The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $34.9 million fine against a Chinese online retailer for the marketing of signal jamming devices in the U.S.
The fine would be the largest in FCC history.
C.T.S. Technology Co., Limited, a Chinese electronics manufacturer and online retailer allegedly marketed 285 models of signal jamming device to U.S. consumers over the past two years.
The FCC applied a $122,500 fine, the maximum allowed, to each of the 285 jammer models resulting in the planned fine of $34,912,500.
The FCC says C.T.S. also claimed some of the devices were approved by the FCC.
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.
Undercover FCC agents also purchased 10 high-power signal jamming devices from C.T.S.
In a statement from the FCC, Travis LeBlanc, Acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau said:
“All companies, whether domestic or foreign, are banned from marketing illegal jammers in the U.S. 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.”
The fines were aimed at C.T.S.; its two websites, CTStechnologys.com and Aiswa.com; and an affiliated company, Shenzhen C.T.S. Import and Export.
To report the sale or use of an illegal jammer, contact the FCC Enforcement Bureau through the FCC online complaint portal or call 1-888-CALL-FCC (or 1-888-225-5322). To voluntarily relinquish a signal jammer, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information, including the FCC Consumer Alert on the jamming prohibitions and the FCC Enforcement Advisory to retailers regarding the marketing of illegal signal jammers, is available at www.fcc.gov/jammers.
The FCC enforcement action against C.T.S. is available at: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-92A1.pdf