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Broadcasts to come to complete halt in new test


Lou Marzeles


This just in: all broadcasting, communications, and power in the U.S. will be cut by the federal government next Wednesday.

Sounding like the plot from The Day the Earth Stood Still, this message is going around the internet with typical dizzying speed. But unlike many weird claims, this one actually happens to have some truth to it.

At 11 a.m. Pacific time next Wednesday, Nov. 9, all broadcasting in the United States—and that includes all over-the-air broadcast stations, satellite and digital radio and television, cable television, and wireless video providers—will have their programming interrupted for about three minutes while the Federal Emergency Management Ag...

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