Wireless Deadline—Public Comment February 22

Feb 5, 2010 10:35 AM

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When the FCC announced on January 15 that all professional wireless users had to be out of the 700MHz spectrum by June 12, 2010, it wasn’t unexpected, but it did set in motion a series of deadlines for public comment, licensing and database creation/monitoring. The first deadline, for public comment on the expansion of Part 74 license eligibility, is February 22.

Since 1977, the FCC has recognized two categories of professional wireless use: broadcast and motion picture and television program producers. Under consideration is an expansion of that eligibility to other professional uses, such as theater, houses of worship, system contracting and many others. This Public Comment period is designed to gather information on who should be eligible for a license and who shouldn’t. Later it will be determined how those licenses will be entered into a geo-location database and who will be in charge of monitoring licensed users.

Watch a video on Mark Brunner of Shure on the importance of filing Public Comment in the next three weeks.

Shure Microphones, along with other manufacturers, have spent millions of dollars lobbying Washington and urging support for license expansion in the wake of the 700MHz announcement. All professional wireless users are encouraged to submit, on company letterhead details on the types of use, the number of mics and wireless systems of all types, and the support for license expansion under Part 74. Comments may be submitted to fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/. Refer to Proceeding 10-24. Shure has offered to answer questions regarding the filing process through a special e-mail address at wirelessmicrophones@shure.com.

“Right now, the FCC is aware of the hundreds of systems at a U2 concert or the tremendous needs of the Super Bowl,” says Shure’s Chris Lyons. “They are also aware of the thousands of single users out there. Who they really need to hear from are the thousands of operators who fall in the middle, the small theaters or houses of worship which may use dozens of systems.”

Wireless users are further encouraged to write their representatives in Congress in support of House Bill HR4353, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois and currently working its way through the legislative process. The National Football League has already signed on in support.

Read sister publication S&VC's FCC Frequently Asked Questions.






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