FCC Fines Chinese Firm $35M for Selling Cell Jammers
The FCC today levied a fine of $34.9 million against a China-based company for marketing and selling illegal cell signal jammers in the U.S. The FCC says CTS Technology marketed some 285 different types of signal jammers to U.S. consumers through its web site. Some of the devices, created to interfere with cellular, WiFi, and GPS signals at distances of up to 0.5 miles, were sold to undercover FCC agents posing as consumers and shipped from China to the U.S. Signal jammers represent a danger to the public and first responders, as they can prevent people from placing emergency calls and can otherwise disrupt essential communications. The FCC first notified CTS Technology about is violations in 2014 and has attempted to contact the company numerous times. Even though the FCC has used official channels, CTS has not responded to any of the allegations. CTS has 30 days to pay the $34.9 million fine.
FCC Hits Sprint with Nominal Fine Over Emergency Services
The FCC today levied a $1.18 million fine against Sprint for its inability to properly handle emergency calls made through its wireless Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS). According to the FCC, Sprint's IP CTS system was unable to accept or handle emergency calls for a period of six months in mid-2014.
FCC Fines Smart City for Blocking Conventioneers' WiFi
The FCC today levied a $750,000 fine against Smart City for preventing consumers from setting up and operating their own WiFi hotspots in several convention centers around the country. Smart City runs the WiFi services at select conference facilities and charges exhibitors and attendees $80 per day to connect to the internet.
Verizon to Pay FCC $1.35M Fine Over Supercookies
Verizon will pay the FCC a fine of $1.35 million to settle claims the company's wireless business violated customer privacy. The FCC says between 2012 and 2014, Verizon Wireless did not adequately disclose to customers how it used supercookies to gather user data.
Senators Want FCC to Investigate, Regulate Stingrays
A number of senators have asked the FCC to look into law enforcement's use of stingrays to see if the tool puts the public at risk, and also to see if stingrays unfairly target minority groups. Stingrays masquerade as cell towers in order to collect location and other data from phones in a given area.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing Consumer Signal Boosters
The FCC today said new rule changes should make it easier for people to use consumer-grade wireless signal boosters. Signal boosters general work by gathering and amplifying the existing signals from wireless network operators in environments such as homes, cars, and office buildings.
The FCC has undercover agents?