For the record, I am reposting my Aug 23, 2011 Google+ posting where a telecom lawyer took time to explain the legal problems of BART shutting down cell services.
A link to Aug 28, 2011, Washington Post, “Public safety, technology and the First Amendment collide in San Francisco’s subway“. KGO News Talk, AM 810, “Commuter Beware: Another Protest Scheduled for Monday in SF“.
“Insightful stuff from a telecom lawyer explaining the legal problems of BART shutting down cell services. In the article, proper Telecom act references (sections 332(c), 202, 214(a), 216, … ) and court cases refs are provided. Serious fun stuff indeed, Forget The First Amendment, BART Messed With The Phone System. Violated CA and Federal Law. [HT +Dan Gillmor ] A nice followup to +Sarah Hill’s G+ Hangout with Mike McKean, +Laurent Jean Philippe Ravalec +Colin Hill +Kim Beasley and +Kempton Lam
Ref: KOMU-TV “Should Government Be Able to Control Access to Your Cell Phone?“”