The FCC adopted new rules for wireless signal boosters on February 20, 2013. These rules are described below, but do not go into full effect until March 1, 2014.
Read the Consumer Advisory for consumers who own signal boosters.

Consumer Signal Boosters

Consumer Signal Boosters are designed to be used “out of the box” by individuals to improve their wireless coverage within a limited area such as a home, car, boat, or recreational vehicle. The FCC recently adopted new rules to improve signal booster design so these devices won’t cause interference to wireless networks. The FCC also adopted new rules about what cell phone users need to do before using a signal booster. Learn about these new requirements in the Signal Boosters FAQ.
Consumer Signal Boosters

The FCC’s new rules affect you whether you currently own a signal booster or are thinking about purchasing one. There are two things you need to do in order to use a booster:

  1. Get approval from your wireless provider and
  2. Register the specific booster with your wireless provider.

Many wireless providers, including AT&T, Sprint, T–Mobile, Verizon, and many others, have agreed to allow the operation of consumer signal boosters that meet the FCC’s new rules.


If the booster has this label (all consumer boosters sold after March 1, 2014, and some sold prior will have this label):

It is possible that the warning label looks different than the sample label below. However, the warning label must include the same information.

Consumer Label

  1. Verify that your provider has given permission (e.g., AT&T, Sprint, T–Mobile, Verizon) , or else get permission from your wireless provider to use it.
  2. Register your booster with your wireless provider before turning it on. Each wireless provider that gives permission for boosters to be used must provide a free registration system.

Note: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T–Mobile have approved all boosters that contain the label, so you do not need to get approval again.


If the booster does not have this label

It is possible that the warning label looks different than the sample label below. However, the warning label must include the same information.

Consumer Label

  1. Get permission from you wireless provider to use it.
  2. Register your booster with your wireless provider before turning it on. Each wireless provider that gives permission for boosters to be used must provide a free registration system.

Information needed to register your booster

At a minimum, wireless providers must collect:

  1. the name of the Consumer Signal Booster owner and/or operator, if different individuals;
  2. the make, model, and serial number of the device;
  3. the location of the device; and
  4. the date of initial operation.

More information is available on the signal boosters FAQ page.