Did you know the government has a secret emergency protocol for initiating citywide shutdowns of cell phone networks? It's called Standard Operating Procedure or "SOP" 303, and as CDT and its allies explained in a filing to the FCC yesterday, it's flatly unconstitutional.
Yesterday, CDT, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge and other allied groups filed our second round of comments responding to the FCC's inquiry into wireless service interruptions. In our first round of comments we outlined the serious First Amendment problems posed by government shutdowns of wireless networks and urged the FCC to clearly regulate against the practice. Our reply comments address a variety of issues, summarized here, but one key goal was to put the spotlight on SOP 303, which several other comments filed with the FCC—including from cell phone carriers—endorsed as a reasonable procedure.
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