New BART policy on cellphone shutdowns [telecom]

SF Gate reported, "BART directors, slammed with criticism over the transit system's decision to shut down underground wireless service to stop a demonstration, agreed Wednesday (8/24/11) they should limit use of that tactic to extreme situations in which public safety is endangered."

The ACLU acknowledged that a cellphone shutdown may be necessary, but "only in extreme circumstances such as a hostage situation or a bomb that could be detonated by a cell phone."

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Another SF Gate article reports that BART passengers have lost patience with the protesters.

The San Francisco Examiner reports that the protest group, "Anonymous", was not satisfied with BART's new policy. "Anonymous said it would protest until BART fires spokesman Linton Johnson and police chief Kenton Rainey, apologizes for shutting down cellphone service and opens a new investigation into the July 3 shooting of Charles Hill by BART officers. Members affiliated with Anonymous posted a lewd photo of Johnson online on Wednesday."

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