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01/09/2011

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I come to this item a little late. There have long been procedures in place to block telecommunications in an emergency, whether land line or, later, mobile telephony. However, the purpose was not, as such, to prevent communications but to ensure that there were sufficient lines free so the emergency services could communicate to deal with the event. It existed to allocate a scarce resource, not to censor.

(One feature of the landline system was that public telephone boxes did not get cut off : the protocols must have been common internationally, because I remember somer reference after the World Trade Centre atrocity to the public telephones still working).

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