AT&T Users Prepare For Potential Service Outage Friday

By Aaron Bellows

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Just in case you have not heard of “Operation Chokehold” We felt we should keep our AT&T readers up to date.  This all started as an innocent post on FakeSteve.Net which is a blog of a person writing “The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs”. It is a very funny site whether you are an Apple fan or not.

An innocent post on December 14 has snowballed into what appears to be an attempted takedown of AT&T’s mobile network this Friday, December 18th at noon pacific time.

Subject: Operation Chokehold
On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. The idea is we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!

This satirical post seems to have touched on the nerves of thousands of AT&T users as they began to turn this post from fiction to fact. At this point there are FaceBook groups and it has been spreading through Twitter like wildfire. 

AT&T actually took the time to respond which shocks us, as it is rare for them to take time from counting their profits to acknowledge their network. Here is their reply posted at CultofMac.Com:

We understand that fakesteve.net is primarily a satirical forum, but there is nothing amusing about advocating that customers attempt to deliberately degrade service on a network that provides critical communications services for more than 80 million customers. We know that the vast majority of customers will see this action for what it is: an irresponsible and pointless scheme to draw attention to a blog.

Well AT&T I don’t think FakeSteve.Net is simply promoting their blog. They are putting all of AT&Ts excuses together in a nice little package. If AT&T has enough dissatisfied customers to disrupt their network AT&T may want to reevaluate its network and back-off its now comical battle against Verizon Wireless.

We are not choosing sides in what you should do on Friday. We feel that if enough people participate AT&T is going to have major problems in that hour and potentially much longer. If you are an AT&T subscriber just be prepared for potential service disruption or be ready to do something data intensive.