Ham radio repeaters are needed by ham radio operators to carry their signals a greater distance when they can't get a good bounce, which is quite frequently. The repeaters were put in decades ago and have served as a last line of emergency communication when all other systems fail. If california wants these repeaters gone, it is a clear sign something is up. The excuse of the bureaucracy is that it is an outdated tech that should be abandoned. However, it is perfectly obvious that it is NOT an outdated tech, and that the real reason is so the state can have a monopoly on communications and information when they cause TSHTF.
What do you do when you are planning to get hostile? Obviously you cut all communications you cannot easily control or monitor
Cell phones and internet are not a threat, because they can be censored easily. The big question is what big breakthrough did they have with cell phones and internet that ensures they can both be perfectly censored when needed? It probably has something to do with a Google AI.
The state has said the repeaters can remain IF the people who control them pay rent to the state for the land they are on, which will obviously be priced so high there's no option other than to shut it all down. They can't charge rent on public property where the repeaters have been so the base excuse for getting rid of the repeaters, which were not costing them anything anyway, is B.S. - this is a communications shutdown and nothing less.
Comments on Twitter pretty much sum it up:
"When they go after comm's it is the beginning."
HAM operators have been God send in natural disasters, by using their networks to keep info flowing.
Not wanting to be cynical ish, but in a governmental disaster, they could be deemed too effective, so by taking out repeaters, it's like Twitter/FB censoring....let that sink in.
Your 'rulers' literally remove life saving survival equipment right before they decide to put you in a do or die situation
Wow. The situation in California is starting to sound very scary...and fishy. Ham Radio is obviously still a benefit to those who use it. Almost like they don't want CA citizens to be able to communicate...
They start cutting off the power. Take away forms of communication. Sounds like things are getting a bit suspicious in the communist state of California.
It looks like California is going to be the staging grounds . . . .
My comment: Obviously something screwy is going on with this. Interesting it is that this came up right after a ban on a popular and inexpensive ($25) hand held HAM radio with a 30 mile range. I guess that was too good, What next? Ban CB radio?