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Government & Politics
10:01 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Legislature Approves Bill Requiring Court Order to Shut Down Cell Phone Service

The California Senate debates the cell phone bill on Monday.
Ben Adley Capital Public Radio

The California legislature has passed a bill that would ban interruptions to cell phone or wireless service without a court order. The measure comes in response to a controversy last year involving transit officials in San Francisco.

Last year, protesters at a Bay Area Rapid Transit subway station in downtown San Francisco discovered they suddenly didn’t have any cell phone service. BART officials concerned about the protest had cut it off. That move sparked wider protests – and it also prompted a bill from Democratic State Senator Alex Padilla.

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