Phone jamming device attracts FCC sanctions

A web-based electronics retailer has been assessed a penalty of $25,000 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for marketing illegal cell phone jamming equipment.

According to a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture issued on April 20th, the Commission cited for willful and repeated violations of regulations banning the marketing within the United States of radio frequency devices designed to intentionally interfere with licensed cellular and PCS (Personal Communications Services) operations.

Phonejammer first received a citation from the Commission in May 2008, based on a review of the company’s website by FCC investigators.  The citation ordered the company to cease its efforts to market illegal phone jamming devices in the United States, and warned of possible monetary forfeitures for failing to comply with the terms of the citation.

Then, as a result of interference complaints in late 2009 directly connected with equipment sold by Phonejammer, the Commission initiated an investigation against the company.  Phonejammer denied the Commission’s charges but, surprisingly, failed to attest to the truth and accuracy of the information contained in its Response to the Commission, even under the threat of penalty for perjury.

The Commission’s current decision to levy financial penalties against the company stem from a March 2010 interference complaint in Florida, which led to equipment directly connected with Phonejammer.

View the complete text of the Commission’s action against