Churches may be affected by FCC change on wireless microphone frequencies

Following shift to all-digital television signals
When the switch to all-digital television signals was completed nationwide in mid-June amid great fanfare, many churches were unaware that their wireless microphone systems could be affected.

The Federal Communications Commission auctioned off the lower half of the 700-megahertz band to several telecommunications companies and reserved the upper half of that spectrum for law enforcement, fire and safety operations and municipalities. Many of the sound systems in houses of worship operate in that 700-megahertz band.

So what will be the impact on congregations?

“That’s going to vary widely [according to] where the church is located,” said Rex Campbell, media-services manager for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Churches in rural areas may not notice any problem, he said.

“In the more urban areas, it’s a little different. The more crowded the airwaves are, the more likely there will be interference,” he explained.


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