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Apr 30, 2013 6:58 PM by Akeam Ashford

Company Fined $126,000 for Violating FCC Regulations

A Broussard company has been accused of illegally stopping its employees from using their cell phones. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ordered Taylor Oilfield Manufacturing to pay $126 thousand for using cell phone jammers.

Jammers are small boxes that send out a signal, blocking any wireless communication. The company ordered the cell phone jammers from a Chinese company. Company spokesman Chris Roland says maybe if they had ordered from an American company, they may have been told jammers are illegal.

FCC agents discovered four jammer boxes last May. An FCC report shows the jammers were strong enough to block cell phones off company grounds. The report also says the company used the devices for several months. Roland says, "We only used the jammers for nine days. We have receipts showing when they were installed."

The FCC says cell phone jammers are illegal because they pose a public safety issue. The jammers block emergency 911 calls and can prevent first-responders from using their communication devices.

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