Cell Signal Booster Registration
What’s FCC Registration? And why should I bother registering?
Your mobile signal connectivity at work isn’t good. So you go on eBay and buy a Cell Signal Booster. You install it and bingo! … It’s all great. You’re getting good coverage and everything’s fine. Then one day, after about a week, you find that it stops working properly and your device starts interfering with the cell phones of your co-workers and everyone’s coverage becomes unstable.
What happened? Easy. Your eBay purchase is an old Cell Signal Booster which doesn’t conform to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations. It interfered with the cellular network near your workplace and caused you and your colleagues to miss or drop calls. If you’d registered your faulty unit with your service provider, you’d have known the unit was non-FCC compliant... and saved yourself and your colleagues a lot of trouble.
So here’s the point. Some Cell Signal Booster equipment you can buy today may not conform to the technical standards necessary to ensure that cell connections are safe, secure and functioning correctly. Imagine how you’d feel if you’d installed some faulty equipment and an essential 911 call didn’t get through causing real harm or hardship?
What are these new rules and do you have to register?
About a year ago, the FCC introduced new rules designed to improve the performance and stability of cell signal boosters so that they wouldn’t cause network interference. After a short delay from the original implementation date of March 1st, 2014, the rules come into force on April 30th, 2014, after which time all new Cell Signal Booster kit must conform to the appropriate technical specification. Of course, the main target of these new FCC rules are the network operators and manufacturers of the cell signal booster equipment. But one section of the new rules talks about the responsibilities of cell phone users and what they need to do before they can install and use a cell signal booster.
What do you need to know?
First of all, the rules are not retrospective. If you’ve already got some Cell Signal Booster equipment, you don’t have to replace it. But be warned, unlike some trustworthy and expert suppliers like Powerful Signal, for example, there are some unscrupulous companies out there who will try to persuade or pressure you to trash your existing equipment and replace it with a new, conforming, unit. So if you get an email or other communication from one of these companies telling you to replace your equipment or suffer prosecution, ignore it. There is no certainty that older units will cause problems, and the FCC have said that unless they receive a report that a particular Cell Signal Booster is generating network interference, they will not require consumers to buy new equipment. Neither will they actively pursue users of existing Cell Signal Boosters which are causing no harm.
Next, you should know that Cell Signal Boosters which do conform to the new rules will become available from Spring 2014. This equipment has been designed to technical standards pre-approved by the Wireless Providers and so can be connected to their networks without difficulty or worry.
However, like every piece of consumer electronics equipment, Cell Signal Boosters do sometimes suffer hardware failures or software glitches. These events are very rare, but given the large numbers of Cell Signal Boosters in operation, some failures are inevitable.
Consequently, in order to make sure that wireless providers can swiftly trace and isolate a failed unit and restore network stability for all users as quickly as possible, consumers are required under the revised FCC regulations to register new Cell Signal Boosters with their wireless provider. This is a simple, quick, free-of-charge on-line process which also makes sure that customers meet the FCC’s other stipulation alongside registration - that they seek carrier approval prior to operating their Cell Signal Booster on a particular network.
How do you know that a piece of equipment conforms to the FCC rules?
This question is easy to answer. New boosters will carry labelling stating that the equipment conforms to the new rules, both on the device and on the packaging. The packaging should also contain information for users about how they register their equipment. There are two types of label, one for Consumer Equipment and one for Industrial Users.
The label on Consumer Cell Signal Booster Equipment will contain the following information and look something like this:
The label on an Industrial Use Cell Signal Booster will contain the following information and look something like this:
Consumers may not use Cell Signal Boosters designed for industrial use, so check the label before you buy.
And that’s about it.
This is a brief introduction to the new FCC regulations and how they will impact the everyday user. We hope you’ll agree that the impact is not very great and that there are benefits in registering, the biggest single benefit being that if you’re having problems, your network provider will be able quickly to identify the faulty Cell Signal Booster, fix the problem and let you get back to making your calls without interruption. And of course if it’s your equipment that’s gone faulty and causing problems without your knowledge, you’ll avoid the embarrassment of having to explain to your co-workers or neighbors why you haven’t registered.
For more information about the new FCC regulations check out:
And very shortly, we’ll be posting a longer Resource Document looking at some of the technical aspects of the regulations as they come into play from May 1st. So come back regularly to look for that article and the others that will be emerging over the next month or two.
For more information about this topic or anything related to cell signal boosters, contact Powerful Signal.