Alexandria, VA – (July 29, 2011) In comments filed July 25 in the FCC’s proceeding regarding wireless boosters and repeaters, The DAS Forum, a membership section of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, stated that the FCC should avoid issuing rules that would stifle innovation and the slow deployment of distributed antenna systems (DAS) as it seeks to regulate the use of wireless signal boosters.
The DAS Forum emphasized the need for the FCC to recognize the differences between commercial, enterprise applications for fixed boosters and retail, end-user applications, which are more likely to cause interference with wireless networks. The DAS industry deploys boosters using only professionally manufactured equipment and professional installers, and employs network monitoring systems to ensure optimal DAS network performance and reduce interference. DAS networks utilizing fixed boosters are integrated into buildings by the property owner, a neutral host provider, or carriers themselves, to address identifiable coverage and capacity constraints.
The DAS Forum stated that while it does not fundamentally oppose the commission’s proposed “license by rule” framework—noting the framework shares many of the same goals as the DAS Forum’s own proposed Code of Conduct—the proposed rules should be amended to guard against interference without encumbering the DAS industry. Specifically, the DAS Forum states that the FCC should facilitate the continued timely and effective coordination between professional booster installer/operators and licensees by clarifying what constitutes coordination within the proposed licensing framework and establishing reasonable timelines for coordination.
The DAS Forum stated that it agrees with the commission’s proposal for labeling and marketing requirements because such requirements enhance coordination. This in turn would eliminate the need for stringent manufacturing and operating requirements for professionally installed fixed boosters used in enterprise deployments—burdensome and unnecessary requirements that will impair the deployment of vital wireless infrastructure. Additionally, the group stated that effective coordination will allow for continued use of existing fixed boosters, which in turn will maintain the services upon which consumers rely without adding extensive costs.
View the comments in their entirety.