Internet Restored in Egypt

Breaking: The Next Web is reporting that Internet service has been restored in the troubled land of Egypt.

It's still unclear if the major service providers decided to enable the service, or if the government had requested it.

Twitter lit up with Egyptians stating that they are once again connected to the outside world, and it's unclear if the government bowed to pressure or enabled the service to allow the military to call on the protesters to return to their homes via loudspeakers and mobile messages, fueling the theory that the service was restored to get people to go back to their homes.

Not only has the Internet service been restored, but mobile and Blackberry services are also shown to be working again.

Twitter itself still appears to be blocked, forcing users to bypass governmental control by using proxy services to communicate with the social connector service.

Update: According to Sir Ali, an Egyptian Neowin member, Twitter and other social media services are no longer blocked. You can follow the discussion here on Twitter.

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I'ts good that the internet is back and that you are still alive also, i can only imagine what it must be like all the protesting and no internet/phone.. as long as the people get what they want that what matters.

ShiFteDReaLitY said,
I'ts good that the internet is back and that you are still alive also, i can only imagine what it must be like all the protesting and no internet/phone...

Don't forget having to protect your house from looters by staying outside from mid night till sun rise as if we were in the stone age.

rICoShoCks said,
I'm from Egypt .. YES INTERNET IS BACK .. most important .. I"M STILL ALIVE

I didn't realize we had so many Egyptian readers. Very cool!

Pretty sure that this is another step for Mubarak to maintain his power by being approachable, much like his recent speech to the million of demonstrants. This of course doesn't change his politics though. I hope the Egyptians won't fall for these tricks, or this will end up having to repeat itself later.

It thankfully doesn't seem like it though, since the protests continue.

Came to their senses that No Internet got people off their computers and onto the streets. Well nice try but it is too late, overthrow in 3... 2... 1...

Simon- said,
Came to their senses that No Internet got people off their computers and onto the streets. Well nice try but it is too late, overthrow in 3... 2... 1...
It would be nice to think that people aren't that addicted to the internet.

Mike Brown said,
It would be nice to think that people aren't that addicted to the internet.
Well it's not that they are addicted to the internet, it's the principal of it being taken away from them. If it really was addiction, the protests would stop and they would go back to their computers, which I don't think is going to happen right away.

Simon- said,
Well it's not that they are addicted to the internet, it's the principal of it being taken away from them. If it really was addiction, the protests would stop and they would go back to their computers, which I don't think is going to happen right away.

Actually what you said doesn't make sense (no offense,) the whole protest thing was organized on social networks (like facebook.) So, they actually relied on the Internet to go onto the streets.