What Shutting Down The Internet Costs

by Patrick Appel

Parmy Olson totals Egypt's bill. She looks beyond the immediate economic impact:

Foreign companies will hardly be falling over themselves to invest in a telecommunications infrastructure that could be shut down at a moment’s notice. Vodafone, for one, is already getting flak for caving into pressure to send pro-government text messages during the last few days of mass demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak.