US Regulator to Issue Largest Ever Fine - Against Chinese Phone Jammer
Published on: 19th Jun 2014
The US telecoms regulator is preparing to issue its largest ever fine, against a Chinese firm that imported mobile phone jammers.
The FCC claims that C.T.S. Technology, a Chinese electronics manufacturer and online retailer, allegedly sold 285 models of signal jamming devices to U.S. consumers for more than two years.
The FCC applied the maximum fine allowed to each jammer model allegedly marketed by C.T.S., resulting in a planned fine of $34.9 million.
"All companies, whether domestic or foreign, are banned from marketing illegal jammers in the U.S.," said Travis LeBlanc, Acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. "Signal jammers present a direct danger to public safety, potentially blocking the communications of first responders. Operating a jammer is also illegal, and consumers who do so face significant civil and criminal penalties."
C.T.S. operates a website that markets consumer electronics to individuals in the United States, where it allegedly misled U.S. consumers by falsely claiming that certain signal jammers were approved by the FCC. In fact, the use of such devices by U.S. consumers is illegal under any circumstance.
C.T.S. also sold 10 high-powered signal jammers to undercover FCC personnel.