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December 19, 2005

Movie Theater Owners Want Cell Phone Jammers



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The National Association of Theater Owners wants the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow them to install and use cell phone jamming equipment in movie theaters nationwide. Cell phone jammers are currently illegal in the United States.

Organization president John Fithian implied in an interview with the Los Angeles Times recently that cell phones are driving away customers and that jammers are needed to "block, rude behavior" and help bring people back into theaters. He plans to petition the FCC on behalf of the organization for permission for theater owners to use cell phone jammers.

At least one other organization, the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) told the paper it would oppose any FCC action that might allow jammers in theaters.

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