FCC ADOPTS ORDER TO CLEAR THE 700 MHZ FREQUENCY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEXT GENERATION CONSUMER USERS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 15, 2010

Washington, D.C. – Today the Federal Communications Commission adopted an Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking prohibiting the further distribution and sale of devices that operate in the 700 MHz frequency. This action helps complete an important component of the DTV Transition by clearing the 700 MHz band to enable the rollout of communications services for public safety and the deployment of next generation 4G wireless devices for consumers.

 

The order will primarily impact the use of wireless microphone systems that currently operate in the 700 MHz band. These unlicensed devices cannot continue to operate in this band because they may cause harmful interference to public safety entities and next generation consumers devices that will be utilizing the 700 MHz frequency. Thus, the Commission is making clear that no devices utilizing this frequency may be sold or distributed. In order to ensure that individuals and groups currently using unauthorized devices in this band have ample time to transition to appropriate frequencies, the FCC is providing a sunset period until June 12, 2010, one year from the DTV Transition.

The Commission is also unveiling an aggressive consumer outreach plan in order to assist consumers who have previously purchased wireless microphone systems and other related devices that utilized the 700 MHz band. Through the Commission’s website, www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones, consumers can learn whether their wireless device is currently operating in the prohibited band and whether their devices may be retuned to operate on another band. Consumers may also call 1-800-CALL-FCC to ask questions regarding this transition.

The findings in the Order will be effective upon release of the item. Action by the Commission, January 14, 2010, by Order. Chairman Genachowski, Commissioners Copps, McDowell, Clyburn, and Baker. Chairman Genachowski issuing a statement. Docket No. WT 08-166.

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