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This is a summary of the Commission's Public Notice released on October 5, 2012. The full text of the public notice is available for inspection and copying during business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. It may also be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor at Portals II, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554; the contractor's Web site,
The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Office of Engineering and Technology invite interested parties to update and refresh the record pertaining to two specific issues raised in the Commission's 2010
Subsequently, in the
Considering the time that has passed since the Commission issued the
In the subsequently released
The Commission requests that interested parties update and refresh the record on whether the Commission should expand license eligibility under part 74, subpart H for certain operators of unlicensed wireless microphones or other low power auxiliary devices at specified venues. The Commission asks that commenters advocating an expansion of the eligibility requirements for part 74 LPAS licensing be as specific as possible. To the extent that the Commission chooses to expand license eligibility only for certain users that have wireless microphone requirements substantially similar to those of broadcasters, precisely which class(es) of users and uses would fall into this category? More specifically, which type(s) or class(es) of entities and which type(s) of venues or events—whether by type of event, level of quality of service necessary for the event (
Should the Commission establish more specific criteria for eligibility for a low power auxiliary station license at a specified venue? For instance, the Commission could require that an entity applying for a license establish each of the following—(1) that the specified venue periodically hosts events that require the same level of “professional” high production-quality audio as the type needed for broadcast productions; (2) that these events involve a live production, with an audience in attendance, or a rehearsal for such events; and (3) that the venue size meets specified criteria depending on the type of venue or event (
The Commission also seeks comment on which type(s) of entities would hold the license for operations at a specified venue. Should the Commission only license specific venues? Under such an approach, a venue (or a responsible party for the venue) would be licensed, the venue could be registered in the TV bands database system, and the venue operator, or professional audio companies that act as agents under a venue's license when carrying out their engineering responsibilities, could then work directly with the TV database administrators to register the needed wireless microphone channels for particular events and times. Alternatively, might the Commission license professional production companies for operations at specified venues? The Commission seeks comment on these or other approaches.
As the Commission observed in the
The Commission asks that commenters update the record on advances in the wireless microphone technologies that are enabling more efficient use of spectrum. In particular, the Commission asks that commenters provide detailed information on the use of more efficient advanced digital technologies. The Commission notes that Shure recently introduced digital wireless microphones that operate in the UHF band that can support up to 14-15 systems on a single 6 megahertz TV channel. Sennheiser has similarly announced its new digital microphone for the UHF band, which uses technology that allows operation of up to 12 wireless microphones on a six megahertz channel. The Commission seeks comment on the state of development of digital technologies from these and other wireless microphone manufacturers, and further development that is anticipated over the next few years. The Commission asks that commenters present information on the production values, interference implications, and performance impact of these new microphones. What bandwidth efficiencies are achievable while still maintaining adequate performance for the specific use? What are the interference implications, particularly as they relate to intermodulation interference on packing more microphones into less bandwidth? Are there filters available to mitigate these effects? How does the fidelity and latency of these new microphones compare to existing equipment and are they adequate for professional musical and theatrical performances?
What steps should the Commission take to require or encourage further development of digital wireless microphones? For example, to accommodate more efficient use, should the Commission implement a requirement to reduce the bandwidth below 200 kHz over an appropriate period of time, and if so what timeframe would make sense from an equipment development and user transition point of view? The Commission notes that the Commission has adopted requirements to promote spectrum-efficient technology for other operations, and the Commission asks that in updating the record in this proceeding commenters address whether the Commission should adopt efficiency standards for wireless microphones to encourage spectral efficiency. If so, how should the Commission establish those standards, and what timeframes would be appropriate to transition to any such standards? The Commission also seeks comment on whether and how the Commission should facilitate a transition to digital wireless microphones.
This proceeding has been designated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with the Commission's
Pursuant to §§ 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.415, 1.419, interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the first page of this document. Comments may be filed using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).
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