Protect Wireless Microphone Use!


Reliable, interference-free wireless microphone technology is critical for projecting sophisticated sound, enabling unrestricted onstage movement, and powering backstage communications used by stagehands. Nonprofit orchestras and other performing arts organizations rely on equipment that operates in the "white space" frequencies between broadcast channels of the television band. Interference to these frequencies can compromise the quality of onstage performances and backstage operations which could affect the safety of performers, technicians, and audiences.

Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to transfer spectrum from TV broadcasting to wireless broadband through incentive auctions. We urge Congress to support H.R. 2911, the Wireless Microphone Users Interference Protection Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL-1), which would protect the white space used by wireless technologies in the performing arts.  Tell me more


Talking Points

  • Orchestras, performing arts venues, and other performing arts organizations have made significant financial investments in their technical equipment, including wireless microphones and communications devices necessary for the production and presentation of high caliber performances. If the upcoming spectrum auction forces orchestras and other arts organizations to relocate to other bands of the spectrum, costly new equipment would likely need to be purchased.
  • The FCC already set aside two "safe-haven" channels in 2010, in recognition of the needs of wireless microphone users, but it is now considering doing away with them. H.R. 2911 would preserve the two safe haven channels for exclusive use for wireless microphones and it would include eligibility for a Part 74 license, allowing immediate access to a geo-location database that would minimize interference between wireless  microphones and other white space devices.
  • Reliable wireless microphones and communications systems are critical to performing arts organizations' ability to offer quality performances and services to their audiences and communities.
 
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The League is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, a coalition of national performing arts service organizations dedicated to advocating for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America.