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Ill use the Commodore 64/128 phone phreakers and Captain Crunch as an example why. call it right call it wrong call it indecent call it whatever but this is the real reason you have unlimited long distance at a flat rate. So here is a little schooling. Once there was a man who wanted to be able to talk to his long distance friends and family as a child. He had really good hearing and discovered that when he placed a phone call a 2600 Hertz tone was generated followed by pl tones. At the time computers were more expensive so this young man figured out how to create the 2600 Hertz tone with a Captain Crunch whistle found in the cereal box. Hence the name Captain Crunch. the phone companies spent millions of dollars reinventing the phone system so that the 2600 Hertz tone would no longer act as an operator. Well along came the break up of the Bell system and your regional Bell operator was in charge of local calls or Lata. for long distance you could choose AT&T or the new company on the block MCI. now keep in mind that to be operative you would need a local access number. You would then dial that number and access code. all went on well and good until Johnny Commodore 64 came along. The first program he invented was called phone man. this program generated random 5 digit codes as well as looked for a dialtone or modem tone. He would program the computer to dial a random set of 5 digit codes and then the BBS number. When he got a good code it made the call and the program heard the modem tone and the call goes through and the program would save the working code to disk. Now after the person was shocked at a 2,000 phone bill that code was changed a little Johnny was at it again. Johnny realized there was strength in numbers and constructed CODE LINES. This was done by hacking the admin box on a businesses VOice Mail Box (VMB). He set up black boxes for his friends to share the codes they got. The business would have an 800 number which you dial wait for the VMB to answer and punch the extension of the VMB with the code line and you had a fresh set of codes for FREE long distance. Phone company spent money for tracers and busted a few and make sure it was in newspapers. Then Johnny got the idea instead of stealing someone’s access code in the first place why not jam the very device they use to know who’s calling and where? Hence the ANI jammer was born. Now to stop this every phone switch would have to be re invented. Okay so there’s a moral to this story. Now that you have 10 thousand FM TX’s/day sold at 1Watt or 1/2 Watt its a wack a mole concept that by publicizing it brings more in on the Johnny 1 Mile band wagon. But if the NAB stays silent yes you have a micro broadcaster in the neighborhood and maybe 10/state but better than 50/city. There is a point they have to leave well enough alone. It causes more issues to draw more attention to this redily available product. Hence maybe that some agents turn away unless real interference is found. The fact every kid dont have one is that it hasn’t caught on and the “im cool I got a transmitter” has not became a status because it isn’t well known and the NAB is best to shut up and deal with it. Just my two cents so the FCC will legalize what is already being done. Something for the tools to read and ponder on that.