Certifications Get a Boost

5/1/2014

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission), www.fcc.gov, has a big job when it comes to certifying cellular signal boosters. The organization needs to carefully balance the needs of consumers with potential interference to the wireless networks. As such, it recently adopted a new regulatory framework.

Back on Feb. 20, 2013, the commission adopted new technical requirements for signal boosters and established a two-step transition process, which included ceasing accepting applications for equipment certification of signal boosters that do not comply on or after March 1, 2014 and require all signal boosters marketed, distributed, or sold in the United States to meet the new rules.

Naturally, there was some initial pushback. In December 2013, one company requested a waiver of the rules to allow it to continue to sell its legacy boosters past the March 1, 2014 deadline, requesting an extension until Aug. 31, 2014 and preferably until Dec. 31, 2014. In time, the commission came back with this response: “We find that a short extension of 60 days, until April 30, 2014, is warranted to allow for adequate review and testing of these devices and to allow others to complete testing of their devices and apply for certification.”


With this, the new deadline had been marked. Since that time, a number of signal booster companies have come to market announcing certification for boosters.

One such company is Wilson Electronics, www.wilsonelectronics.com. The provider recently announced its line of cellular signal boosters has completed FCC certification.

With this news, in addition to the recent news about FCC certification of Wilson Electronics Mobile Pro, the company now has 12 signal boosters certified within the 2014 standards. This includes the newly announced DB Pro 4G, which is built to provide voice and 4G data coverage inside energy-efficient buildings.

These types of boosters result in fewer dropped calls and lost connections, fewer dead zones, faster data downloads, clearer voice quality, and improved cellular device battery life. Wilson’s boosters also feature SmarTech III cell site protections, which prevent the possibility of interference with cellular networks.

With newly certified boosters, consumers will have an opportunity to reap the benefits of using signal boosters, while preventing any potential interference to wireless networks. It will be interesting to watch as the signal booster market continues to move forward, considering the new FCC requirements.

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