FCC 700 MHz Mic Ban Goes Into Effect June 12
WASHINGTON: The FCC today warned against the sale of
wireless microphones tuned to the 700 MHz band. Following last June’s digital
transition, the FCC reallocated the spectrum for public safety
and 4G consumer communications equipment. The ban affecting wireless mics and a
handful of other devices goes into effect June 12.
“The FCC now prohibits the manufacture, import, sale, lease, offer for sale or
lease, or shipment of wireless microphones and other low-power auxiliary
stations that operate in the 700 MHz band and are intended for use in the
United States,” the advisory states.
The commission is requiring all U.S. retailers, including those online, to
remove prohibited equipment from displays. They must also provide the following
disclosure statement for consumers:
“Most users do not need a license to operate this wireless microphone system. Nevertheless,
operating this microphone system without a license is subject to certain
restrictions: the system may not cause harmful interference; it must operate at
a low-power level--not in excess of 50 milliwatts--and it has no protection
from interference received from any other device. Purchasers should also be
aware that the FCC is currently evaluating use of wireless microphone systems,
and these rules are subject to change. For more information, call the FCC at
1-888-CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC) or visit the FCC’s wireless microphone Web
site at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones.
-- Deborah D. McAdams