[unisog] Wireless in residence building - Tricky problem

Mitch Collinsworth mitch at ccmr.cornell.edu
Wed Nov 5 18:07:11 GMT 2003


On Tue, 4 Nov 2003, Tim O'Connor wrote:

> I don't have a reference for this, but I recall that a few months ago,
> there was some discussion in the local press about actions that were to
> be undertaken by performance spaces -- chiefly theaters such as (I think)
> Lincoln Center, as well as a couple of movie houses -- that planned to
> install local jamming devices to disable audience cell phones during
> performances.
>
> There was a counter-argument offered to the effect of "what about a
> doctor on call who is sitting in the audience and must be reached?" which
> was never satisfactorily addressed.  At no time, in my recollection, did
> anyone raise the thorny issue of the 2.4Ghz spectrum being public space
> and thus protected from jamming.

Cell phones are not 2.4 GHz.  But even so, I bet the cell providers
would probably have an even greater likelihood of initiating action
against the jamming of their services.  Here again it's not easy to
contain the jamming signal to the interior of the performance space!

-Mitch



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