National Telecommunications and Information Administration
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Contraband Cell Phone Use in Prisons
NTIA sought comment on technical approaches to preventing contraband cell phone use in prisons. NTIA developed, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the National Institute of Justice, a report to evaluate how wireless jamming, detection and other technologies might be utilized for law enforcement and corrections applications in Federal and State prison facilities.
Contraband Cell Phones in Prisons, Possible Wireless Technology Solutions: NTIA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), has identified and evaluated several
technology solutions that can be used in a prison environment, including jamming, managed access, and detection techniques. This report presents a comprehensive overview and evaluation of those technologies. (1.1 MB PDF file)
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard J. Orsulak, Emergency Planning and Public Safety Division, Office of Spectrum Management, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1212 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 600B, Washington, DC 20005; telephone (202) 482–9139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Notice of Inquiry (73KB pdf file)