Tip Line Encourages Public Participation in the Fight Against GPS Jammers

November 2, 2012  - By
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Washington, D.C. — The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau today launched a dedicated jammer tip line – 1-855-55-NOJAM (or 1-855-556-6526) – to make it easier for the public to report the use or sale of illegal GPS, cell phone or other signal jammers. It is against the law for consumers to use, import, advertise, sell or ship a GPS or cell jammer or any other type of device that blocks, jams or interferes with authorized communications, whether on private or public property.

The FCC asks people to call the toll-free Jammer Tip Line immediately if:

  • you are aware of the ongoing use of a cell, GPS, or other signal jammer;
  • your employer operates a jammer in your workplace;
  • you observe a jammer in operation at your school or college;
  • you observe an advertisement for a jammer at a local store; or
  • you observe a jammer being operated on your local bus, train or other mass transit system.

“We need consumers to be our eyes and ears. Jammers do not just weed out noisy or annoying conversations and disable unwanted GPS tracking, they can prevent 9-1-1 and other emergency phone calls from getting through in a time of need,” Michele Ellison, chief of the Enforcement Bureau, said.

Calls to the Jammer Tip Line will be handled by experienced Enforcement Bureau staff. Callers are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible, including the time and location of the incident, a description of the jamming device (if available), and the name and contact information of the individual or business using or selling the device.

While callers may remain anonymous, the bureau urges callers to provide a contact phone number in case additional information is needed. “Every tip can make a difference,” Ellison said. “While our agents are actively pursuing these violations online and on the street, you can help. We encourage concerned parents, commuters, employees, and anyone else with credible information to tip us off. Working together, we can stop the spread of illegal jammers.

For more information, Frequently Asked Questions about cell, GPS, and Wi-Fi jammers are available at www.fcc.gov/jammers, or email jammerinfo@fcc.gov.