BREAKING NEWS –
The latest on the 700 mHz Transition, Direct from the FCC!
So, faithful reader, I just got off the phone with my contact within the FCC. According to him, the 700 mHz Prohibition has NOT YET taken effect. It was *tentatively* tied to the original DTV Transition date, but never finalized. With the passage of the DTV Delay Act, that Transition deadline has been moved to June. The 700 mHz Prohibition date, however, has not yet been set.
There is a rules and regulations committee working on this specific issue within the FCC right now, to lay out the specific groundwork for the Prohibition and to outline the implementation of the new public safety devices within that frequency. This committee will also be specifying the guidelines under which ‘white space devices’ (which may or may not include wireless microphones) may operate in that frequency band.
In short, the answer at this point is still, “We don’t know.” Though, unlike before, this is an official “We don’t know” which is followed by an official “…but we’re working on it.” AVDawn now has a direct contact with the FCC with someone who is part of this committee – with both email and telephone for contact purposes. I will remain on the case and stay in contact with him to provide you with the latest news on this issue as soon as policy is developed.
In the mean time, consider this a short reprieve if you still use 700 mHz wireless microphones. However, since their decision and deadline may be announced at any moment, I recommend taking action now. Better to be prepared too soon than too late! Don’t risk your company (or your clients’ companies) – Call your A/V firm (or your clients, if you ARE an A/V firm) and make the switch NOW. Several microphone manufacturers are offering trade-in rebates for 700 mHz mic systems. You should take advantage of those limited-time offer rebates and rest easy that your company will be prepared and legal, regardless of when the ultimate 700 mHz change over occurs!