Hove bar blocks mobile phone signal to be more social

Submitted by: trimble 1 year ago in Lifestyle
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36954687 A landlord in Sussex has built a "Faraday cage" around his bar to block mobile phone signals, in an attempt to encourage face-to-face conversation.
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Male 1,253
The FCC made blocking cell signals illegal in the U.S.. The U.K. is so different than we are.
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Male 1,421
Blocking by electronic means is illegal in the US. I'm not sure that a Faraday Cage could be ruled illegal. A very similar method is used when building rooms for MRI machines to go into; these rooms must be "RF free" for the equipment to work correctly. I'm sure that a landlord in the US could claim that the cage is for lightning protection, or even simply for "aesthetics", and the blocking of cell signals is an "unfortunate" side effect.
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Male 1,253
The FCC didn't prescribe how. They just said you can't do it to the public.
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Male 1,421
Still, they may be able to claim that it is an "unfortunate side effect", and get away with it. Again, think MRI rooms. Cell signals are deliberately blocked, and it is perfectly legal.
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Male 2,621
Watching society get more and more tethered to their phones is annoying. And it is correct that people will sit 4-6 at a table and just about everybody has their phone out constantly. You can just see their thumbs getting stronger while it seems they get dumber. Just keep your customers informed of your plan...I don't see a problem.
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