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Best Practices for Incorporating FCC Rules for "In-Building" System Deployments

Greg Glenn  (Senior Director, Comba USA)

Don Henry  (Vice President of Sales, Comba USA)

Nathaniel Hinkle  (Telecommunications Manager, Collier County, FL)

Gary Gray  (Radio System Manager (Ret.), Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Anderson Bennett  (FCC Enforcement (Ret.), Federal Communications Commission (Ret.))

Michael Proscia  (Senior Communications System Technician, City of San Francisco)

Location: W230C

Date: Monday, March 25

Time: 10:10 am - 11:10 am

Track: In-Building Wireless, First Responder Communications

Topic: Critical Infrastructure, P25, Project Management, PTT, Regulatory, Spectrum, System Resiliency

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Last year's presentation focused on the importance of following the FCC rules when installing "in-building" signal enhancement equipment. This was in response to the inordinate number of interference complaints due to the improper use of signal boosters and other inbuilding enhancement equipment.

This year's presentation will focus on best practices that should be incorporated to eliminate the interference issues that are being experienced by licensees nationwide. This will require the efforts of all who are involved in the industry. In the United States the use of signal boosters and all telecommunications devices are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC published a set of rules for the use of signal boosters using well founded logic and engineering, working with manufactures and engineers. Unfortunately, over the last 7 to 10 years these rules have been ignored resulting in serious LMR interference problems. In this session we will bring together licensees, equipment manufacturers and engineering consultants to discuss the best way to turn the tide by following the intent of the FCC rules and eliminating interference issues.

Key Takeaways:
• Understanding how to work with the licensee on every signal booster installation.
• Understand how interference problems manifest and present themselves and why it is so important to avoid them.
• Understand the process of engineering interference free signal booster installations from a technical perspective.
• Understand the actual documentation that a licensee must receive from an integrator to assure that any enhancement system is likely to perform well, prior to system construction.