Contrary to initial reports from The Associated Press and elsewhere, law enforcement did not shut down the system to prevent another detonation by wireless device. The AP later retracted that claim.Like everyone else, I heard several times that the cell phone network in Boston was being shut down, for fear that a bomb could be detonated by cell phone. That people should minimize calls on the network, using text if necessary.
Now it seems this wasn't true at all.
Look, people need these networks in an emergency like this. False reporting on its status is a serious, serious error.
If they're going to put us all on cell phones, cell phone companies have a public obligation to meet this need, Even more, journalists have an obligation to accurately report on its status.
Otherwise telecommunications is going backwards just when we need it the most.