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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 mobile phones.

MOBILE PHONES Tones cause many groans

Experts say mobile 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

...''mobile 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 mobile phone industry trends. Melamed points out that mobile 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

June, 2006

Detonating an improvised explosive device using a remote trigger like a mobile 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 mobile 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 Mobile Repeater System

Antenna Systems & Technology Volume 9/Issue 3

May/June, 2006

CellAntenna Corporation, a leading provider of solutions that solve cellular communication problems, today announced the release of its CAE750 Dual-Band Rapid Deployment Mobile 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 Mobile 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 mobile 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 "mobile calming" technology. It allows emergency calls to go through while stopping general-purpose calls without jamming the full spectrum of mobile calls. (Melamed is tight-lipped about the technology, saying only that it has a "patent pending.")

Mobile 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 mobile phone reception so they can connect with mobile 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 mobile phone service was also lost in most areas.

Mobile-phone blockers shush rude users

AP ASAP By Stephanie Hoo

March 7, 2006

Churches, movie theaters, even the U.N. headquarters want to block mobile phone signals to enforce silence during events. Mobile phone service providers are against it. STEPHANIE HOO wades into the debate. Some movie theaters want to jam mobile phone signals to thwart rude talkers. Mobile phone service providers are against it, arguing that it amounts to a theft of their business. A straightforward controversy? Not even close.

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