, discussing this whole thing while checking our cell phones periodically. It was all down for 45 minutes.
When my room mate came back to pick up supplies a few days later, we asked him if any of their service went down or if he knew why we were cut off
like we had been. He said they lost communication as well. He said his boss was having a fit about it because it was putting his crew at risk because
they could not communicate back and forth.
I suppose that a lot of people wouldn't have even known it was down as they were probably at work, unless they worked in stores etc. that use credit
card machines and such. A lot of people probably didn't pay much attention that it went down right at that moment. I watched the news for any info.
about that but there was nothing, at least that I know of.
So, I would say that it is totally possible to shut down parts of the net. Although, I don't think it would stay down for long. A lot of places
overseas ...internet is not regulated. I'm sure people would be turning to those people. That might lead into a whole other can of worms. Treason
If it happens, SaturnFX...I will send you smoke signals and we shall string dixie cups together so we can talk. LOL
It is a very scary thing...