ACMA updates phone jamming rules

The new Radiocommunications (Prohibition of PMTS Jamming Devices) Declaration 2011 will be registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments on February 28

The Australian Communications and Media Authority today announced it has updated its prohibition on mobile phone jamming in the wake of a 2010 review of its previous, 1999 prohibition.

"In making the new prohibition, the ACMA notes the continued need for appropriate regulatory arrangements that protect PMTS [public mobile telecommunication services] from unwanted and potentially harmful interference," said ACMA chairperson, Chris Chapman. "It is vital that people can access the emergency call service, as well as receive warning messages in times of emergency."

ACMA made the Radiocommunications (Prohibition of PMTS Jamming Devices) Declaration 2011 under section 190 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

The new Radiocommunications (Prohibition of PMTS Jamming Devices) Declaration 2011 will be registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments on February 28.

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