It has been said many times that a company is able to say what it likes within the confines of law, but where there is no law to regulate a particular viewpoint, customers who think that a company has gone overboard with a particular way of doing or seeing things do have the power to hit said company where it hurts the most – their pockets. This works most of the time, and it is the way that companies or organizations have been “punished” before. The FCC recently slapped a close to $35 million fine on C.T.S. Technology Co. Ltd. because they have been selling signal jammers to folks living in the U.S., where among their customers include “undercover operators”.
In the sight of the FTC, doing so is anathema, and the near $35 million fine is the possible maximum due to sales of 285 signal jammers that C.T.S. Technology is alleged to have sold in the U.S. across the span of two years. Interestingly enough, some of these signal jammers sold were alleged to be approved by the FCC beforehand.
Travis LeBlanc, acting chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, countered that allegation, saying, “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.”