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   February 9, 2011 David Fiske: (202) 418-0513




        Targeted Education and Outreach Coupled with Strict Enforcement

   Washington, D.C. - The FCC Enforcement Bureau today announced new efforts
   to clamp down on the marketing, sale, and use of illegal cellphone and GPS
   jamming devices.

   The Bureau released two Enforcement Advisories and a downloadable poster
   on cellphone and GPS jamming that warn consumers, manufacturers, and
   retailers (including online and Web-only companies) that the marketing,
   sale, or use of cell, GPS, and other jamming devices is illegal. These
   steps highlight a new outreach phase of the Bureau's continuing effort to
   halt the distribution and proliferation of illegal jamming devices in the
   United States. In the last two weeks, the Bureau issued warnings to four
   well-known online retailers - including the company that markets the
   TxTStopperTM - directing them to cease marketing jamming devices to
   customers in the U.S. or face stiff fines.

   "Jamming devices create serious safety risks," said Michele Ellison, Chief
   of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. In the coming weeks and months, we'll be
   intensifying our efforts through -partnerships with law enforcement
   agencies to crack down on those who continue to violate the law.

   Through education, outreach, and aggressive enforcement, we're tackling
   this problem head on."

   Ellison said, "While people who use jammers may think they are only
   silencing disruptive conversations or disabling unwanted GPS capabilities,
   they could also be preventing a scared teenager from calling 9-1-1, an
   elderly person from placing an urgent call to a doctor, or a rescue team
   from homing in on the location of a severely injured person. The price for
   one person's moment of peace or privacy, could be the safety and
   well-being of others."

   Jamming devices are radio frequency transmitters that intentionally block,
   jam, or interfere with lawful communications, such as cell phone calls,
   text messages, GPS systems, and Wi-Fi networks. Increasingly, online
   retailers tout small, inexpensive jammers as the solution for noisy
   classrooms, theaters, restaurants, or business meetings. However, jammers
   are indiscriminate - they can block critical public safety and other
   emergency communications along with the targeted transmissions. As such,
   jammers are illegal to market, sell, or use in the United States. A single
   violation of the jamming prohibition can result in tens of thousands of
   dollars in monetary penalties, seizure of the illegal device, and

   Action by the Enforcement Bureau of the FCC on February 9, 2011 by Public
   Notice (DA 11-249; DA 11-250)

     The Enforcement Advisories and poster can be found on the Enforcement
      Bureau website,
      Jammer enforcement questions should be sent to


   Federal Communications Commission

   445 12th Street, S.W.

   Washington, D. C. 20554

   This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the
   full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.

   See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

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