Boston rumors aside, cell service can be halted

“For the most part, there is no good reason to do it,” said Parker Higgins, an activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Higgins’s objection is twofold — it may be unconstitutional and, also, it can easily disrupt rescue efforts and increase public anxiety. Even with overloaded circuits, cellphones were crucial on Monday to summoning emergency workers and allowing people near the blasts to tell relatives and friends they were OK. Phones, Higgins said, are “terribly important as calming devices” that can lower the public’s panic level.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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