FCC soliciting comment on how and where wireless telecomservices should be disrupted intentionally
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wb4jfi at knology.net
Mon Mar 5 14:55:58 CST 2012
There is quite a bru-ha-ha stirred up down here in Charleston from time to
time about jamming cell phones at prisons. It seems like a good idea at
first, since the prisoners seem to have no trouble at all in getting cell
phones and conducting gang business from their cells. (HA! another meaning
of "cell phone"!). But, the prison authority seems to have a rather
difficult (impossible) time getting permission to run the jammers from the
FCC, or other federal agencies, and are unwilling to move forward without
So, this is one case where the current administration is helping private
enterprises conduct their growing businesses.
From: Robert Stratton
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 3:47 PM
To: Mark Whittington
Cc: tacos at amrad.org
Subject: Re: FCC soliciting comment on how and where wireless
telecomservices should be disrupted intentionally
That's exactly right, but I think if you're in a tunnel, the effect is the
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.
----- 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 >
> 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:
> --Bob S.
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