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BART set to prohibit cell phone blackouts in stations

Posted on December 1, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — The Bay Area Rapid Transit District is set to approve a new policy that would prohibit blackouts of cell phone use in stations, except in the event of "extraordinary" threats, the Contra Costa Times reported.

The transit agency came under fire by free speech advocates after it interrupted cell phone service during an Aug. 11 blackout in an attempt to thwart a planned protest related to transit police shootings.

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