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   October 15, 2012  Neil Grace, (202) 418-0506

         FCC enforcement bureau takes action against craigslist SELLERS

                  for Marketing illegal Signal Jamming devices

            Warns Consumers to Immediately Remove Online Jammer Ads;

             Issues Consumer Alerts in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese

   Washington, D.C. - Today the FCC Enforcement Bureau takes action against
   another six individuals for advertising and selling signal jamming devices
   on, warning that the Bureau intends to impose substantial
   monetary penalties for similar violations going forward. Over the last two
   weeks, the Bureau has targeted 23 signal jammer ads on craigslist. These
   actions resulted from aggressive undercover operations.

   Signal jamming devices, or "jammers," are radio frequency transmitters
   that intentionally block, jam, or interfere with authorized
   communications, such as cell phone calls, text messages, GPS systems, and
   Wi-Fi networks. Jammers are indiscriminate-they can block critical public
   safety and other emergency communications along with the targeted
   transmissions. As a result, it is a violation of federal law to market,
   sell, or use a jammer in the United States.

   Recently, Enforcement Bureau staff have observed individuals offering
   signal jamming devices on craigslist and other online marketplaces. These
   advertisements are illegal and should be removed immediately.

   FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Michele Ellison noted, "Merely posting a
   signal jammer ad on sites like violates federal law. Signal
   jammers are contraband for a reason. Simply put, jammers block all
   communications within range-not just the unwanted ones."

   Ms. Ellison added, "One person's moment of peace or privacy could very
   well endanger the safety and well-being of others. We intend to take
   increasingly aggressive enforcement action against violators. If we catch
   you selling or operating a jammer, it's going to cost you."

   The Enforcement Bureau will continue to closely monitor online websites
   for violations. To report the sale or use of an illegal jammer, call the
   FCC Enforcement Bureau's Jammer Tip Line at 1-855-55-NOJAM.

   To continue to heighten public awareness, the Bureau is also releasing a
   Consumer Alert on the jamming prohibition in English, Spanish, and
   Mandarin Chinese.

   For more information, Frequently Asked Questions about cell, GPS, and
   Wi-Fi jammers are available at Additional information
   on jamming enforcement is available or by emailing

   Media inquiries should be directed to Neil Grace at (202) 418-0506 or or to Karen Onyeije at (202) 418-1757 or



   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).

                                        News Media Information 202 / 418-0500


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