Spotlight: FCC takes action against cell phone jamming


The Federal Communications Commission has issued a consumer alert to let everyone know that cell phone jammers are illegal. According to FCC spokesman Neil Grace, it's illegal to own, operate, sell, advertise or import cell phone jammers in the United States. Jammers are devices that block cell phone use within a specific radius. These devices have started to become more widespread, and are sometimes used in restaurants, theaters and by commuters who want a quiet spot on the bus. However, they are unlicensed, illegal radio transmitters and they interfere with emergency services. While some businesses operate such devices, many more are adversely affected by the interference with communications. Grace said that the FCC has already begun enforcement action against these devices with fines that can be over $100,000 per incident. Click here to see the FCC alert.