2 responses on “Are there any laws against operating a cell phone jammer in a school classroom?

  1. Poor Horatio

    The federal government source link I posted below basically states:

    "The operation of transmitters designed to jam or block wireless communications is a violation of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended ("Act")."

    and

    "Fines for a first offense can range as high as $11,000 for each violation or imprisonment for up to one year, and the device used may also be seized and forfeited to the U.S. government."

    This law applies everywhere in the USA and its territories, including school classrooms.

    If you are a student, you could also get suspended or expelled. If you are a teacher, you could also get suspended or fired.
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  2. skraith

    Yes, the law in the US that prohibits this is going on 80 years old. This law is called the communications act of 1934, passed as a response to the growing popularity of radio. Cell phones are considered grandfathered under this law.

    In addition to it being illegal to actually jam transmission/reception of cell signals, the same law also prohibits the sale of any type of jamming device. The link below is to a good article on the issue at HowStuffWorks.

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