FCC Frequency Reallocation: What It Means for Your Wireless Broadcast Equipment

By March 14, 2018 April 23rd, 2018 News

Migration from the 600MHz Spectrum Has Now Started and Will be Completed by July 2020


The FCC Spectrum Auction
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) completed the first-ever “incentive auction” designed to repurpose part of the UHF TV spectrum to mobile and cable companies.

A significant portion of the TV band spectrum in the 600 MHz band, including most of the spectrum on TV channels 38-51 (614-698 MHz), has been repurposed for the new 600 MHz service band for use by wireless services, and will no longer be available for entities within the broadcast and entertainment industry.

Auction Results: “600 MHz Band Plan”
Wireless microphone transmitter and receivers that operate in the 600 MHz service band (the 617-652 MHz and 663-698 MHz frequencies) will be required to cease operation no later than July 13, 2020, or sooner, to comply with new federal regulations. Leading up to that transition date, the new occupants have the right to test or turn on their new systems. We noticed that some occupants are aggressively activating their new equipment already. 

Starting in October 2018, the manufacturing, sale, lease or shipment of wireless mics that operate in the 600 MHz service band frequencies will be prohibited in the U.S.

What Now?
To avoid interference, check if your current wireless equipment operates in the 600 MHz spectrum. If it does, there are a number of companies offering trade-in promotions or re-tuning services for a limited time, including Lectrosonics, Sennheiser, Zaxcom, and Audio-Technica.

Go Wireless With Confidence
When renting gear from Bexel, rest assured that your production will not be in violation of the new FCC rules. Our Frequency Coordination Services will help reduce the risk of your production experiencing any radio frequency (RF) issues.

Contact us if you would like a consultation for your wireless systems’ FCC compliance and spectrum reallocation deployment needs. We can assist in replacing, re-banding, or reprogramming your current inventory.

Bexel and Bexel TSS offer specialty audio services that include:

  • System Evaluation and Consulting
  • Band Planning
  • Frequency Coordination
  • Equipment Trade-In, Disposal, or Upgrade
  • Facility-Wide Coverage Solutions (MAS)
  • Wireless System Integration

With the FCC Repacking, you wireless systems may no longer work. To avoid interference, please contact us to ensure your wireless microphones and IFBs, wireless intercom, belt packs, antennas, batteries, and headsets are all working properly for your next production.

About Bexel
For over 35 years, Bexel, an NEP Broadcast Services Company, has been a leading global provider of outsourced innovative broadcast solutions for producers of sports, entertainment, and live events. Our services include production equipment rentals and engineered solutions for 4K and specialty cameras and lenses, RF audio and intercom, production workflow, custom flypacks, frequency coordination, and fiber optic solutions. We pride ourselves on exhibiting operational excellence from concept to completion. From our custom shipping cases designed for each rental package to save our client valuable time and money, to our commitment to quality when designing, building and installing full-service broadcast infrastructures, Bexel’s reliability is unmatched for providing value-engineered solutions and services.

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