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FCC Ban Silences Preachers
Nanny State Liberation Front ^ | 06/10/2010 | NSLF

Posted on 06/10/2010 10:03:11 AM PDT by H8LIBERALS

If you're hoping to hear the Word of God being preached from the pulpit next time you go to church, you might want to brush-up on your lip reading skills.

A new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that goes in to effect on June 12 mandates that anyone or organization that uses a wireless microphone operating in the 700 MHz band must cease and desist. Countless ministers across the nation will likely be struggling to amplify their voices for their congregations to hear this weekend.

Do not be alarmed if your church minister is suddenly arrested by federal agents during Sunday service. He or she has been warned by the FCC that resistance to the wireless microphone ban is futile ...

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1 posted on 06/10/2010 10:03:12 AM PDT by H8LIBERALS
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To: H8LIBERALS

The FCC needs to be disbanded, along with the majority of Government organizations and departments.

This is sick...


2 posted on 06/10/2010 10:05:06 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (I'll just say the 2nd amendment to the Constitution is there for a reason!)
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To: H8LIBERALS

Another Cass Sunstein ‘nudge’.

When the nudge becomes a shove, the shooting will srtat not long after.


3 posted on 06/10/2010 10:06:11 AM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: H8LIBERALS

This has to be some sort of sick joke.


4 posted on 06/10/2010 10:06:37 AM PDT by sweet_diane (For Gulf Coasters: If you see oily or injured wildlife call 1-866-557-1401)
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To: H8LIBERALS

Go ahead FCC give it a whirl...I WILL BEAT THE EVERLIVIN’ ^*&)^ out of ANY Federal Turd who trys this.


5 posted on 06/10/2010 10:06:51 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: H8LIBERALS

I’ll be waiting with baited breath to find out how many Clergy are hauled off in handcuffs this weekend by Federales. My prediction? Zero.


6 posted on 06/10/2010 10:07:23 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Here is something you can't understand...")
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To: H8LIBERALS

Why the 700 MHZ range? Are there others available?

Is there a stated reason?


7 posted on 06/10/2010 10:09:22 AM PDT by marron
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To: Lucky9teen

We are all criminals existing at the mercy of the prosecutors.


8 posted on 06/10/2010 10:09:22 AM PDT by DManA
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To: H8LIBERALS

How did the gospel manage to get preached for 1900+ years without the benefit of wireless microphones?


9 posted on 06/10/2010 10:10:53 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." --Orwell)
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To: H8LIBERALS
A new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that goes in to effect on June 12 mandates that anyone or organization that uses a wireless microphone operating in the 700 MHz band must cease and desist. Countless ministers across the nation will likely be struggling to amplify their voices for their congregations to hear this weekend.

Let me guess - GE is rolling out a new line of wireless microphone products?

10 posted on 06/10/2010 10:12:36 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (....just doing the job(s) that Catholics refuse to do....)
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To: H8LIBERALS

Uh... most wireless mics operate under the 700MHz range. So who will this affect?


11 posted on 06/10/2010 10:13:14 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: H8LIBERALS
For heaven's sake, this is not a government conspiracy and is part of a sub-band reallocation for public safety use. It is a change that has been in the works for - maybe - a year or two and all FCC hearings and submissions for rulemaking were observed in accordance with the law.

All anyone has to do is buy wireless microphones not in the restricted 700-MHz band.

Sheesh.

12 posted on 06/10/2010 10:13:37 AM PDT by TheGeezer
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To: H8LIBERALS

In fact, the wording of this article is just.plain.goofy.


13 posted on 06/10/2010 10:15:08 AM PDT by TheGeezer
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To: H8LIBERALS

If the device was legal when bought, use it at your pleasure. When the feds offer to reimburse you for the cost of your 700 MHz unit or give you a mic set on a different frequency, then you have something to consider.


14 posted on 06/10/2010 10:15:52 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (We're coming for you....)
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To: marron

The author won’t tell you unless you click on his blog. And I bet he still doesn’t tell you (no, I’m not clicking on the link).


15 posted on 06/10/2010 10:16:23 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: H8LIBERALS
Do not be alarmed if your church minister is suddenly arrested by federal agents during Sunday service. He or she has been warned by the FCC that resistance to the wireless microphone ban is futile ...
Outrageously goofy. Bravo Sierra, Bravo Sierra, Bravo Sierra.
16 posted on 06/10/2010 10:17:07 AM PDT by TheGeezer
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To: TheGeezer

Blogpimps are hardly ever coherent.


17 posted on 06/10/2010 10:17:13 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: marron
All emergency communications via direct radio communication will be set in the 700MHz range after June 12th. This is being done nationwide at the recommendation of the FCC to better coordinate communication across different communities and emergency responders in the event of a widespread emergency. The use of other devices in this frequency range could hinder emergency communications.
18 posted on 06/10/2010 10:18:35 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: marron
The power output of handheld mics is very limited, so unless someone complains about interference, no one will get fined.
19 posted on 06/10/2010 10:18:38 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: H8LIBERALS

Why did the FCC make this rule?

