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In San Francsico, The FCC Is Watching

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 15 2011

Federal Communications Commission spokesperson Neil Grace just sent along this statement about the developing situation in San Francisco, where the public transit authority, BART, has staked a claim on the right to shut down mobile phone service on its property and asserted that when it comes to train platforms, "there is no right to free speech there:"

"Any time communications services are interrupted, we seek to assess the situation. We are continuing to collect information about BART’s actions and will be taking steps to hear from stakeholders about the important issues those actions raised, including protecting public safety and ensuring the availability of communications networks."

On Thursday, hoping to get the drop on activists who had planned to occupy a train platform to protest a recent fatal shooting by BART police, BART shut down cellphone service to passengers — reportedly including 911 service. Hackers claiming affiliation with the Internet group Anonymous compromised a BART website and released user data in retaliation, an an in-person protest is scheduled for later today.