700 MHz Spectrum

White Space Update — Reminder to Vacate 700 MHz Band by June 12!

As we have been reporting, on January 15, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an Order and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking making effective their call for wireless microphone users to vacate the 700 MHz spectrum by June 12, 2010. Performing arts organizations using wireless microphones must comply with the FCC’s order and leave the 700 MHz Band as soon as possible.

To aid in this process, the FCC has made available an online resource for wireless microphone users that includes a Manufacturers Equipment list of affected wireless microphone systems and a Frequently Asked Questions section. You can also call the main FCC switchboard at 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) and select Option #2 to speak with someone about vacating the 700 MHz Band.

In addition to the above, two member organizations of the Performing Arts Alliance have created resources to help members through this transition process:

• Association of Performing Arts Presenters

• Theatre Communications Group

If you have not already done so, be sure to confirm the frequencies on which your wireless microphones operate. If they operate in the 700 MHz Band, consult the resources above to verify if your equipment can be modified to operate outside of the affected spectrum. Depending on make and model, some of your equipment could be re-banded with a new frequency range, so it is important to begin this process immediately.

As you may remember, the 700 MHz Band frequencies are now being used by public safety entities (such as police, fire, and emergency services) and by commercial providers of wireless services (such as wireless broadband services). The wireless microphones that had been operating in the old TV broadcast channels can cause harmful interference to these public safety and wireless consumer services. Therefore, all users of wireless microphones (or certain low auxiliary stations) that operate on any of the frequencies in the 700 MHz Band – including both licensed users (under Part 74) and unlicensed users – now have to stop operating in this band.

The Performing Arts Alliance urges you to spread the word about the June 12 deadline to vacate the 700 MHz Band to any colleagues affected by this decision. As the FCC moves forward to consider how wireless microphones should be regulated in the future, the Performing Arts Alliance will continue to update you on any decisions that affect the performing arts community.

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