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Wireless Microphones

Wireless microphones are used to transmit sound to an amplifier or recording device without need of a physical cable. Typical users include theaters, churches, schools, conference centers, theme parks and musicians and other performers.

Wireless Microphone Prohibitions

The operation of wireless microphones and similar devices is prohibited from certain frequency bands for public safety reasons and commercial concerns. The sale of wireless microphones or similar devices intended for use in the United States in the 700 MHz Band was banned by the FCC in January 2010, and use of the devices in the 700 MHz Band was prohibited as of June 12, 2010. “Similar devices” include wireless intercoms, ear monitors, audio instrument links and cueing equipment.

The 700 MHz Band – between 698 and 806 MHz -- is now reserved for use only by public safety groups, such as police, fire and emergency services, and commercial providers of wireless broadband services. Use on broadcast bands outside of the 700 MHz Band was not affected by the ban, and can continue. Microphones and similar devices with cords are not affected by this prohibition.

Background

Operation of Wireless Microphones in 700 MHz Band Prohibited After June 12, 2010 (PDF format)

Fact Sheet: Distribution, Sale and Use of Wireless Microphones Operating in the 700 MHz Band Prohibited (PDF format)

Frequently Asked Questions about Wireless Microphones (PDF format)

  • 06/09/10
    Wireless Microphones Are Not Permitted to Operate on Certain Frequencies after June 12, 2010; Users are Urged to Check Their Equipment and Take Necessary Steps to Ensure Compliance. 
    Enforcement Advisory: Word | Acrobat

  • 05/28/10
    FCC Reminds Consumers of June 12, 2010 Transition for 700 MHz Wireless Microphones. 
    News Release: Word | Acrobat

  • 5/26/10
    EA2010-03: Wireless Microphones
    Manufacture, Importation, Sale, and Lease of 700 MHz Wireless Microphones Is Prohibited; Consumer Alert Required for All Other Wireless Microphones At the Point of Sale or Lease.
    Public Notice: Word | Acrobat

  • 02/22/10
    Effective Dates of Rules Relating to Wireless Microphones and Other Low Power Auxiliary Stations.  This Public Notice announces the effective dates of certain rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in the Wireless Microphone Report and Order following approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
    Public Notice: Word | Acrobat

  • 02/18/10
    Seven-day Extension of Time to File Comments and Reply Comments on Wireless Microphones Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.  Revised Comment Deadline: March 1, 2010. Revised Reply Comment Deadline: March 22, 2010.
    Public Notice: Word | Acrobat

  • 01/15/10
    Revisions to Rules Authorizing the Operation of Low Power Auxiliary Stations in the 698-806 MHz Band.  This order adopts specific language that must be used in the consumer disclosure that is required by Section 15.216 of Appendix B in the Wireless Microphone Report and Order Released on January 15, 2010.
    Order: Word | Acrobat

  • 01/15/10
    FCC Adopts Order to Prohibit the Distribution and Sale of Devices Operating in the 700 mhz Frequency and to Clear the band for Public Safety and Next Generation Consumer Uses.
    News Release: Word | Acrobat
    Order: Word | Acrobat
    Genachowski Statement: Word | Acrobat

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