We’ve been getting a lot of calls over the last few months about the FCC timetable for transitioning from wireless bands that we all currently use. Here’s what we know:
WIRELESS MICROPHONE TRANSITION TIMETABLE
FOR MICROPHONES OPERATING IN THE BANDS
54-72 MHz, 76-88 MHz, 174-216 MHz, 470-608 MHz, AND 614-689 MHz
Beginning December 23, 2015 – Applications for certification of wireless microphone transmitters under the new rules may be submitted to the FCC. Beginning nine months after the release of the Channel Reassignment Public Notice, or no later than December 26, 2017 – Applications for certification of wireless microphone transmitters must comply with the new rules.
Beginning 18 months after the release of the Channel Reassignment Public Notice, or no later than September 24, 2018 – Manufacturing and marketing of wireless microphones that do not comply with the new rules must cease.
Unlicensed use of wireless microphones operating on 566 up through the 600 MHz band must cease no later than 39 months after the release of the Channel Reassignment Public Notice.
This transition does not affect wireless microphones operating in the bands 902-928 MHz, and 2.4 GHz. Current product in these frequencies will continue to be legal to manufacture, market, sell, and use.