Bitcoin Mining Device Interferes with T-Mobile 700 MHz LTE Network
Friday, February 16, 2018 | Comments

A device to mine bitcoin is the latest culprit identified by the FCC for causing interference.

The FCC received a complaint from T-Mobile concerning interference to its 700 MHz LTE network in Brooklyn, New York. FCC agents confirmed by direction-finding techniques that radio emissions in the 700 MHz band were emanating from Victor Rosario’s residence in Brooklyn.

When the interfering device was turned off, the interference ceased. The device was identified as an Antminer s5 Bitcoin Miner. The device was generating spurious emissions on frequencies assigned to T-Mobile’s broadband network and causing harmful interference.

The commission notified Rosario that he must cease operating the device and not resume until the condition causing the harmful interference has been corrected. Continued operation of this device that causes harmful interference after receipt of the warning violates federal law and would subject Rosario to penalties, including monetary fines, seizure the offending equipment and criminal sanctions including imprisonment.

Bitcoin mining is the process by which transactions are verified and added to the public ledger, known as the blockchain, and the means through which new bitcoin are released. Anyone with access to the internet and suitable hardware can participate in mining, according to the investopedia.com website.

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