That prediction was that the FCC would let those major telco companies that had bought exclusive access to these frequencies do their own policing on this issue.
It seemed that it was time to look at this issue again, to see if there was any record of the FCC taking actions against wireless mic users. A quick scan of enforcement-related “Field Notices” at the FCC web site did not turn up any actions related to wireless mic use. I guess that that is not really surprising after only ten weeks.
I did turn up a document, however, that would seem to confirm my June prediction. It is a form letter issued by Verizon Wireless (one of the companies now controlling the 700 MHz spectrum) that is being sent directly to wireless mic users who are considered to be in violation of the FCC ruling.
In the letter Verizon claims “exclusive” license to the 700 MHz spectrum and, thus, a right to “protection” against harmful interference that might be caused by wireless microophones.
Verizon then refers to a specific “violation” of the new law and demands that the recipient of the letter “immediately cease operations of such devices”.
In the final paragraph of the letter, Verizon Wireless refers the recipient of the letter directly to the FCC with any questions they may have.
What happens next? Check back here, or better yet, let us know if you have actually received one of these letters.
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