That many people do not understand is they can not shut down the Internet.
They can shut down IPs service providers to the public.
But the national electric grid runs over the Internet. people will DIE if that part of the internet was shut down. Shut down this part and the lights
Also most hospitals that use electronic records are also over the internet.
People would DIE if that part of the Internet was shut down.
State agencies are connected over the Internet on dedicated lines.
DMV, social security, welfare departments, police departments all are connected to the internet.
The federal government is run over the internet.
Maybe someone on this site that works for a major service provider that handles government services can explain how the government can tell what
connections are critical and can not be shut down and what are JOE blow on a home computer.
And how would the government shut down the public without shutting down any critical services.
once that part is identified there may be a way to reconnect for some of the public by way of there workplace.
the only other way to connect would be for people close to the border that could use phone connections to call dial up providers in other countries
and connect that way.
and i know of ham radio operators that have connected with modems to there computers and sent photos and videos along with data.
they could link to hams in other countries to get news and other information into and out of the US.
Before the internet we had a system that some of us "phone phreaks" used to set up a site that we could all call and talk.
The same kind of system could be used as a dial up computer link.
someone out there still in the "H/P culture" might know how that could be used.
but phone line "bridge" connections could be used across the US to form a underground internet.
[edit on 19-6-2010 by ANNED]