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Internet, Telecom Networks Shut Down in Egypt

Jan 28, 2011, 17:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Corbin)

"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 activities.

"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."

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