Bill Gates was interviewed by US TV anchor Katie Couric, and when he was asked if he was surprised that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak could take action in killing the entire Egyptian internet he replied with ‘no’.
“It’s not that hard to shut the Internet down if you have military power where you can tell people that’s what’s going to happen,” said Gates. “Whenever you do something extraordinary like that you’re sort of showing people you’re afraid of the truth getting out, so it’s a very difficult tactic, but certainly it can be shut off.”
Internet traffic analysis from Renesys tracking this black out has detailed the situation over here.
Every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world. Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and all their customers and partners are, for the moment, off the air.
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