How hard would it be to "shut down" the internet in the US?

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jimlynch
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Here's an article that explores the possibility.

Could the U.S. shut down the internet?
http://articles.cnn.com/2011-02-03/tech/internet.shut.down_1_global-inte...

"It seemed so easy for Egypt. Just order a shutdown of the country's internet connections and -- bam -- it happens.

But is such an authoritarian action transferable? Could the U.S. government shut down American internet connections? And is it possible for the global internet to be toppled?

Technically, yes, internet experts said Wednesday, shortly after Egypt's government restored internet connections there as violent political protests continued. But it's highly unlikely.

"Could you break the internet? Yeah. Can you shut it down? No. Shutting down the entire internet would be pretty much impossible at this point," said Jim Cowie, co-founder of Renesys, an worldwide internet tracker."

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