T-Mobile calls were getting nasty static, so the FCC told a Brooklyn bitcoin miner to shut it

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T-Mobile calls were getting nasty static, so the FCC told a Brooklyn bitcoin miner to shut it
You can't make some stuff up, and the FCC putting a Brooklyn bitcoin miner on notice to prevent static noise from interfering into T-Mobile subscribers' calls there, is one of those. Yes, T-Mo customers in southern Brooklyn have been ranting about weird static (read: hissing noises) emanating from their earpieces with each phone call, to the extent that the Federal Communications Commission had to be involved to figure it out.

The FCC agents rolled up their sleeves, and fired up their digital sniffers to narrow down where all that interference might be coming from. Hopping from one zip code to the next, they found the culprit in 11229, at Sheepshead Bay, and located it further to be someone's... Antminer s5 Bitcoin Miner. 

We aren't making this up - the rig was apparently "generating spurious emissions on frequencies assigned to T-Mobile’s broadband network," in the coveted 700MHz spectrum. The Feds waited to see if the static noise in people's calls will cease when the bitcoin miner is switched off, and it did, so they then gave the owner 20 days to take action, or else they may shut down the whole wild cryptocurrency ride.


source: FCC (PDF) via Bloomberg

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