We’ve talked about the new FCC Part 20 Rules for consumer signal boosters on several occasions, and today is the day that they come into effect. To recap, the rules were put in place to ensure that consumers get the optimum wireless coverage they deserve and carriers don’t have to battle with uncertified boosters that interfere with their network.
So what do these rules really mean to anyone owning or purchasing a booster? In simple terms, the rules state that you must have a booster that has been approved by the FCC. If you don’t, someone could end up at your door asking you to turn over your device if it’s interfering with a carrier’s signal.
You might also find that under the new rules that wideband boosters are a little less powerful than what you’re used to. That’s because the FCC has capped system gain limits to around 70dB. Almost all these boosters are based on older legacy analog technology. The upside is that you will have a better quality device since the regulations are designed to weed out the cheap knock-offs.
The bigger advantage comes from the new category the FCC created for provider specific boosters. Because they’re designed to operate with individual mobile network operators signals, they’re considerably more powerful than their wideband counterparts (up to 100dB systems gain) and a lot more sophisticated. In fact Cel-Fi is the only provider specific, all-digital consumer booster that has made the FCC grade.
We’ve waited a long time and put in a lot of work with the FCC to help make these regulations a reality. For us, it’s a great endorsement of what our technology is all about. For consumers, it’s peace of mind, because they know they have a powerful and intelligent booster that won’t put regulators on edge.
All in all, it makes buying a booster that much simpler because you know you’re getting top quality and performance.
Is your booster FCC compliant? We can help you find out.
By the Cel-Fi Team