Reminder: FCC Mic Deadline Hits This Saturday
Changes may prove costly for churches, as will non-compliance

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission set a deadline of June 12–this Saturday–for organizations to stop using any wireless systems, including microphones, currently operating in the 700 megahertz (MHz) frequency.

The restriction includes churches.

Your Church published a more in-depth article on the FCC's ruling, "Racing the FCC Mic Deadline," which provides more details.

Churches need to determine if their wireless mic systems comply with the new rules. Several say the changes will result in thousands of dollars in costs. Church leaders who aren't sure whether their systems use the frequency can find out on a website created by the FCC.

The FCC says the deadline will help eliminate potentially harmful interference with public safety systems now using the frequency. The deadline also will allow companies that purchased slices of the spectrum in 2008 to now pursue next-generation 4G wireless devices, the FCC says.

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