FCC Reminds Non-Licensees to Register Part 90 Signal Boosters
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | Comments

The FCC issued a public notice to remind building owners and other non-licensee operators of Part 90 private LMR (PLMR) signal boosters that they may not operate these boosters until they obtain the express written consent of the licensee(s) whose signals they would re-transmit and register Class B signal boosters with the FCC.

Failure to do so risks harmful interference to first responders and others and may subject the operators to enforcement action.

Part 90 PLMR signal boosters include a variety of devices that serve multiple users simultaneously and are designed to improve, for example, public-safety agency radio coverage in large but confined areas such as stadiums, airports, office buildings, hospitals, tunnels and educational campuses.

The FCC recognizes that many building owners install Part 90 signal boosters to comply with building codes that require the building owner to ensure that users, typically first responders, have seamless indoor radio coverage when they respond to an incident. But, improperly installed or operated signal boosters can interfere with the very communications they are designed to re-transmit. It therefore is essential that the licensees whose signals are re-transmitted and the commission have accurate information on such boosters.

The public notice is here.

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