Amplifiers/repeaters are a cell signal’s steroids. They help pick up distant cell signals and amplify them, greatly improving users’ data speeds and call quality. In particularly rural areas, they have saved many a device from being burned in effigy. But then they got on the bad side of the law, or more specifically the FCC. The FCC feared that amplifiers would interfere with other nearby cell signals. The FCC worried that people like the emergency services wouldn’t be able to get calls out because repeaters were messing with their signals.
This kind of interference was low levels at best, but the FCC was seriously considering banning cellular amplifiers altogether. This sent a shockwave of fear through amplifier manufacturers like Cellphone-Mate and Wilson Electronics, because believed that being banned by the FCC would crush their growing business. This caused them to go into overdrive to help to resolve the issues that FCC had.
The FCC gave the amplifier industry a set of guidelines in February of this year that they must adhere to for them to be considered safe to use. Manufacturers worked with the FCC to create these guidelines. This way they could ease the fears of the FCC without creating a market where the amps would be useless. Now the FCC has ruled that the amplifier manufacturers can continue to sell amplifiers, as long as they follow the new rules by March of next year.
So what does this mean for the average consumer? This means that retailers will be able to sell amps without restrictions. Businesses as well as consumers are now considered to be on the same footing when it comes to buying amps. This means the person in rural Georgia won’t have to jump through hoops to get an amp that the rural georgia bus driving service doesn’t have to get an amp.
You can buy an amp for anywhere and use it how you please. Manufacturers are hoping this will take their already burgeoning business to the next level. As people’s need to stay connected have grown so has companies like Cellphone-Mate and Wilson Electronics’ hopes for a market for their products.