Outrage as OFCOM contractor sells taxpayer funded equipment into ‘cleared’ spectrum

Company appointed by Ofcom to make way for new 4G services in the 800MHz band are selling equipment into the spectrum which taxpayers paid them to clear. In 2009 Ofcom announced that wireless microphone users would be evicted from the 800MHz band to make way for new mobile broadband services.  Following an industry campaign, Save Our Sound UK, which pointed out the damage being done to the British entertainment industry, the UK Government...

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Radio Mic – switch off – register for funding now!

One month left for wireless microphone users to register for wirelessmicrophone funding Ofcom is calling on licensed wireless microphone users to register for aGovernment funding scheme set up earlier this year to help pay for thereplacement of channel 69 equipment. This equipment will stop working in2012. The scheme closes on 31 December 2010. Countries across Europe are clearing a block of frequencies to make way fornew services like...

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Gordon Brown falls foul of a radio mic

Prime minister Gordon Brown has been caught on tape calling an old lady “bigoted” after speaking to her on a walkabout in Rochdale. The comment was made to an aide after he had returned to his vehicle and was starting to drive away. It will be small comfort to him that the mic was most likely on Channel 69 the band of frequencies the government are removing from use by the media in 2012. He might also like to consider that prior to...

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Happy New Year from OFCOM (well sort of!)

JFMG have sent emails today (4th Jan 2010), following on from letters last week to Channel 69 Wireless Microphone Licence holders. The email is less clear, but the letters say that all shared Channel 69 licences issued from today will also include shared use of Channel 38 (606-614 MHz). There are however still areas where Channel 38 is not available in order to protect radio astronomy (Cheshire and Cambridgeshire). JFMG are providing a web...

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Save Our Sound – write to your MP!

The Save Our Sound website is spearheading a letter writing campaign to MPs to highlight the current lack of a fair compensation scheme for current users of the radio mic channels which are about to be cleared by OFCOM. Save Our Sound have provided a set of templates for letters to MPs so there’s no excuse not to make your voice heard! Get downloading and write! If you don’t know who your local MP is, find out...

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In Praise of… channel 69

Fantastic editorial in today’s Guardian The Guardian, Tuesday 17 November 2009 With the possible exception of Britney Spears and Madonna,few would die for a wireless microphone. But you would bewrong to think it is not a subject capable of stoking passion.Much of the live entertainment industry in Britain, alongwith sports events, conferences and community events, willbe affected by an Ofcom plan to auction off the radiofrequencies upon...

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