It’s probably just my freedom-denying, government-loving, wet blanket liberalism talking, but this is bullshit:
“The laws of physics are at work here. People naturally, when they see a situation like this will get on the phone and make heavy volumes of calls, and there can be congestion, and that’s what we’re experiencing here,” said Mark Siegel, AT&T’s executive director of media relations.
We have no idea what kind of excess capacity the wireless carriers have, we don’t know if they test their networks regularly to check whether they meet their capacity standards, we don’t know exactly how many calls were dropped yesterday, and we don’t know if those carriers are going to change anything based on yesterday’s experience of a surge of call volume on their undamaged networks. All we know is that yesterday proved once again that the device that we have in our hands on the day a disaster strikes — a device that is the only form of communication for a hell of a lot of people — almost certainly won’t work during a disaster. And we’ve convinced ourselves that regulating that device and the enormously profitable oligopoly that runs it would make Adam Smith’s ghost cry salty tears.
Update: Also, too: you won’t be able to text 911 for “five to ten years”.