The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as been investigating the use of cellular signal boosters by individuals and businesses. Since this issues closely affects our business and our customers, we are keeping a close eye on the progress.
The FCC has issued an announcement on their investigation progress. We are very happy that they recognize the need for cellular signal boosters and have indicated its intent to increase booster certification standards. FCC commissioners have issued a “Notice of Proposed Rule Making” (NPRM) that proposes new requirements. Once the NPRM is published in the Federal Register there will be a 75 day comment period seeking input on the technical standards boosters will be required to meet.
In the next phase of the process, the FCC will take comments from the public, manufacturers, and the cell carriers before adopting any new certification standards. The current proposal would give manufacturers and resellers six months from the date of adoption to comply with the new regulations.
The following is a response from Wilson Electronics (weBoost):
Wilson Electronics Issues Statement on the FCC’s Issuance of an NPRM in Regards to Cell Phone Signal Boosters
– In response to the FCC’s decision to issue an NPRM on the regulation of cell phone signal boosters, Wilson Electronics issues the following statement from Joe Banos, COO, Wilson Electronics”
St. George, Utah – April 7, 2011 – “Wilson Electronics commends the FCC and its Commissioners for its issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which will gather industry suggestions as to what specifications cellular signal boosters should meet in order to obtain FCC certification.
Today’s action ensures that cellular signal boosters can continue to benefit consumers in underserved areas and help public safety officials in their jobs.
We are pleased the FCC agrees that new standards for signal boosters are needed. We are hopeful that as the rulemaking process proceeds, the Commission will adopt the standards proposed by Wilson in 2009 to protect consumers from poorly designed boosters that can interfere with cellular service and damage service provider networks.
We’re also hopeful that the NPRM process can bring Wilson Electronics and the cellular service providers to the table to discuss what needs to be accomplished on a practical technical level. This would ensure that signal boosters can continue to provide individual and commercial users as well as government and Public Safety officials with a valuable tool that allows them to use their cellular devices in more places, with no risk of interference to providers’ cell sites.”
About Wilson Electronics, Inc.
Wilson Electronics, Inc., a leader in the wireless communications industry for more than 40 years, designs and manufactures a wide variety of cell phone signal boosters, antennas and related components that significantly improve cellular communication in mobile, indoor, and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. All Wilson products are engineered, assembled and tested in the company’s U.S.-based headquarters. Wilson boosters fully comply with FCC regulations for cellular devices and are FCC type accepted and Industry Canada certificated. Wilson Electronics has developed and patented microprocessor-controlled signal booster technology, which protects cell sites by preventing network interference due to oscillation or site overload.