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HaLow 900 MHz. Goodbye 900 MHz.

It seems like only a year ago—wait, actually it was two years ago that I wrote an article about the 900 MHz ISM band and its potential for small…


WRC-15 Upholds UHF Broadcasting and Wireless Microphones As Services of Value - In Europe, Asia, and Africa - For Now

The World Radio Congress (WRC) is held every few years by The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), who invite an esteemed congress of delegates from 193 member states (FYI, only three…


Why Live Events Matter

The spectrum we use—the UHF broadcast band—is going away, and the devices we operate—analog FM radios—are ill-equipped for the digital and database controlled ecosystems they are…


Cross-Industry Coalition Brings Incentive Auction Rulemaking to Screeching Halt Over Concerns About the Duplex Gap

Yesterday the FCC was—at long last—set to rule on the final rules for the incentive auctions. The incentive auctions have been delayed innumerable times, and the Commission, at…


FCC Further Clarifies Wireless Microphone Rules for New 600 MHz band, Guard Bands, Duplex Gap

We still don’t have the final, final rules for the Incentive Auctions, but we are getting damn close. The purpose of the hair-splitting document, “Incentive Auction Second Order on…


AT&T Wants Wireless Microphones Out of 600 MHz Before 39 Months

AT&T filed a comment that stakes out what they believe to be the rights of auction winners in the new 600 MHz band. Chiefly, that they should be…


LPTVs and Wireless Microphones: Friends?

Broadcasters and wireless microphone users are cut from the same cloth. Some of the earliest inventors of wireless microphones were broadcasters, and they were among the first to widely adopt…


The Time to Get Licensed Is Now

With the 600 MHz auction knocking, it has never been more important for large-scale users of wireless audio devices to get a Part 74 license. Thanks to regulatory changes, publicly…


When Installing Wireless A/V in Large Facilities, Anticipate Growth

As a Technology Manager, I have struggled with planning ahead to ensure wireless microphone systems will play well together in the future. Some of my installed customers have facilities with…


Thoughts On Municipal Broadband

There has been no shortage of regulatory intrigue on the subject of public internet and WiFi. In October, the FCC fined Marriott hotels $600,000 for blocking WiFi hotspots during…