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BART Adopts Cell Shut-Down Rules, FCC Investigates

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Dec 3, 2011, 10:21 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) agency has approved a set of guidelines which will be used to determine whether or not to shut off cellular services along its routes. The shut down would occur "only in the most extraordinary circumstances that threaten the safety of District passengers, employees and other members of the public, the destruction of District property, or the substantial disruption of public transit service." The guidelines are being adopted in the wake of a service shut down that occurred in August when the BART attempted to disrupt a planned protest. The federal government, however, is going to examine the BART's guidelines. "For interruption of communications service to be permissible or advisable, it must clear a high substantive and procedural bar," wrote Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski. "The legal and policy issues raised by the type of wireless service interruption at issue here are significant and complex. I have asked Commission staff to review these critical issues and consider the constraints that the Communications Act, First Amendment, and other laws and policies place upon potential service interruptions. We will soon announce an open, public process to provide guidance on these issues."

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Dec 5, 2011, 9:06 AM


This is utter BS... Cell phones have been used and not until there some type of protest do they disrupt cell phone usage... I was there at the BART district in August... -.-
There is no law that states that transit agencies are required to provide cell phone service at stations and/or in tunnels along service routes. BART does it only as courtesy and convenience to riders. As such, it can choose to take away that courtesy...
Just as happened in Egypt,when the masses find new means to organize, the power structure finds a way to just push a button and turn everything off... Remember the "Free Speech Zones"???
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