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FCC plans $34.9 million fine

Towards the end of June the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced from Washington DC plans to issue the largest fine in its history against CTS Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese electronics manufacturer and online retailer, for allegedly marketing 285 models of signal jamming devices to US consumers for more than two years.

The FCC applied the maximum fine allowed to each jammer model allegedly marketed by CTS resulting in a planned fine of $34,912,500. Said Travis LeBlanc, Acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, “All companies, whether domestic or foreign, are banned from marketing illegal jammers in the US. 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.”