Cell phone block about to happen?
Apr 17th, 2012 |
By Bob Walsh |
Category: Miscellany, Security
It would seem that CDCr has come up with a system to block the dangerous and illegal but common access to cell phones by guests of the state. Global Tel Link has been awarded the contract to operate the inmate land-line telephones and part of that contract diverts the revenue to use to block cell phone and wi-fi access to unauthorized cell phones at prisons.
The article in the Sacramento PRAVDA today linked here says that in tests for eight hours a day over an eleven-day period the program blocked more than 25,000 unauthorized cell phone calls.
I admit I am still not sure how this is going to work. My understanding is that the feds need to authorize this due to various FCC issues. I also wonder how it will affect people driving by on public roads near prisons, or even staff in the parking lots. In any case the program is supposed to be up and running by the end of this year.