The Enforcement Bureau is concerned about the discussion on social media about the use of radio services
Published: January 17, 2021 ⋅ Updated: January 19, 2021
The Federal Communications Commission has issued an unusual one Weekend Enforcement Warning This boils down to this: Don’t use a amateur radio, CBs, FRS walkie-talkies, or other personal radio services to plot crimes.
This is because federal, local and law enforcement officials across the country are reporting concerns about possible terrorist attacks by disgruntled Trump supporters who are angry about the election result and incited by the recent attack on the Capitol.
The Enforcement Bureau “has become aware of discussions on social media platforms which suggest that certain radio services regulated by the Commission could provide an alternative to social media platforms for groups to communicate and coordinate future activities”, said the FCC in a statement released on Sunday morning.
“The Bureau recognizes that these services can be used for a variety of legitimate purposes, including speech, which is protected by the first amendment to the Constitution,” it said. However, it continues in bold: “However, amateur radio and personal radio services may not be used to facilitate criminal offenses.”
The warning applies to amateur radio operators and users of services such as Citizen’s Band, Walkie-Talkies from the Family Radio Service, and General Mobile Radio.
In particular, amateur licensees are reminded that they are prohibited from sending “communications facilitating a crime” or “messages encrypted to obscure their meaning”. Users of Personal Radio Services, such as CBs, are prohibited from “using them in connection with any activity that violates federal, state, or local law.”
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