"We have no authority to even grant it if we thought it was worthwhile or something that was warranted," said Robert Kenny, a spokesman for the FCC. "It's likely going to take some level of action by Congress."That news certainly casts a different light on the senators' conversation yesterday about eliminating cell phones in prison. I'm guessing Congress might support the jammer idea down the line, but it's not something, apparently, that could happen immediately.
In addition, reports AP, jamming cell phones could have unintended security consequences:
Sounds like jammers won't be the short-term fix legislators hoped for to TDCJ's cell phone smuggling epidemic.
"You can prevent emergency calls if these jammers are allowed," said Joe Farren, spokesman for CTIA-The Wireless Association, a trade group for the wireless industry. "You put signal jammers in, you interfere with critical communications, life and death."
That worry is shared by Zack Kendall, a security specialist for North Carolina's prison system, who said he doesn't know whether his prisons would take advantage of signal blocking because it could interfere with internal radio communications.