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Hey! Who Said You Could Turn Off That Cell Phone Tower?!

Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one concerned with the fact that our dependency on electronic computerized products is so extreme that America could pretty much be taken down if we all lost our wireless connection. It’s more than a little ridiculous. For every advantage there’s a disadvantage. The good and evil balance remains in tact. Take for example the fact that social media has radically changed how we do life (around the world!). While on the one hand it’s insane to accept how quickly protest and whatnot  can be orchestrated online via cell phones with a single finger press practically. But just as easy as it is to start something up, effective shut downs are right around the corner.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Transit officials said Friday they blocked cell phone reception in San Francisco stations for three hours to disrupt a planned demonstrations over a police shooting.

Officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, better known as BART, said they turned off the electricity to cell phone 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 platforms.

“A civil disturbance during commute times at busy downtown San Francisco stations could lead to platform overcrowding and unsafe conditions for BART customers, employees and demonstrators,” BART officials said in a prepared statement.

The statement noted that it’s illegal to demonstrate on the platform or aboard the trains. BART said it has set aside special areas for demonstrations.

Protest averted. Just like that.

Of course the ACLU is up in arms, shutting down mobile phones is wrong. Well they wanted to make the commute safe. And it was.



About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.


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