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By Elizabeth Woyke

The fate of cellular signal boosters has long been uncertain in the U.S. Wireless carriers say the devices, which amplify signals between cell towers and cellphones, interfere with their networks.

Booster manufacturers say their products fill an important niche by extending cellular service to people who live in rural and densely populated urban areas where the carriers’ signals are weak.

The warring sides have stymied resolution of the issue, which has been stuck in the “open docket” phase at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for three and a half years. But an FCC official tells Forbes that a decision is expected soon, with key components scheduled for vote at the agency’s early April meeting.

To read the complete article go to: http://blogs.forbes.com/elizabethwoyke/2011/03/17/fcc-decision-on-cellular-signal-boosters-imminent/

Article Source: Forbes.com

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