U.S. FCC Orders Residents to Disconnect Security Camera Causing Harmful Interference

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a formal warning against two people in California to cease the operation of their outdoor residential security cameras that have been identified as the source of interference to local mobile services.

Issued in late October, the Commission’s Citation and Order stems from a formal complaint filed with the Commission last year by AT&T, stating that emissions from security cameras located at the residence of Marc Blackburn and Kristin Kumamoto of Los Angeles were causing interference with an LTE cell site nearby. A subsequent on-site investigation by an agent from the FCC’s Los Angeles Field Office confirmed the facts of the complaint, leading to the issuance of a Warning of Harmful Interference against Blackburn and Kumamoto. However, a subsequent promise by Blackburn to contact the FCC to make an appointment for on-scene assistance never materialized, and evidence of continuing interference was identified either by the Commission or by AT&T as recently as September of this year.

Read the text of the FCC’s Citation and Order issued against Blackburn and Kumamoto.

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