I turned on the TV in my office this morning, and the first thing I saw was an advertisement placed by CTIA.org advocating expanding telecommunications further into the UHF bands, further reducing the UHF frequencies available to TV broadcasters, film and video producers, event production companies and convention centers, hotels, theaters and performers for wireless microphones, instrument systems and in-ear monitoring. This is becoming a very real threat. Yet the big players in the industry (Shure, Sennheiser, Audio Technica, etc.) are still steadfastly maintaining that UHF is their future.
CTIA's latest ad touts "wireless freedom" for users of cell phones, etc., and promises reduction in the national debt. They sign off with "It's simple. More spectrum means more freedom -- for everyone."
What it really means is that wireless microphone and monitoring users are going to have to spend millions of dollars to replace equipment that will be made useless. And, since the equipment can't be legally resold (yeah, it's a federal offense to resell the stuff!) or easily recycled, it will end up in landfills across America. CTIA has previously run ads about how "green" their initiatives are. If this kind of outcome is their idea of green, all I can see is red!
Folks, now is the time to contact your representatives in Congress. If we're not heard, we won't be heard!