April 30, 2018

Communications Daily quotes Jamie Barnett in an article about the FCC's actions to control contraband cellphone use in prisons

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Jamie Barnett was quoted in Communications Daily on April 30, 2018, in an article about the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) actions to crack down on the illegal use of wireless devices and contraband cellphones in prisons. A big question remains whether the FCC may allow jamming – which is opposed by carriers. Earlier this year, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, NTIA, and the FCC cooperated on a test of micro-jamming technology at a federal correctional institution at Cumberland, Maryland.

"The FCC has been searching for a workable, affordable solution to the epidemic of contraband cellphones for almost 10 years," said Mr. Barnett. Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, "seems more open to finding a way to shoehorn jamming into a legal solution even though it is unlawful, and we are seeing jamming experiments and demonstrations in prison," Barnett said. "The FCC doesn't seem very cognizant of jamming systems installed in prisons in other countries that have failed. Other technologies exist that are much more promising." Though they're part of the discussions, "the carriers cannot be very happy about the prospect of legal jammers coming into the U.S.," Barnett said.