On Sat, 25 Jun 2005 21:05:50 GMT, Bruce L. Bergman
>> The operation of transmitters designed to jam or block wireless
>> communications is a violation of the Communications Act of 1934,
>> as amended ("Act"). See 47 U.S.C. Sections 301, 302a, 333. The Act
>> prohibits any person from willfully or maliciously interfering with
>> the radio communications of any station licensed or authorized under
>> the Act or operated by the U.S. government. 47 U.S.C. Section 333.
>> The manufacture, importation, sale or offer for sale, including
>> advertising, of devices designed to block or jam wireless
>> transmissions is prohibited. 47 U.S.C. Section 302a(b). Parties in
>> violation of these provisions may be subject to the penalties set
>> out in 47 U.S.C. Sections 501-510. Fines for a first offense can
>> range as high as $11,000 for each violation or imprisonment for up
>> to one year, and the device used may also be seized and forfeited
>> to the U.S. government.
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Don't miunderstand me here. I basically agree with your position.
But didn't the more recent communications act render the
Communications Act of 1934 obsolete? I don't think that cell phone
technology was considered when it was written, either.
I do think that perhaps use of such jamming devices (if properly
designed) might be useful in prisons where there is a problem with
contraband cell phones running being used for drug deals and other
problematic things. Of course, we'd have to address the issues and
how to correctly make it legal for use (so that situations like you've
described can be avoided).