If you travel a lot or live in a rural area, WiFi signal boosters can be a crucial part of your daily life. Wireless signals aren't strong everywhere in this country, but sometimes you just can't be without Internet. That's why the fact that the FCC might be about to ban all cell signal boosters is so disturbing. IntoMobile interviewed Wilson Electronics COO Joe Banos about the real dangers posed by cell boosters.
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These devices can actually be disruptive to wireless networks. They have a tendency to oscillate at a high frequency, which can cause interference to nearby wireless networks. There is also the potential to 'overload' competing carrier signal sites. Banos claims that a 'properly designed' booster can detect those situations and shut down before doing any damage.
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Basically, this seems to be an issue of standards. The FCC needs to require certain minimum safety requirements on all signal boosters. That certainly seems to be a much more rational response than simply banning them. How else are we supposed to get mobile broadband out in the middle of nowhere?