For the first time in the 20 month conflict, reports confirm that the government under President al-Assad has shut down internet access across Syria, along with cellular telephone capabilities in some regions. At first state television claimed the outage was limited to certain areas, now a US based network security firm says: "In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet," This tactic seen in Egypt previously is meant to disrupt organized attacks by rebel forces but is obviously having an impact on the civilian populations as well. Blocking access to information and communication is widely accepted as a complete outrage. It is not hard to imagine these developments coming after the recent advancements the rebels have made in Syria. If rebel victories over government military institutions continues what will be the next step for al-Assad? It is clear the Syrian government is not afraid to target civilian communities in attempt to stop the opposition.