FCC Proposes Rules for Cell Phone Signal Boosters

Fri, 04/08/2011 - 6:51am
By Kent German

In addition to mandating that carriers allow data roaming, the Federal Communications Commission used its regular meeting this week to propose tighter regulations for cell phone signal boosters.

The decision, which actually came yesterday, is part of an ongoing discussion within the wireless industry over whether cell phone signal boosters interfere with carrier networks. Rather than approving a request by the CTIA to ban the sale of signal boosters outright, the FCC issued (PDF) a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes guidelines for using boosters safely and effectively.

"Our goal in this proceeding is to facilitate the development and deployment of well-designed signal boosters that do not interfere with wireless networks," the NPRM states. "The record reflects that there is a genuine need for signal boosters to enhance commercial wireless networks."

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Article Source: CNET News


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