Wednesday, January 13, 2010

FCC Clears 700 Mhz Band

The FCC adopted an order prohibiting the further distribution and sale of devices that operate in the 700 MHz frequency. The order will primarily impact the use of wireless microphone systems that currently operate in the 700 MHz band.

This action helps complete an important component of the DTV Transition by clearing the 700 MHz band to enable the rollout of communications services for public safety and the deployment of 4G wireless devices for consumers.

The Commission has published a website to assist consumers who have previously purchased wireless microphone systems and other related devices that utilized the 700 MHz band.

"Our decision will accelerate the buildout of 4G wireless networks, and will prevent interference with first
responders who rely on the 700 MHz Band for mission-critical communications," stated FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

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