The following report is the result of a FCC investigation of what is likely to be the first instance of a bitcoin mining operation interfering with T-Mobile’s 700Mhz LTE network.
An investigation by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission discovered that a Brooklyn residence’s bitcoin mining operation had interfered with T-Mobile US Inc’s broadband network.
In its complaint to the FCC, T-Mobile US Inc stated its 700 MHz LTE network in Brooklyn found evidence of disturbance from radio emissions coming from a Brooklyn residence who was verifying bitcoin transactions.
FCC’s investigation determined the Brooklyn resident user was “generating spurious emissions on frequencies assigned to T-Mobile’s broadband network and causing harmful interference.”
In the agency’s letter dated 15-02-2018, the FCC stated continued usage of the “Antminer s5 Bitcoin Miner” would constitute a violation of federal law and could result in fines, criminal prosecution or seizure of the equipment.
T Mobile did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In her tweet, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wrote the “letter has it all: #bitcoin mining, computing power needed for #blockchain computation and #wireless #broadband interference. It all seems so very 2018.”