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 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.
Signal Boosters certified by the FCC after February 20, 2013, must comply with the new rules. In addition, equipment that is sold and marketed in the United States must meet the FCC’s new requirements as of March 1, 2014. Learn about these new rules and other new requirements.
Signal Boosters may only be operated with the permission of wireless providers. 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. In addition, wireless providers need to provide a method for signal boosters to be registered by consumers before the signal boosters can be used. Learn about this process and other important information.