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06/10/2010

Wireless signals may be jammed during summits

Wireless companies say they’ve been told their signals may be jammed during the G8 and G20 summits, but aren’t being given any more information about how thousands of cellphone users could be affected. Wireless industry sources told the Canadian Press that the jamming technology is expected only to be used to create a moving bubble of electronic silence around motorcades.

That means you won't be able to call your mom to tell her Obama just drove by.

“No one will be informed of locations and times for security reasons,” said one wireless industry source.

The Integrated Security Unit responsible for the summits wouldn’t comment on security plans.

“We use a lot of different techniques in ensuring security to deal with possible threats and we never share those techniques, we don’t make them public,” said Sgt. Leo Monbourquette, a spokesman for the ISU.

- With files from the Canadian Press

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