US – FCC final rule “Promoting Spectrum Access for Wireless Microphone Operations”

The FCC has published a final rule regarding “Promoting Spectrum Access for Wireless Microphone Operations”. From the FCC summary:

Promoting Spectrum Access for Wireless Microphone Operations AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.


ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission addresses several petitions for reconsideration regarding recent decisions regarding wireless microphones. Specifically, the Commission makes technical revisions to the spurious emission limits that it had adopted for licensed wireless microphone operations in several frequency bands, and for unlicensed wireless microphone operations in the TV bands and in the 600 MHz guard band and duplex gap. The Commission also clarifies output power measurements and how certain antenna related part 15 rules apply with respect to unlicensed wireless microphones, and revises and clarifies requirements for existing and legacy unlicensed wireless microphones during and after the post-incentive auction transition period. This action promotes the Commission’s goal of accommodating wireless microphone users’ needs through access to spectrum resources following the incentive auction and reconfiguration of the TV bands.


DATES: Effective October 2, 2017, except for amendments to §§ 74.803(c) and (d), which contain new or modified information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104–13, that are not effective until approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Commission will publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the effective date once OMB approves.

The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in the rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of December 17, 2015. 


Full details can be found here.