Why Is Mobile Coverage So Much Better Overseas?

The FCC licensing rules for cellular frequencies requires that networks only sell and use equipment that works on their specific frequency. Carriers can’t install cannot make any cash selling repeaters to their customers in the U.S. so why bother when the FCC prevents innovation? By contrast, in Asian countries like South Korea repeaters are installed in every apartment complex, shopping mall, and even on street corners. Unless the FCC makes an exception for repeaters, it’ll be a while before we see similar market penetration here in the States. See related article

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