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How hard is it, exactly, to kill the Internet? Egypt seems to have been able to do it. But Egypt's situation isn't exactly the same as that in the Western world. And even though Egypt only has four big ISPs, the fact that everything went down after midnight local time suggests that it took considerable effort to accomplish the 'Net shut-off.
Cables and routing:
But back to the "how," and "would this also work in a Western democracy?"
Could this happen elsewhere?
Like in Egypt, in Europe....
Yes. BBS's are better than nothing. Additionally, we might be able to contact other nations. Apparently net zero and other dial up providers are still around....though they would likely be shut down also.
Originally posted by S1LV3R4D0
reply to post by sonofliberty1776
And who exactly would you "dialup" to?
Or are you referring to the old school bbs' we used to use before the days of the internet.
Originally posted by blackcube
Someone point out in the TV that shutdown the TV, internet and others telecom services really backfired at the end because more people have gone to the street.edit on 28/1/11 by blackcube because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by pikestaff
All that is needed to shut down the internet is a government agent with a fairly hefty axe just think about how easy it would be for an axe to cut threw optical cables, or a pipe cutter, or a blowtorch, blasting cable.
We'd pick up our smartphones and start Tweeting and Facebook updating with a vengeance. We'd set up small Wifi and bluetooth networks, and then begin to spiderweb those together without the need for a backbone. We'd call relatives in other nations, if nothing else, and feed them updates and receive relevant information.
But the reality is that the Internet is our drug. It keeps up indoors, inactive, and distracted. In the event of some kind of insurrection or civil situation turning that off would be the last thing the government would do. Turning off the Internet would wake the masses.... And they'd be pissed.
So kids, don't worry, as Rome burns, and Nero fiddles... you will most certainly be able to watch it all on streaming video while playing online Texas Hold'em.