Sep 13, 2010 3:17 PM by Melissa Canone

LA Wants Permission to Jam Airwaves From Prison

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The man responsible for keeping contraband
out of a South Carolina prison was nearly killed in what
authorities say was an attack ordered by an inmate using a smuggled
cell phone.
Corrections Department Capt. Robert Johnson was shot six times
in his home in March. Now he and his bosses want Congress to change
a law that says regulators can grant permission to jam public
airwaves only to federal agencies, not state or local ones.
Authorities in Texas, Maryland, Louisiana and the District of
Columbia want that permission too.
Cell phone industry officials say jamming signals inside prisons
could interfere with legitimate phone use nearby. They say better
technology is available and just went into use at a prison in


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