FCC soliciting comment on how and where wireless telecom services should be disrupted intentionally

Robert Stratton bob at stratton.net
Mon Mar 5 14:47:33 CST 2012

That's exactly right, but I think if you're in a tunnel, the effect is the same. 

One of the reasons it may behoove us to chime in is that more than a few localities and private businesses seem to be taking a cavalier attitude toward the operation of jamming devices. It might be a good opportunity to remind people that the spectrum is busy enough without opening any doors for cheaply-constructed transmitters modulated with noise. 

--Bob S.

----- Original Message -----
> The interesting thing is that they didn't "turn off" mobile phone
> service. They just turned off the convenience repeaters that they
> had installed.
> Doesn't make it any more right, but might be an important point. Are
> they obligated to run the repeaters? Should they be?
> On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 3:26 PM, Robert Stratton < bob at stratton.net >
> wrote:
> After the Bay Area Rapid Transit folks pre-emptively shut off mobile
> phone service in anticipation of unrest, and without a Federal
> order, the FCC wants to hear opinions on the legality of that.
> They're asking who (localities?, Federal agencies?, etc.) should be
> able to, and when it is appropriate to, turn off things like mobile
> telephone service.
> They seem primarily focused on the Commercial Mobile Radio Service.
> Given some of the work already done by folks on this list on
> rapidly-deployable communications platforms, I thought some of you
> might have opinions on this.
> The Public Notice is here:
> http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=6017022424
> --
> --Bob S.
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