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Jul/22/2016 - 06:04:34 pm

FCC Guidelines for Booster Manufacturers and Wireless Network Providers

Verizon has over 10,000 registered consumer signal booster users , and that number has more than doubled in the last year.††Any customers that want to purchase a consumer signal booster to enhance coverage in rural or other areas may now choose from multiple booster models designed to work on their service providerís network.

And those thousands of boosters are working out great:

Prior to adoption of the current rules, Verizon and others cited numerous examples of interference to wireless and public safety networks caused by poorly manufactured or malfunctioning signal boosters. But the consumer signal booster design requirements adopted by the Commission, which were initially developed by a group of wireless carriers and booster manufacturers, have all but eliminated the interference problems caused by signal boosters manufactured prior to the rules taking effect.††Indeed,†Verizon has experienced no significant booster-related interference issues since 2014.

AT&T has voluntarily consented to allow all listed consumer signal boosters to operate on its network. AT&T has not separately denied consent or is not separately reviewing any consumer signal booster models.

T-Mobile has strongly supported rules that would protect networks from interference but, at the same time, allow for the development and use of a variety of types of signal boosters.†The Commissionís adoption of this approach appears to be a success.††The lack of any known serious widespread incidents demonstrates that the process has worked well and generally prevented poorly designed consumer devices from entering the market, while making signal boosters widely available and easily usable by consumers.

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