Senate Greenlights Jamming Cell Signals Near Prisons
A U.S. Senate committee has taken the first step toward approving new legislation that would allow states to ask the federal government for permission to jam cellular signals at and near prisons. The issue was brought before the senate by corrections directors from some 26 states. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved the initial bill, which now goes to the entire Senate for consideration. If passed, the bill would require the FCC to to set up rules and regulations governing how and where signals can be blocked, to conduct tests to determine the minimum strength necessary to block signals, and to approve all systems before giving states permission to block signals. Only correctional facilities would be allowed to block signals, and all parties involved would have to ensure that the areas surrounding the prisons experience minimal disruption of services.
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Its not going to happen.
Second fact yes their can be a bad apple. But most officers are not. and do their jobs well.
The third fact. Inmates do not need paid/affiliated officers t...
Missing the real reason
We aren't talking about a holding cell here.
Chunky Sirlion said:
But what if you live NEAR the prison, or if you break down on the road in front of it, your cell will be blocked
Believe it or not, there was a time when not everbody had a cell phone and no...
But at the same time i don't want them controlling where i can use my cellphone, cause they could get out of hand with this idea.
If we allow jamming for prisons we start down a very slippery slope. I don't want the government to be telling me where I can and can't use my cell phone.
Well...thank goodness they aren't telling YOU ...
Humans are resourceful.
Unfortunately, if there is a way (and there is ALWAYS a way)to defeat a system, prisoners will find it. I'm not saying that it is not a good idea. Making it harder for the criminal element is good but be warned that it will not be 100% effective.
Senate MORONS need an EE to talk to...
Set aside funds to allow carriers to install hardware on all cell sites servicing prisons that will pull e911 GPS info for all calls process on those sites- not just 911 calls.
If the GPS delivered is not CLEARLY outside the facility, deny the call on the network end!
A solution like this would allow for a white listing cell phones belonging to government agents or the Warden of the facility so that authorized personnel could still place calls, too.
e911 location information is already used in every digital handset out there, why not put it to use in this scenario?
I'm gonna go write my Senator a letter, now.
It's a near perfect example of innovation at the local level. Only concern that I would vo...