700 MHz FCC Update FCC Announces End Date for Wireless Mic Operation in 700 MHz Band

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reorganized the UHF television spectrum, which is also used by many wireless microphones, wireless in-ear monitors, wireless production intercom systems, and other professional wireless audio and video equipment.  The spectrum between 698 and 806 MHz—known as the “700 MHz band”—has been reserved for exclusive use by Public Safety agencies and licensed wireless service providers.

The FCC has ordered that wireless microphones, in-ear monitors, and related equipment must cease operations in the 700 MHz band (698–806 MHz) after June 12, 2010, or earlier under certain conditions.  This rule change does not apply to wireless systems that operate in other frequency ranges—only systems that operate on frequencies between 698 and 806 MHz are affected.

The order applies to all wireless system users regardless of whether the user holds an FCC license. The order also requires microphone users to cease operations in specified 700 MHz frequencies within 60 days upon receipt of a notice from a wireless carrier or public safety entity authorized to use the spectrum, or, alternatively, within 60 days of the release of an FCC Public Notice specifying that certain 700 MHz frequencies are no longer available for wireless system use in a particular market.

To determine whether your Shure wireless systems are affected by this FCC Order, follow these steps:

  1. Take inventory.
    Determine which Shure wireless products you have.  See the document How To Determine The Model Number And Frequency Code Of Shure Wireless Components for instructions and photos.  Don’t forget to include frequency-specific accessories such as directional antennas and antenna distribution systems.
  2. Check the list.
    Check the list of Shure Wireless Systems Operating in the 700 MHz Band.  Any component that appears on this list must be retired from service before June 12, 2010.  
  3. Get help. For assistance in determining the appropriate Shure replacement products for obsolete 700 MHz equipment, contact Shure Applications Engineering by email at support@shure.com or by telephone at 800-516-2525.

For additional information, read Shure’s Frequently Asked Questions About The FCC’s 700 MHz Order and Spectrum Changes Overview.

Questions?  Contact Shure at support@shure.com or 800-516-2525.