As the mob descended on the US Capitol complex yesterday, did law enforcement jam cell signals to thwart communication? No, the networks were probably just overwhelmed. Here’s why.
By Sascha Segan | PCMag.com | January 7, 2021
The riot in Washington, D.C. yesterday made clear the limits of 4G technology, and led to a few relatively reasonable conspiracy theories. As mobs stormed the US Capitol, plenty of people nearby reported their phones having no signal or non-functional connections.
The cops’ phones all keep working because they’re on a special part of the AT&T network called FirstNet, which gives priority to first responders. Heavy FirstNet usage would slightly reduce civilian device capacity at that location, though, because FirstNet comes first.
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