FCC 600MHz Wireless Notice - the final word

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Today, we received information from Shure that tells the final story of the FCC 600MHz incentive auctions pretty well, and very definitively. 

Sennheiser, Shure and Audio-Technica have all stopped offering systems in the 600MHz range, and we started down that road a couple years ago on our own.  We are now following the FCC mandate that we add the following disclaimer to our point-of-sale materials.  As of earlier in 2017, there is no option to order a 600MHz wireless microphone system from our website, and our team has been instructed to tell you about the hazards over the phone. 


CONSUMER ALERT

This particular wireless microphone device operates in portions of the 617-652 MHz or 663-698 MHz frequencies. Beginning in 2017, these frequencies are being transitioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the 600 MHz service to meet increasing demand for wireless broadband services. Users of this device must cease operating on these frequencies no later than July 13, 2020. In addition, users of this device may be required to cease operations earlier than that date if their operations could cause harmful interference to a 600 MHz service licensee's wireless operations on these frequencies. For more information, visit the FCC's wireless microphone website at www.fcc.gov/wireless-microphones-guide or call the FCC at 1- 888-CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC).


The primary takeaway is that as of July 13, 2020, use of wireless microphones in those ranges must be stopped, and if a licensed user (think T-mobile, Dish Networks, Comcast) begins testing or use prior to that date, that you are also required to yield to that user.  Add to that the fact that your wireless systems will not work in the face of that testing and/or use. 

If you have 600MHz wireless systems in use currently, it's time to plan for these upcoming changes.  Please let us know your questions. We can help you select new systems for the future.