700 MHz and Wireless Mics:
No Resolution Yet
Readers may recall that on November 28, 2007 we published a posting entitled "700 MHz Auctions About to Start - But FCC Hasn't Evicted Wireless Microphones Yet". Well, in the past 13+ months:
- FCC has finally proposed evicting them,
- NAB, MSTV, and Shure have asked for an extended phase out period including public safety and other licensees being required to notify wireless mic users to vacate - but not giving the slightest hint how to find this unlicensed and lawless crowd; and recently
- A coalition including Alcatel-Lucent, APCO, AT&T, CTIA, Motorola, NENA, PISC, Qualcomm, and Verizon Wireless wrote FCC on this issue.
"the Commission to take swift action to ensure that the use of low power auxiliary stations (e.g., wireless microphone systems) in the 700 MHz band does not threaten the future use of important spectrum that is being made available with the DTV transition."So a lot has happened since SpectrumTalk first pointed out the problem, but nothing has been resolved. Maybe when FCC has to deal with deciding between pleasing the broadcasters and pleasing public safety it really doesn't know what to do?