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Press Release, Statement

Press Release, Statement

April 26, 2019

CTIA and ASCA Statement on Contraband Phone Task Force Report .

WASHINGTON – The following statement is for joint attribution to CTIA®, the wireless industry association, and the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) about today’s report submitted by CTIA and ASCA. This report details a range of activities and efforts the task force has taken over the past year, including a summary of the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation’s (VT-ARC) technical assessment of different Contraband Interdiction System (CIS) technologies that was also submitted today. Dr. Charles Clancy, an internationally recognized expert in wireless security and Bentley Professor of Cybersecurity, Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, led the VT-ARC team’s testing at the task force’s request.

“CTIA and ASCA today submitted a report detailing the activities of the Contraband Phone Task Force.

The wireless industry and corrections officials are committed to combatting the illegal use of contraband cellphones by prison inmates. Last year, the wireless industry and corrections officials formed a Contraband Phone Task Force to examine potential technological, legal, and administrative challenges and solutions to combat contraband devices while accounting for the interests of legitimate wireless users. This report details the task force’s significant efforts to date. We are encouraged by this ongoing collaboration and look forward to continued coordination between industry and corrections officials on this critical issue.”

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CTIA® ( represents the U.S. wireless communications industry and the companies throughout the mobile ecosystem that enable Americans to lead a 21st century connected life. The association’s members include wireless carriers, device manufacturers, suppliers as well as apps and content companies. CTIA vigorously advocates at all levels of government for policies that foster continued wireless innovation and investment. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices, hosts educational events that promote the wireless industry and co-produces the industry’s leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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