February 21, 2005
Uncontrolled crime wave!
Federal crime seems to be going mainstream. Illegal cell phone jammers are selling like hotcakes:
Unsuspecting cellphone users may find themselves saying that more often now that cellphone jammers — illegal gizmos that interfere with signals and cut off reception — are selling like hotcakes on the streets of New York.
I guess if everyone's doing it, it ought not to matter that according to the FCC, it's a federal crime:
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.Returning to the New York Post, there hasn't been one jamming-related prosecution:
"This is not a crime that they're going after," said Rob Bernstein, deputy editor at New York City-based Sync magazine.
One local purchaser bought a portable jammer last year, and said he likes using it at Roosevelt Field mall on Long Island.While there's little that can be done about a busybody in a shopping center, hotels are fixed places of operation, and they'd be vulnerable to lawsuits.
(Personally, I'm not interested in blocking other people's calls, but if you want to get in on the crime wave, you can get a cell phone jammer here.)
UPDATE: The outlet above also sells a portable jammer which looks like a cell phone.
posted by Eric on 02.21.05 at 07:46 AM
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