I'm sure this will be up on the front page soon enough, but until then here's the latest RPS article: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/03/16/simcity-modder-tells-us-offline-regional-play-easily-done/
I don't think this can get much worse for EA/Maxis. Each time they spin a new PR damage mitigation speech, this modder proves they are lying. His latest findings show how incredibly easy it is to get regional play in an offline mode. Let's see if Bradshaw lies for a third time, or finally comes clean and admits this is simply DRM.