By Clive Young
New York (February 21, 2007)--As noted at this website and in the pages of February's Pro Sound News, Shure, Inc. has been taking an increasingly vocal role as the government moves towards allowing new, unlicensed devices to operate in television broadcast bands, or "White Spaces." However, more pro audio professionals need to speak up concerning the outcome of the proposed White Space reallocation, in order to protect the interests of wireless microphone users. To make it easier for interested parties to speak out, Shure has added a resource page to www.shure.com with information about this
Issue, at www.shure.com/ProAudio/PressRoom/WhiteSpaces/index.htm.
The site centralizes--and simplifies--the process of filing formal and informal complaints with the FCC; The period for filing formal comments is open until March 2; meanwhile, you still file informal comments until October, 2007. Instructions and links that provide help with filing comments are included in this new section on the Shure website, as are letters to legislators from industry partners such as NAMM, NARAS and the Grand Ole Opry.
This isn't Shure's first foray into the issue; after lobbying for years, the company recently decided to "put a face" to the people affected by the issue, and organized a trip to Washington, D.C. with several representatives from the Grand Ole Opry, SVG, PAMA, and several nationally known producers and audio engineers to meet with legislators and the FCC.
Shure 'White Space' Information/Comment Site
By Clive Young