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More Fingers On The Jam Button?
Business Week by Dean Foust
October 23, 2006
A BATTLE is shaping up in a high-tech corner of the anti-terror world. A Coral Springs (Fla.) entrepreneur has sued the FCC, contending that the agency is wrongly invoking the Communications Act of 1934 to continue to prevent local authorities from buying the same jamming devices used by the military and feds to cripple remote-control bombs, some of which are triggered by cell phones.
CELL PHONES Tones cause many groans
Experts say cell phone ring tones are a reflection of people's tastes and personalities
and are annoying as all heck. The Miami Herald by Roberto Santiago
October 15, 2006
...''cell phones have evolved from being the No. 1 personal communication device to becoming the No. 1 personal rude device,'' said Melamed, who also writes about cell phone industry trends. Melamed points out that cell phones are now marketed as a personal extension of one's personality and tastes. ''The industry now urges consumers to select certain colors, designs, multimedia accessories, and a variety of ring tones,'' Melamed said.''
CellAntenna Establishes Branch in Poland to Serve Growing Needs in the Eastern Europe
US company forms new relationships with the aid of U of Texas IC2 Institute
Coral Springs, Florida– AUGUST 7, 2006
CellAntenna Corporation, a leading provider of cellular communication solutions, has established a branch of its business in the Republic of Poland... CellAntenna was contacted by the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, which had shared its expertise in promoting entrepreneurial activity and commercializing technology with the University of Lodz in Poland as part of an offset package associated with the $3.5 billion purchase of jet fighters by Poland from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The program was offered in cooperation with the Polish-American Management Center at the University of Lodz. The program quickly allowed CellAntenna to establish key business and technical relationships that has accelerated its expansion into Central and Eastern Europe through its branch in Poland.
Jamming Terrorists with Technology
Security Management By Marta Lawrence
Detonating an improvised explosive device using a remote trigger like a cell phone or remote-controlled car is a fairly simple task. Preventing the bomb from exploding using localized jamming technology is an equally simple task, but currently first responders at the state and local levels are not given access to these types of technologies, says Howard Melamed, president and CEO of CellAntenna Corp, which distributes similar devices. “The local bomb squad…has nothing to prevent the device from going off,” says Melamed. The type of technology Melamed describes would jam the downlink of a cell phone to a specific package. So, if a bomb were suspected in a backpack, as might have occurred if the bombs used by the London subway bombers had been detected before they were detonated, the jammer would interfere only with those signals going to the backpack. If police have not identified a suspicious package or if they suspect that more than one bomb could be present, the technology could also be used to jam larger areas, such as an entire building or a tunnel.
CellAntenna Corp. Introduces Rapid Deployment Cellular Repeater System
Antenna Systems & Technology Volume 9/Issue 3
CellAntenna Corporation, a leading provider of solutions that solve cellular communication problems, today announced the release of its CAE750 Dual-Band Rapid Deployment Cellular Repeater System (RDCRS). A fully-portable version of the company’s popular CAE700 dual-band repeater system, the RDCRS allows government agencies and other users to immediately deploy a solution that boosts cellular signals in outdoor and indoor areas that may not have adequate cellular signal coverage due to natural or terror-related disasters.
Florida company sues FCC to allow it to sell jammers to state & local law enforcement
RCR Wireless News By Heather Forsgren Weaver
Washington, April 14, 2006
A Florida company that makes and sells radio-frequency jammers for the federal government and overseas market has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission claiming it is being harmed by its inability to sell the devices to state and local governments. ...Jammers have proven effective in disabling improvised explosive devices in the Middle East.
CellAntenna Files RF Jamming Action Against FCC
By Laurie Sullivan, TechWeb News
April 06, 2006
CellAntenna Corp. has filed an action in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida challenging a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prohibit the use of cellular and radio frequency jamming equipment by state and local governments, the company said Wednesday. CellAntenna is asking the U.S. District Court to rule on whether the FCC can ban the use of radio frequency jamming equipment by state and local law enforcement agencies, according to filed documents. CellAntenna chief executive officer Howard Melamed argues the lives of first responders and the public are at risk in the event of a terrorist attack when using a remote controlled improvised explosive device.
CellAntenna Challenges FCC on Cell Phone Jammers in US District Court of South Florida
Company Argues a 1934 Ban on Jamming Equipment Impedes Ability of State and Local
Law Enforcement to Respond to Terrorist Attack
Coral Springs, April 5, 2006
CellAntenna Corporation, a leading provider of cellular communication solutions, announced today the filing of an action in the US District Court of the Southern District of Florida challenging a law enforced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prohibit the use of cellular and radio frequency jamming equipment by state and local governments. CellAntenna argues that several sections of the Federal Communications Act (FCA) of 1934 violate the 14th amendment of the Constitution and conflict with both the public interest and the wishes of Congress. Additionally, the FCC rules put at risk the lives of first responders and the public in the event of a terrorist attack using a remote controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED).
Action for Declaratory Relief
This is an action for declaratory relief under authority of 28 U.S.C. §2201.
April 4, 2006
Plaintiff, CELLANTENNA CORP. (CellAntenna) is a Florida corporation having its principal place of business in Borward County, Florida. Defendant, the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION is agency of the United States government. Among other matters, the FCC adopts regulations which govern the interference potential of devices which are capable to emitting sufficient radio frequency energy to (d) Radio frequency devices for use by the Government of the United States or any agency thereof: Provided, however, that this exception shall not be applicable to any device after it has been disposed of by such Government or agency".
Theaters in a cell phone jam
The Christian Science Monitor By Gloria Goodale
March 24, 2006
Companies that manufacture jamming equipment are also opposed, on similar grounds. "Jamming equipment should only be used by the government, such as the police and the bomb squads, not the general public," says Howard Melamed of CellAntenna, one such company. "Jamming is a weapon that should only be used against illegal activities." Mr. Melamed and others point out that there are less severe measures theater owners could take, such as paint that blocks signals and a new technology his own company will be offering by summertime, which he dubs "cell calming" technology. It allows emergency calls to go through while stopping general-purpose calls without jamming the full spectrum of cell calls. (Melamed is tight-lipped about the technology, saying only that it has a "patent pending.")
Cell booster helps after hurricanes
South Florida The Business Journal By Brian Bandell
March 17, 2006
The next time South Florida faces a communications crisis after a disaster like Hurricane Wilma, at least one local company hopes to have better prepared clients. CellAntenna Corp. in Coral Springs has been working on solutions that boost cell phone reception so they can connect with cell towers 20 or 30 miles away in the event of a disaster. During Hurricane Wilma, the region experienced power outages that took out many land phone lines, while cell phone service was also lost in most areas.
Cell-phone blockers shush rude users
AP ASAP By Stephanie Hoo
March 7, 2006
Churches, movie theaters, even the U.N. headquarters want to block cell phone signals to enforce silence during events. Cell phone service providers are against it. STEPHANIE HOO wades into the debate. Some movie theaters want to jam cell phone signals to thwart rude talkers. Cell phone service providers are against it, arguing that it amounts to a theft of their business. A straightforward controversy? Not even close.