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April 29, 2014
Neil Grace, (202) 418-0506
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FCC PROPOSES $48K FINE FOR FLORIDA MAN WHO

JAMMED CELLPHONE CALLS DURING DAILY COMMUTE

Washington, D.C. – A Florida man who allegedly jammed consumer cell phone service from his car for
nearly two years and interfered with first-responder communications faces a possible $48,000 fine by the
Federal Communications Commission.
Jason R. Humphreys of Seffner, Florida, apparently interfered with these services while commuting along
a section of Interstate 4 in Florida. In taking this enforcement action, the Commission noted that Mr.
Humphreys’ jammer operation “could and may have had disastrous consequences by precluding the use
of cell phones to reach life-saving 9-1-1 services provided by police, ambulance, and fire departments.”
FCC Enforcement Bureau agents identified Mr. Humphreys as the source of the interference by using
sophisticated interference detection techniques. They then worked closely with the Hillsborough County
Sheriff’s Office, which stopped Mr. Humphreys’ vehicle while he was apparently operating the jammer
and seized the illegal jamming device. According to deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, communications
with police dispatch were interrupted as they approached Mr. Humphreys’ vehicle.
Signal jamming devices or “jammers” are radio frequency transmitters that intentionally block, jam, or
interfere with authorized communications, such as cellphone calls, GPS systems, Wi-Fi networks, and
first-responder communications. It is a violation of federal law to market, sell, import, or use a signal
jammer in the United States and its territories, except in very limited circumstances involving federal law
enforcement. While these devices have been marketed and sold with increasing frequency over the
Internet, their use by U.S. consumers is illegal under any circumstances. Unlawful use of signal jammers
could result not only in substantial monetary fines, but also imprisonment.
Additional information about jammers and jammer enforcement is available at www.fcc.gov/jammers or
by e-mailing jammerinfo@fcc.gov. To report the sale or use of an illegal jammer or to voluntarily
relinquish a jammer, call the FCC Enforcement Bureau’s Jammer Tip Line at 1-855-55-NOJAM (or 1-
855-556-6526).
Media inquiries should be directed to Neil Grace at (202) 418-0506 or neil.grace@fcc.gov.
The FCC enforcement action against Mr. Humphreys is available at:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-55A1.pdf
The FCC’s Consumer alert on the jamming prohibition is available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin
Chinese.
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