The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) released an Order on Reconsideration and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing four petitions for reconsideration of the Wireless Microphones R&O concerning licensed wireless microphone operations in the TV bands, the 600 MHz “duplex gap,” and several other frequency bands, as well as three petitions for reconsideration of the TV Bands Part 15 R&O concerning unlicensed wireless microphone operations in the TV bands, the 600 MHz guard bands and duplex gap, and the 600 MHz service band.  In the Order, the FCC makes technical revisions to the spurious emission limits that the Commission had adopted for licensed wireless microphone operations in several frequency bands and for unlicensed wireless microphone operations in the TV bands, and the 600 MHz guard band and duplex gap.  In addition, with respect to licensed wireless microphone operations in other frequency bands, the FCC adopts revisions to the channelization plan for licensed wireless microphone operations in the 169-172 MHz band.  Finally, the FCC terminates proceedings begun in 2008 and 2010 concerning various wireless microphone issues.

In the FNPRM, the FCC proposes to permit certain qualifying professional theaters, music, and performing arts organizations to obtain a Part 74 license that would allow them as licensees to obtain interference protections from white space devices in the TV bands and, when needed, also to operate in other spectrum bands available for licensed wireless microphone operations under Part 74.

The comment dates, pursuant to the  Federal Register are as follows:

Comments are due October 2, 2017.

Reply Comments are due October 16, 2017.

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