Skip to comments.What do we do if OUR Government shuts down the internet?
Posted on 01/28/2011 9:33:26 PM PST by jongaltsr
Seeing what has happened in Egypt and their ability to quickly shut down the internet got me to thinking about the possibility that at some time in the future OUR Government may try the same with us.
Therefor I thought that to prepare for such an event should be planned by us (the citizens who would most likely to be effected as well as the people most likely to need alternatives to internet connections to stay in communications and keep upraised of events not being reported accurately (and intentionally).
We would have to depend upon our telephones but that can readily shut down by a government that is willing to cut off internet access.
TV and certain radio stations would be all that we could rely upon in such an event. I would imagine that some (Right Wing)-(other than the acceptable liberal radio stations) would be shut down (or can they?)
Can you (My fellow FR conspirators) think of methodologies of maintaining connections to information which can not easily be cut off by our government agencies?
In some countries, people have taken over Radio and Television stations but that requires physically attacking and provoking Police & Military action at some point.
Put on your thinking caps and lets see if there are any of you out there that can devise a plan of action for such an event.
My one thought (so far) is that the government might not shut down the telephone system immediately because that would directly affect so many people that that act in itself would be more devastating to citizens than would the loss of the internet. Therefor a "Tweet" link could be our own second line of information. I'm not sure if the "Tweet" system involves the internet in any way. Is it independent of computer technology and strictly Phone System dependant?
Since I don't "tweet", I just don't know the answer to that question.
Can you devise other ideas? and let us share your ideas "Just in Case !"
Do the math. 3% of 300 million.
All technology can be taken away. Shut down the state capitals that support it. And shut down DC. Show up in force. We surround them.
When the first amendment is taken away we have the second to back it up.
“So you and the far left can KMA”
Don’t EVER associate me with the far left, near left, or anything left of far right field :P
Now put your filthy KMA back in the toilet.
Amateurs radio operators have been practicing for just such an event for decades.
“And the people would call for the immediate resignation of the president, the vice president and the rest of his cabinet.”
At the very least. Interesting that in Egypt, the government shut down their internet to (try to) diffuse the riots. Here, if the government shut down out internet, it would trigger riots.
Know morse well, but not wig-wag.
One thing about few people knowing morse is that gives some obscurity to the mode. It can be machine decoded if the fist is good, but human ears and hand on the keyer varries.
In the worst conditions, the presence or absense of a signal will go through when all else fails. Especially on low power.
There are still many good CW ops. Most not in US. Russians have many, you would expect that. Most really good CW ops in the US were X-mil. I knew one in OK that could do 60-70 WPM in his head. But he ran a mil for years copying 5 letter code groups. Made it automatic. (he is gone now, silent key)
On a serious note, off topic, if you have any hearing at all, get your chart from your last hearing test and get a DSP filter that you can set to match your hearing cut-off or notch frequencies.
I'm H3 as far as the federal gooberment is concerned, and I really don't hear (or listen) well. But with a good DSP filter (I use a Timewave(tm)), I can pick out morse without a problem.
I meant to say our internet (not out internet) :-)
Without Internet, Egyptians find new ways to get online
First, if the government shuts down the internet, bad things will happen quickly.
In the US, we use the internet to monitor home medical devices, to keep critical infrastructure systems (traffic, transportation, fire, police, phone service, emergency, etc) up and running, as part of VOIP, as part of security systems, and so on. It’s a critical part of commerce and banking, too.
Take all of that away, and people are going to suffer and die in no time flat.
Now, what will we “do” about it? If you have satellite phone (like Iridium), a dial-up modem, maybe Hughes Net, live near the border, or own a smart phones, you should be able to get online in one way or the other. That’s what is happening in Egypt right now. They have a much more centralized internet provider system than we do, and even they can’t stop everything.
Some of those - dial up modems, smart phones and satellite phones, would be hard to disable without crippling the government itself. But if they managed to do it, you’ve still got more ham radio operators than you could count to broadcast information.
I can talk 7,000 miles away on a home made vertical antenna. I did it yesterday. DX is there, just intermittently. Communication with CONUS is easy, even in less than desirable conditions. Where did you want to talk to?
BTW, the keyboard you just typed on, the concept is older than 110 years...
Better to replace a government that thinks they can enforce that kind of crap.
Khmer Rouge don't play well around here. We're armed. Take your utopia of mid 1980s down the road.
I love the way people act like texting is a new concept.
Propogation depends on band. Even during sunspot minimum there is a lot of useable spectrum.
I know all this talk is silly, but we do have some serious house cleaning due in DC.
The Elitists think it is dying down, but they are mistaken. They have only seen the first stage of what is coming for the slimes.
Domestic Traitors and foreign enemies will see the wrath of We the People.
“Without Internet, Egyptians find new ways to get online”
I well remember dialing into BBs prior to the internet, but few had more then a handfull of lines.
As for ham radio, they could shut that down, just as they did in WW2, but if it comes to that, we will be in full revolution by then.
You know. A serious solar maximum. I only have 3 left (if that).
BTW, Twiddlers aren't older than 110 years. So go easy on my newbie keyboarding option.
Kiss alot of tax money goodbye for one thing. Business will grind to a halt without internet.
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