It seems that churches are being turned into lawbreakers by the FCC
It is certainly not news that churches, technically at least, are legally required to have licenses for their wireless mics.
At this time of year when so many churches produce special events that use wireless mics, this issue has been brought back into sharp focus.
A group called the White Spaces Coalition has come together to advocate for the use of unused broadcast spectrum intended for televison to actually be used for wireless internet. This is group of lightweights. Members include Microsoft, Google, Dell, Earthlink and Samsung among others.
While the FCC has turned a deaf ear to unlicensed wireless microphone users in the past, it is unlikely that those who make up the White Space Coalition will allow the FCC to continue to ignore the use of spectrum that is now seen as being so valuable.
I have written before about how these companies are pushing the FCC to build databases of unused broadcast spectrum nationwide.
The chances that a high school theatre or “Sunday only” wireless mic user will be able to stay under the radar if the spectrum they use is commandeered for wireless internet use, since these sorts of services are in as high demand in rural areas and secondary markets as they are in major metro areas.
If you don’t think Microsoft will turn the FCC loose on you, you don’t know Microsoft.
You can read more about the White Space Coaltion here.
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