"As anti-government protesters planned a day of massive
demonstrations in cities throughout Egypt on Friday, state
authorities took dramatic steps that effectively shut down the
Internet and wireless communications networks in that country.
"The government prevailed on the nation's communications
providers to shut down service in an apparent attempt to disrupt
the protesters, who had been using mobile devices, SMS messages and
social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to coordinate their
"Around 12:30 a.m. local time, organizations that monitor global
network activity observed nearly all major Egyptian service
providers close off traffic routes to their networks, effectively
taking the country off the global grid."