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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting 188

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alphadogg writes A Chinese electronics vendor accused of selling signal jammers to U.S. consumers could end up leading the market in one dubious measure: the largest fine ever imposed by the Federal Communications Commission. The agency wants to fine CTS Technology $34,912,500 for allegedly marketing 285 models of jammers over more than two years. CTS boldly—and falsely—claimed that some of its jammers were approved by the FCC, according to the agency's enforcement action released Thursday. Conveniently, CTS' product detail pages also include a button to "report suspicious activity." The proposed fine, which would be bigger than any the FCC has levied for anti-competitive behavior, or a wardrobe malfunction, comes from adding up the maximum fines for each model of jammer the company allegedly sold in the U.S. The agency also ordered CTS, based in Shenzhen, China, to stop marketing illegal jammers to U.S. consumers and identify the buyer of each jammer it sold in the U.S.
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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

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  • by Xenolith0 (808358) on Thursday June 19, 2014 @07:25PM (#47277433) Homepage
    http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/ [fcc.gov]

    To see others the FCC has gone after, check out their website. Some of them are really interest; such as:

    $49K for this guy: http://www.fcc.gov/document/48k-penalty-proposed-against-individual-cell-jammer-investigation-0 [fcc.gov]

    http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/2014/FCC-14-26A1.html [fcc.gov] Thiscompany got dinged 29K for operating a cell phone jammer in their warehouse.

  • by Wycliffe (116160) on Thursday June 19, 2014 @07:51PM (#47277637) Homepage

    What size of an area should you have the right to block all signals? Why should you not have the right to block all signals in a larger area?

    One example:
    A movie theatre or restaurant should have the right to block all cell phone signals on their premise with proper testing
    to make sure it stays within it's property lines and with proper signs stating that they do so.
    Currently this is illegal so they sometimes go out of their way to passively block it at a much greater expense or
    in some cases even require you to "check" your phone.

    Why shouldn't I be allowed to block cell phone signals inside my home?
    What if I want to test my home security system that relies on cell towers?
    I could think of plenty of other "fair use" reasons that buying and using a cell jammer should be legal.

  • by amxcoder (1466081) on Thursday June 19, 2014 @11:21PM (#47278789)

    Owning one should not be illegal. If the FCC wants to regulate usage, that's fine, unless you actually USE it, it's not transmitting anything, and thus shouldn't be banned.

    The same principle goes for amateur Radio equipment (HAM). I own several handheld transceivers, capable of transmitting in VHF/UHF even though I don't have a my HAM license yet (plan on it here one day when I have some free time). The equipment is not illegal for me to purchase or own just because I don't have a valid license. Only transmitting becomes illegal without a license. For instance, I can fire up my VHF/UHF and tune in an receive signals and listen to other 'Elmers' rag-chew all day long without a license. It isn't until the moment I "Press that PTT button" and 'key up' that it becomes illegal without a license.

    The FCC has powers to regulate EMF and radio transmissions and by extension, regulate people and electronics that ARE transmitting radio freqs...however, they don't have authority over the actual electronics (or people) that have not transmitted anything over radio freqs.

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