Certain wireless microphones have operated in frequencies that are needed for public safety. When these microphones were first designed, the frequencies they used were in between the frequencies that television stations used to broadcast television programs. With the completion of the digital television (DTV) transition on June 12, 2009, television stations no longer use the frequencies between 698 and 806 MHz (the 700 MHz Band) for broadcast. These frequencies are now being used by public safety entities (such as police, fire and emergency services) and by commercial providers of wireless services (such as wireless broadband services).

The wireless microphones that had been operating in the old TV broadcast channels can cause harmful interference to these public safety and wireless consumer services. Therefore, all users of wireless microphones (or certain low power auxiliary stations) that operate on any of the frequencies in the 700 MHz band – including both licensed users (under Part 74) and unlicensed users – now have to stop operating in this band.

The FCC is only prohibiting the use of wireless microphones (and similar devices) that operate in the 700 MHz Band. You may continue to use wireless microphones (and similar devices) that operate on other broadcast frequencies. Microphones and other similar devices with cords are not affected by the FCC’s decision.

Similar devices to wireless microphones are also known as equipment for “low power auxiliary stations”. Typically these devices can transmit over distances of 100 meters. Examples of similar devices include wireless intercoms, wireless in-ear monitors (IEM”), wireless audio instrument links, and wireless cueing equipment. (aka “IFB”).

From http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones/


20 posted on 06/10/2010 10:18:55 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I believe I have a set that is in the 300Mhz range and 900 Mhz. I would guess there older sets that run 700 Mhz.


21 posted on 06/10/2010 10:21:13 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: DYngbld

There are some, but most are sold in the sub-700MHz range.


22 posted on 06/10/2010 10:22:45 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: H8LIBERALS

Article is fodder for the perpetually pissed-off. lol


23 posted on 06/10/2010 10:25:10 AM PDT by verity
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To: Niteranger68
The United States has outlawed the continued use of many items that were legal when purchased.

Several times the FCC has mandated changes to radio or television that turned a very expensive item into a shelf curiosity without compensation.It resembles eminent domain.

Once legal firearms have been turned overnight into banned instruments of evillll.And the list goes on.

24 posted on 06/10/2010 10:29:13 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: CholeraJoe
I’ll be waiting with baited breath to find out how many Clergy are hauled off in handcuffs this weekend by Federales. My prediction? Zero.

Exceptions will be Reverend Wright and Father Pfeger?

25 posted on 06/10/2010 10:31:14 AM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: H8LIBERALS

Does this apply to TV shows, and/or live bands? Probably so if they are in the 700 MHZ band.


26 posted on 06/10/2010 10:32:16 AM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: TheGeezer

700mHz is a HOLY NUMBER and THIS WILL DESTROY RELIGION IN AMERICA!!!!


27 posted on 06/10/2010 10:33:35 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: H8LIBERALS
mandates that anyone or organization that uses a wireless microphone operating in the 700 MHz band must cease and desist

And it will be applied to rock and rap concerts too, right?

28 posted on 06/10/2010 10:34:43 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: KosmicKitty
With the completion of the digital television (DTV) transition on June 12, 2009, television stations no longer use the frequencies between 698 and 806 MHz (the 700 MHz Band) for broadcast. These frequencies are now being used by public safety entities (such as police, fire and emergency services) and by commercial providers of wireless services (such as wireless broadband services).

Basically the FCC wants to resell this broadcast spectrum. While they talk of "public safety", police departments are moving towards wireless reporting of parking fines. More money, more money, more money.

29 posted on 06/10/2010 10:37:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: TheGeezer

For heaven’s sake, this is not a government conspiracy
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That’s right. It’s just a re-farming of the 700 mHz allocation from TV to Public Service. Certain low power devices had been authorized to operate in the 700 mHz region on a non-interference basis. Unused TV channels were used. This is no longer desirable as interference to police radios is more serious than having your signal be heard on someone’s TV set.

This is not a case of government wanting to mess with religion or anyone, but rather a desire to make the best use of limited spectrum.


30 posted on 06/10/2010 10:37:20 AM PDT by excopconservative
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To: FrankR

All TV is now digital and even before digital TV, UHF bandwidth only extended to 698MHz, so it was never a problem.


31 posted on 06/10/2010 10:37:23 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: DYngbld
True - if you use a wireless microphone within the 700mHz range in the future, you’d probably be more likely to have emergency dispatch messages broadcast through your speakers than interfere with their messages.
32 posted on 06/10/2010 10:38:11 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (www.ctf.org)
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To: H8LIBERALS

It’s not just preachers- ALL 700 MHz mics are obsolete and banned. Several music websites offered trade-in specials months ago, send in your old mic, get a new one in the correct band.

Touting this as focusing on clergy is misleading, satanic heavy-metal bands are part of the ban too. And carny barkers.


