Industry Canada Seeks Public Advice On Cell Phone Silencers

OTTAWA, March 9, 2001 – Industry Canada is seeking public advice on cellular phone silencers. Cell phone silencers, or jammers, are devices capable of interfering with or blocking cellular, radio and personal communications services. These devices can eliminate the ringing and/or operation of cell phones in a variety of public and private environments.

To date, only law-enforcement agencies have been given licenses for cell phone silencers. This public consultation is intended to give all interested parties the opportunity to express their views and offer advice as to whether, and under what conditions, other license applications for these devices should be considered.

Mobile phones have become an integral part of Canadians' personal and business lives. There are currently over nine million Canadians who use cellular and/or PCS phone services. The number of new subscribers continues to grow at a rapid pace. By 2005 it is estimated that over 50 per cent of all phone calls and Internet connections in Canada will be done through wireless devices.

Industry Canada seeks a broad perspective on this issue and has released a information bulletin (Gazette Notice DGTP-002-01) which outlines the issues and questions that need to be considered. This bulletin is available online at http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum or by calling 613-998-3949.

Submissions on this issue should cite the Canada Gazette Notice reference number DGTP-002-01 and be sent by email to Wireless@ic.gc.ca, or in writing to Director General, Telecommunications Policy Branch, Industry Canada, 16th floor, Jean Edmonds Tower North, 300 Slater St., Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8, or by fax to 613-998-1256. Submissions must be received on or before July 12, 2001 to receive full consideration.

For more information, please contact:

Heidi Bonnell
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Industry
613-995-9001

David E. Warnes
Senior Advisor, Spectrum Policy
Industry Canada
Telecommunications Policy Branch
613-998-4010

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