National Endowment for the Arts
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| White Space
Wireless technology is critical to the performing arts as it allows for unrestricted on-stage movement, creates sophisticated sound, and powers the backstage communications used by stagehands. Nonprofit performing arts organizations, commercial theaters, schools, and performers rely on this equipment which 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 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-1st IL) which has provisions to protect the white space used by wireless technologies in the performing arts.
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