The FCC proposes rules to combat the use of contraband wireless devices in correctional facilities nationwide. The rules would speed the approval process for spectrum lease agreements between wireless providers and providers or operators of managed access systems. The new rules would also require wireless providers to terminate service, if technically feasible, to a contraband wireless device after notification by an authorized correctional facility official.
Prisoners in federal, state, and local correctional facilities increasingly use wireless devices to engage in criminal activity while incarcerated. Technological solutions available to correctional facility administrators to combat contraband wireless devices generally fall into three categories: managed access, detection, and radio signal jamming. The FCC seeks comment on proposals regarding managed access and detection technologies.