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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Transit officials said Friday that they blocked cellphone reception in San Francisco train stations for three hours to disrupt planned demonstrations over a police shooting.
Officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, better known as BART, said they turned off electricity to cellular towers in four stations from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The move was made after BART learned that protesters planned to use mobile devices to coordinate a demonstration on train platformsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Transit officials said Friday that they blocked cellphone reception in Sa
Originally posted by hypr2011
yea, true, in Toronto cell phones simply don't work in the subways underground. Most likely since the signals can't reach but that is a danger in itself.edit on 13-8-2011 by hypr2011 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by zooplancton
this is an outrage. what if a member of someone's family needed medical attention and was trying to reach someone in that block out zone. total BS... especially in such a progressive city.
how is that even legal?
Originally posted by alfa1
But for all those people outraged, remember that BART have no obligation to provide such a phone service on their system in the first place. Much like a wifi at McDonalds, or a private individual leaving his wireless router open for th public to use.
If they switch off their own property, what gives you the right to be outraged?
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Originally posted by mustangill
reply to post by jude11
I agree with you 100%
This is something that we will see all over the USA from now on I would imagine. What are they basing this on? What law are they using to justify there actions?