At any moment, given a determination of national security advisers; perhaps all telecommunications currently routed over the internet may be shut down. Not by a catastrophe, but by a fearful or maniacal few.
As we learned on Sept 11th, 2001; when a relatively small percent of us were traveling via commercial and charter aircraft, these disruptions have a much greater impact than we have the mental creativity to fathom.
Just as the Y2K preppers once planned for a date-certain, a growing group of global citizens are now planning backups.
Let's face it. We are now greatly dependent on the internet. If it gets shut off even for a day or two, panic will set in, and we won't even have the ability to call the cops if we need them.
Several articles have been written about this matter. I suggest readers check out this recent bit of news: The U.S. Government Has An Internet Kill Switch - And It's None Of Your Business
"What we do with the information we do have is up to each of us as individuals. We can sit back and watch the United States further devolve into a militarized police and surveillance state — or we can spread this information, get involved locally, and create new systems outside of the current paradigm of control and exploitation."