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Shure Responds to Congressional Support

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinded its October deadline for issuing new regulations for governing the use of White Spaces within the TV spectrum. Sandy LaMantia, president and CEO of

Oct. 22, 2007 -- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinded its October deadline for issuing new regulations for governing the use of White Spaces within the TV spectrum. Sandy LaMantia, president and CEO of Shure, expressed his appreciation to the bipartisan group on Capitol Hill that supports wireless microphone interests.

White Spaces are unused frequencies between television channels where wireless microphones transmit in licensed operation. Certain manufacturers have lobbied Congress to open these frequencies to unlicensed long-range broadband use. In Las Vegas, the vast number of live productions creates more of a "dark gray space," where little frequency room is left, according to Mark Dennis, an audio engineer at the MGM Grand. Nevada's three U.S. representatives -- Shelley Berkley (D), Jon Porter (R), and Dean Heller (R) collaborated on a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin in support of the wireless microphone industry. "The recent report released by the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology confirms our most serious concerns -- that technology to permit safe cohabitation of unlicensed devices with wireless microphones just doesn't exist," the letter states.



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