While most Americans are busy watching the results of the presidential elections, those of us who regularly use wireless microphones have been anxiously awaiting the results of another vote. The FCC voted today to open up the "White Spaces" to other unlicensed devices from Google, Microsoft, Motorola and others. While this will be a boon to internet access, it is likely to be a nightmare for users of wireless mics.
So far, the white space devices have not been able to successfully detect and avoid wireless mics (and at times even TV stations) more than about 50% of the time. So over the next few years, expect to start having issues with wireless mics, even if you are properly frequency coordinated and under the 698 Mhz range. It's a jungle out there, and it's going to get more crowded. Don't say I didn't warn you...
As for the proposed 700 Mhz band relocation...well, I don't know how that turned out yet. The final rules are not yet available. But as soon as I hear something, I'll let you know. As we've been saying all along, start making a plan to move out of the 700 Mhz band, whether sooner or later.
More to come...stay tuned!