FCC Allows Private Signal Boosters to Enhance Mobile Device Coverage
NEWS ANALYSIS: New rules for signal boosters are intended to reduce the chances of interference and provide better coverage in areas with weak signals.The food that appeared before me on the table at Jaleo near Washington, DC, was startlingly beautiful. Once again, legendary chef Jose Andres and his staff had put together a meal that promised to be more than just memorable. I couldn’t wait to take my first bite of the understated chicken fritter and experience the explosion of taste that I knew would come. But first, I wanted to share the experience, so I took out my phone so that I could Tweet out a photo. There was no phone service. And not only was my carrier, T-Mobile, not present, neither was AT&T nor Verizon. I was in a dreaded signal-free zone. I regretted not having brought an extra ham radio with me just in case some emergency should arise. You can’t be too careful, you know. Virginia could get another earthquake and then where would I be? Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the wireless carriers to blanket the entire North American continent with enough cell coverage that the signals would make your teeth glow at night, I was in an uncovered area. I felt as if civilization was retreating even as I began to enjoy my meal.