33 posted on 06/10/2010 10:40:03 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
I have an older FCC allocation table, it still has 700Mhz as Broadcast, mobile, and fixed.
Is the 800 Mhz spectrum full? I don't see a reason to move all emergency communications to 700Mhz, but then I get paid to make those decisions.
34 posted on 06/10/2010 10:40:40 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: H8LIBERALS

My BS detector has gone off the charts.

First off all, this is some blogger doing the usual FR blog-pimp routine. And making outrageous claims. And typically many FReeprs have already gotten their panties all bunched up.

Does anyone ever think for themselvs anymore?


35 posted on 06/10/2010 10:41:40 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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To: H8LIBERALS

My wireless operates on three channels - 734.600 MHz, 736.025 MHz, and 736.975 MHz. I’m not a preacher but rather a square dance caller.


36 posted on 06/10/2010 10:45:13 AM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: H8LIBERALS
this is nonsense. Cell phone signals are used by many different users although they are separated by distance so that they do not interfere.
Also the microphone 700 mhz signal can be coded (like wireless telephones) and then decoded in the audio amplifier to eliminate interference. I question the FCC's motive and recommend this be taken to court.
37 posted on 06/10/2010 10:45:30 AM PDT by orinoco
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

698 mHz is the top end of the current UHF TV spectrum (channel 51). The old channels 52-69 are the ones being reassigned on June 12th.


38 posted on 06/10/2010 10:45:42 AM PDT by excopconservative
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It isn’t strictly for public safety. It’s for resale as well.

We’ll move to digital radio too someday to also free up some frequencies for resale.

And then we’ll all be SOOL when a hurricane comes because digital receivers suck in particularly nasty weather.


39 posted on 06/10/2010 10:45:46 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: TheGeezer

“For heaven’s sake, this is not a government conspiracy”

I heard that mosques are exempt, and BP, along with Nancy Pelosi.

Also, these microphones may interfere with the telepathic download speeds from the Comet McNaught, as such, they cannot be allowed.


40 posted on 06/10/2010 10:47:28 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: excopconservative

Thanks for the correction.


41 posted on 06/10/2010 10:47:52 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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42 posted on 06/10/2010 10:50:19 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: hoosierham
The United States has outlawed the continued use of many items that were legal when purchased. Several times the FCC has mandated changes to radio or television that turned a very expensive item into a shelf curiosity without compensation.It resembles eminent domain. Once legal firearms have been turned overnight into banned instruments of evillll.And the list goes on.

True......but no longer acceptable.

43 posted on 06/10/2010 10:50:25 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (We're coming for you....)
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To: orinoco

Also the microphone 700 mhz signal can be coded (like wireless telephones) and then decoded in the audio amplifier to eliminate interference.
- - - - - - - -
Encoding a signal does not remove the signal. It’s still present and although it may not be readable, it still interferes with other signals on the frequency. Digital voice transmissions are very susceptible to interference from any signal present. The FCC often underestimates the number of unlicensed low power devices that are in use and therefore the difficulty in removing them from service.


44 posted on 06/10/2010 10:53:24 AM PDT by excopconservative
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To: All

http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones/


45 posted on 06/10/2010 10:53:27 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: H8LIBERALS

Regulating communications is not an enumerated power in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution. Therefore the FCC is unconstitutional and must be abolished.


46 posted on 06/10/2010 10:53:31 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: H8LIBERALS

The FCC should be arrested for violating the constitution.

If I were a preacher, I would kick the FCC out of service so hard they would BOUNCE 50 feet with the wrath of G-d movin em along.


47 posted on 06/10/2010 10:56:33 AM PDT by Danae (Don't like the Constitution, try living in a country with out one.)
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To: H8LIBERALS

This has nothing to do with churches. The FCC is not targeting preachers.

The 700 MHZ band was changed to public service as part of the digital TV switchover and all microphone systems using that band have to be shut off. This affects all users, including theaters and TV news crews. There have been a lot of changes in frequency spectrum use that has affected all types of users including police and fire departments.

Unfortunately, even though this has been in the works for many years, some unscrupulous companies continued to sell these microphone systems despite the impending ban.

There are plenty of new microphone systems that comply with the law.

And no one is going to show up and drag you minister off in handcuffs.

Sometimes, I wonder if liberals are writing this stuff to make conservatives look bad.


48 posted on 06/10/2010 10:57:26 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: marron; H8LIBERALS; Lucky9teen; Noumenon; sweet_diane; US Navy Vet; CholeraJoe; DManA; ...
H8LIBERALS

Why the 700 MHZ range? Are there others available?

Is there a stated reason?

The bands are being reallocated. It's related to the switch to digital TV. The 700 Mhz range is being reallocated for public safety use. Everyone affected has been aware of this for years.

http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones/

49 posted on 06/10/2010 11:08:57 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Thanks for posting the facts.


50 posted on 06/10/2010 11:12:15 AM PDT by verity
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