A signal booster is also known as a cellular repeater. Like its name implies, it amplifies the way that your cell phone receives signals. Thus, it works to enhance the communication capabilities of your cell phone in many ways.
This is very beneficial to people who are living in remote areas where cellular phone signals are very low or intermittent. The use of this kind of amplifier was not approved before by the Federal Communications Commission or the FCC.
The stand of the FCC to ban this kind of device stemmed from the protests of the big wireless carriers and consumer groups. They discouraged the use of the gadget because of its tendency to affect the customers of various networks.
But according to reports from Washington Post and eWeek, cell phone users are already permitted to use their signal boosters. This was following the approval of the new regulations by the FCC.
That means, you can say goodbye to your choppy calls, problem in sending text messages and trouble in accessing the Internet.
However, the new regulations of the FCC covering the use of a signal booster will not come into full effect until March 1, 2014.
In addition, the rules do not come without a catch. Based on the new policy, the repeater must run exactly on the same band of spectrum similar to the cellular phone signal that it is attempting to enhance. This is to ensure that it will not affect the operation of other networks operating within the vicinity. Moreover, if it becomes a source of interference to other devices it should be turned off immediately.
Seeing no more harm in the new regulations, the condition set by the agency was immediately approved by major and local carriers plus manufacturers, consumers and even activist groups who were strongly against it before.
In a press release of FCC, they said that their move to eliminate the uncertainty of using signal boosters ushers further investments in the use of the amazing technology. This will surely serve as a huge benefit in terms of public safety because it can be used to provide wireless access in blind spots such as subways, tunnels and other enclosed areas that block signals from effectively coming in.
Aside from the approval of the use of signal boosters, the FCC also plans to lessen the Wi-Fi congestion in public areas like hotels, malls, restaurants, coffee shops and others. The proposal involves making a large band of spectrum available for public Wi-Fi routers and gadgets utilizing the Bluetooth technology.
The proposal of the regulatory body would mean that you will no longer have to curse your way as you try to connect your computer or mobile device in a crowded area. The plan would bolster your data speed as well.
Then again, the catch is that any group who wants to utilize this kind of technology must undergo proper consultation first to make sure that they won’t cause any interference with other users.
If you want to know more information about this subject, you can check out the FAQs section of FCC’s official website.