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FCC Expands License Eligibility for Certain Wireless Microphone Users

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Released: May 15, 2014

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:

May 15, 2014
Cecilia Sulhoff (202) 418-0587
Email: cecilia.sulhoff@fcc.gov

FCC EXPANDS LICENSE ELIGIBILITY FOR CERTAIN WIRELESS MICROPHONE USERS

TO ENSURE INTERFERENCE PROTECTION, HIGH QUALITY SOUND FOR LARGE

EVENTS

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today took steps to recognize the
important social, cultural, and economic benefits of low power auxiliary station operations, including
wireless microphones, by expanding license eligibility for qualifying users.
In new rules adopted today, the Commission expands Part 74 license eligibility to include professional
sound companies and venues that routinely use 50 or more wireless microphones, where the use of
wireless microphones is an integral part of the major productions or events they host. The Commission
concluded that these users generally have the same need for interference protection as existing Part 74
licensees and the sophisticated knowledge and capability to manage use and coordination of a large
number of wireless microphones.
Wireless microphone users that do not routinely use 50 or more devices may continue to operate as they
do today, on an unlicensed basis. The measured approach taken today strikes an appropriate balance in
providing the benefits of a license for entities and events that have a demonstrated need, while ensuring
that spectrum is shared effectively with existing Part 74 operations and remains available for other uses,
including TV white space devices.
The actions the Commission takes today are part of the broader efforts to address the needs of wireless
microphone users in connection with the Incentive Auction Report and Order adopted today. The
Commission will continue to examine these important issues in related proceedings this summer.
Action by the Commission May 15, 2014, by Report and Order (FCC 14-62). Chairman Wheeler,
Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai and O’Rielly.
WT Docket No. 08-166, WT Docket No. 08-167, and ET Docket No. 10-24
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