FCC Approves CommScope Request for Waiver of Signal Booster Labeling Requirements
Friday, September 11, 2020 | Comments

The FCC approved a request from CommScope for a waiver of the commission’s labeling requirements for signal boosters. Specifically, the waiver will allow CommScope to use a single label to designate its PSR 700/800 signal booster as a class A and class B industrial signal booster.

The FCC said granting the request would advance the commission’s goals of ensuring that providers have access to a wide array of signal boosters necessary to address coverage issues while maximizing proper operation of these devices.

Under the FCC rules, all signal boosters must contain a label indicating whether the booster is class A or class B. CommScope said that it developed a signal booster that can operate as either class depending on the configuration chosen by the end user. CommScope requested a waiver so that it can label the signal booster as both A or B.

The company argued that grant of the waiver request was in the public interest because it preserves the intent of the commission’s rules, which is to increase rule compliance and provide operation instructions, while providing Part 90 licensees increased choice in signal booster options and flexibility to deploy a single model in a variety of environments.

CommScope argued that public interest would be frustrated by requiring it to obtain two separate labels and certification for class A and B since the device is capable of operating in both modes.

The FCC agreed with CommScope finding that allowing the request, combined with user interface (UI) safeguards CommScope built into the booster, would ensure rules compliance.

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