[unisog] Wireless in residence building - Tricky problem

Marc Jimenez mjimenez at net.tufts.edu
Wed Nov 5 19:30:46 GMT 2003

Moreover, cell phones and pagers operate in a licensed band. That makes
them a completely different animal altogether.


Marc Jimenez
Manager, Network Engineering and Security
Tufts University

On Wed, 5 Nov 2003, Mitch Collinsworth wrote:

> 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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