Cell Phone Jam Debate
Louisiana and other states want the power to jam public airwaves inside prisons to keep contraband cell phones from working. But the cell phone industry says that could interfere with legitimate phone use nearby and says there's better technology available and its in use at a prison in Mississippi now. But a guard who was shot because of an attack ordered by a prisoner using a smuggled cell phone wants congress to change the law that says regulators can grant permission to jam the airwaves only to federal agencies, not state and local authorities. Capt. Robert Johnson of South Carolina was shot six times at his house in march.