Shure Responds To FCC Moves

NILES, IL—On the heels of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order that the operation of wireless microphones, in-ear monitors, and related equipment in the 700 MHz band will not be permitted after June 12, Shure Incorporated reiterated its commitment to assist wireless system users with the transition.

Mark Brunner, senior director global brand management, said: “Complying with this firm date will still be challenging for some users, but we remain committed to making the transition as easy as possible for them under the circumstances. It’s time for one final push to prevent interference with the new users of the spectrum.”

Shure has not sold equipment operating in the 700 MHz band since 2007, although many of these units remain in service in theaters, schools, meeting facilities, and houses of worship.

In addition to offering technical guidance and assistance in determining appropriate replacement products, Shure is extending its 700 MHz rebate until June 30, 2010. The rebate offers up to $1,000 per system for customers who purchase a new Shure wireless system and send in their old 700 MHz system, regardless of manufacturer.

In relation to Shure’s ongoing efforts regarding the “white spaces,” Shure president and CEO Sandy LaMantia expressed the company’s strong support for legislation recently introduced by Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) that proposes to protect 13 different classes of wireless microphone users from interference that could result from the operation of new devices that the FCC has approved for the white spaces currently occupied by wireless microphone users.

The Rush legislation, H.R. 4353, would require the FCC to provide access to an electronic database where 13 classes of wireless microphone users will register their frequencies, thereby protecting their operation from interference from signals transmitted from the newly approved white spaces devices.