I would not really be affected by the Internet going down. I have all the equipment here to set up a Wireless LAN that can reach a range of one mile
without near/far field interference. That said, I got about seven computers and I have been data harvesting since 1998. I could basically run my own
internet, I even have my own Intranet Youtube, I download Youtube videos aswell (13,000 so far) as harvesting FBI/NSA/CIA/Mi5/MOD (military in
general) documents, I have enough music that the playlist would probably play constantly for ten years without repeating a song and enough photographs
to last maybe 50 years as a slide show. I have hundreds of gigabytes of software and games (dating from 1990+ in all platforms as emulations), I have
a radio scanner, walkie talkies, the ability to send images via shortwave radio, I have a cardboard box filled with LAN hubs, WAN hubs, tons of
coaxial cables, various telephony equipment and circuit boards.
I have a lot of stuff I cant explain how much, but its not all brand new equipment. I still have computers from the early 90s, old yellow monitors lol
(previously white in color, stained due to nicotine).
Its actually very highly possible that I could run my own WiFi Intranet with roughly 3-4 Terabytes of information for users to download, browse, watch
videos on my very own Youtube style local intranet webpage, listen to music etc. Of course this would be illegal without proper licensing, but this is
all hypothetical assuming that you are talking about WWIII and the closure of the Internet. I would only assume real Police officers (Patriotic) would
help everyone getting setup with some sort of communications.
If it happened right now (which it wont)
, I would "set up shop", once I have my WiFi LAN prepared and Intranet developed, I would then gather
as many WiFi Antennas with a range no less than 0.5 miles (I have a 1 mile now), such as the YAGI +19dBi antenna (1mile). I would then point them
toward housing locations where the people are. I would then go to those people and try and find out if any local hackers are wanting to start up an
intranet (bridge). You could then easily get as many houses as you wanted all connecting to my WiFi Network (I got switches etc).
That way, its a like a "local Internet". If in this (fictional) future this were to happen. It would not be long until my entire country would be
interconnected in the exact setup as mine. Then connect all those networks nationally and the entire country has its own self sustaining "free
speech" + "free access" Internet.
My advice for those wanting to prepare. Study the history of computers, computer and network security, telephony, radio operating and in the mean
time; download a copy of Back|Track (UNIX/Linux OS)
Prepare yourselves if you think it will happen, and for those that will think it will not happen; prepare anyway.
[edit on 19/12/2009 by the_denv]