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Signal Booster Manufacturers Reminded of March 1, 2014 Compliance Date

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Released: December 13, 2013

Federal Communications Commission
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DA 13-2389

December 13, 2013




On February 20, 2013, the Commission adopted new technical, operational, and
registration requirements for signal boosters in order to enhance wireless coverage for
consumers, particularly in rural, underserved, and difficult-to-serve areas, while ensuring that
boosters do not adversely affect wireless networks.1 Pursuant to our new rules, on or after March
1, 2014, all signal boosters - Consumer and Industrial - sold and marketed in the United States
must meet our new requirements for such devices. Specifically, “no person, manufacturer,
distributor, or retailer may market, distribute or offer for sale or lease any Consumer Signal
Booster that does not comply with the requirements of this section to any person in the United
States or to any person intending to operate the Consumer Signal Booster within the United
States at any time on or after March 1, 2014.”2 In addition, all signal boosters marketed on or
after March 1, 2014 must be appropriately labeled.3
We remind signal booster equipment manufacturers of the March 1, 2014 equipment
compliance deadline. The new technical requirements for signal boosters will require additional
time for review and processing of applications for equipment certification.4 We encourage signal
booster manufacturers to promptly file equipment certification applications in order to meet the
March 1, 2014 compliance date.

1 Amendment of Parts 1, 2, 22, 24, 27, 90 and 95 of the Commission's Rules to Improve Wireless Coverage Through
the Use of Signal Boosters, Report and Order, 28 FCC Rcd 1663 (2013). The Office of Management and Budget
approved the new information collection requirements in these rules on August 21, 2013, and those rules took effect
upon publication in the Federal Register on September 11, 2013. 78 FR 55648.
2 47 C.F.R. § 20.21(g).
3See 47 C.F.R. § 20.21(f).
4 The FCC Lab permits Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCBs) to review and process applications for
equipment authorization of consumer signal boosters. However, since the test procedures are still under
development, TCBs are required to consult with the FCC Lab prior to issuing grants. (See KDB 935210 at and The additional
review will require testing of samples by the FCC Lab and may add six weeks or more of time to the normal TCB
review process. Manufacturers may want to contact TCBs to obtain estimates on review and approval time.

For additional information, please contact Joyce Jones, Mobility Division, Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau, at (202) 418-1327, or email:
Action by the Chief, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.
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