FCC Looks to Revise Rules for Wireless Microphones
Thursday, July 13, 2017 | Comments

The FCC took action to revise and clarify its rules to promote more effective spectrum access for wireless microphone operations in the TV bands, the repurposed 600 MHz band and other frequency bands. The commission also proposed to address the wireless microphone needs of certain small professional theater, music, performing arts and similar organizations.

Because less spectrum will be available for wireless microphone operations as a result of the incentive auction and repacking of TV band spectrum, the FCC has taken actions in recent years to accommodate wireless microphone users’ needs by providing access to spectrum in various frequency bands — both on a licensed and unlicensed basis.

In an order on reconsideration, the FCC addressed petitions for reconsideration of two 2015 Commission orders. The order provides revisions and clarifications to certain technical and operational rules — spurious emissions rules, measurement of emission limits, coordination rules, access to spectrum in certain bands — that promote spectrum access.

The further notice proposes permitting professional theater, music, performing arts and similar organizations, to obtain licensed access to operate wireless microphones at smaller venues, provided certain requirements are met.

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