Last week the FCC released a wireless microphone compliance guide for small businesses and organizations. The guide is quite thin, for a guide, and it does not tell us anything we did not already know from the initial R&O released earlier this year. But, it is a distillation of some relevant portions of that dense tome, and for that reason, if you don’t have the time to read the entire R&O (you don’t), your time will be well spent reading the guide. We also summarized some of the information in the R&O here.
The compliance guide covers the following topics:
The expanded eligibility requirements for facilities operating more than 50 devices, which now entitles them to Part 74 licensure. Sadly, there are no instructions for how a facility is supposed to go about obtaining a license. (Hopefully, the RF Venue blog will cover that in the near future)
Unlicensed devices will still be eligible for database protection under certain circumstances. We wrote about this process at length, here.
A reiteration of the hierarchical rights of licensees, and non-interference rules with higher ranking services. Part 74 users are secondary users, and must yield to primary users, like TV stations.
A discussion of the obligation of wireless microphones to vacate spectrum auctioned in the incentive auctions.
Image courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives. (Try and find a better picture to illustrate a post about small entitiy compliance guides, I dare you).