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FCC Extends Wireless Mic Comment Deadline to March 1

New York (February 19, 2010)--The Federal Communications Commission has extended the deadline for public comments relating to proposed changes in wireless microphone licensing rules.  The comment period, which would have expired on February 22, now closes on March 1, 2010.
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New York (February 19, 2010)--The Federal Communications Commission has extended the deadline for public comments relating to proposed changes in wireless microphone licensing rules. The comment period, which would have expired on February 22, now closes on March 1, 2010.

The Commission determined that the public interest would be served by a brief extension of time in which to file comments, due to the extensive adverse weather conditions that affected the Washington, D.C. area and surrounding regions in recent weeks.

“The complex issues raised in this proceeding have far-reaching ramifications for the entire wireless microphone community, many of whom do not normally follow Commission activities,” said Mark Brunner, Senior Director, Global Brand Management at Shure Incorporated. “The extension gives wireless microphone users a greater opportunity to develop a complete and meaningful record for the Commission’s consideration.”

The FCC permits wireless microphone operation either with or without a license. However, in the near future, licensed users may be afforded greater protection against interference from future consumer wireless TV Band Devices (both fixed and portable) that will operate in the same spectrum as wireless microphones.

The FCC is seeking comments from wireless users that will assist them in determining who should be eligible for a wireless microphone license. They need to know how you use wireless systems and how your productions and/or your business would be affected by sporadic interference from new TV Band Devices.

If you rely on wireless audio equipment, it is critical that you submit comments to the FCC before the deadline.

For guidelines on how you can submit comments on this issue, send an email message to wirelessmicrophones@shure.com. You will receive a reply message with details on what information must be included in your comments and how to file them with the FCC.