Friday, June 20, 2014

wonder if the check will bounce?

From Tom Taylor’s Radio NOW...

• FCC jams a Chinese company with an all-time record Commission fine of $34.9 million. 

C.T.S. Technology got away with selling signal jammers online for more than two years – until they sold “ten high-power signal jammers to undercover FCC personnel.” Acting Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc says jammers “present a direct danger to public safety, potentially blocking the communications of first responders.” Not only that, “operating a jammer is illegal, and consumers who do so face significant civil and criminal penalties.” C.T.S. claimed on its website that its devices are FCC-approved – which is something like saying the SEC approves of insider trading. The devices can block a wide range of transmissions, including cellphones, GPS, Wi-Fi and first-responder communications. Only law enforcement personnel, in “very limited circumstances,” are allowed to employ them. Read about the $34,912,500 fine, the largest in the agency’s history, here. This stuff is definitely out there in the real world. The April 30 NOW Newsletter had the story about a Tampa Bay resident who was busted by the local sheriff’s office and the FCC. He was using the gadget even as police approached his vehicle, and he was fined $48,000.

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