Thursday, May 01, 2014

New FCC Rules for Wireless Amplifiers Now In Effect (5/1/14)

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The FCC adopted new requirements for cellular amplifiers back in 2013, but the requirements did not fully go into effect until May 1, 2014. As of today, all cellular amplifiers sold must comply with the new rules and the older models can no longer be sold. All amplifiers currently sold by 3Gstore are FCC-approved and meet the new rules, which include:
  • Amplifiers must be sold in complete kits that include cabling and antennas
  • Amplifiers must be designed to limit interference and automatically shut down when necessary
  • The packaging must include a label like the below example:
fcc amplifier warning label

Additionally, users must register their amplifiers with their cellular provider. This does not cost anything and all of the major carriers in the US (including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and over 80 regional providers) have given blanket consent for all of the new FCC-approved amplifiers as long as they are registered with them. Below are the direct links to register amplifiers with some of the carriers:
If you purchased an amplifier before May 1, 2014, and it does not meet the new requirements, YOU DO NOT NEED TO WORRY! All amplifiers purchased prior to 5/1/14 are grandfathered in and you may continue to use your amplifier. However, if the FCC or your service provider determines that your amplifier is interfering with the wireless network in any way and asks you to stop using it, you must comply (or adjust your installation so that it is no longer causing interference).

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