FCC Ban Silences Preachers
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.
“Operation of wireless microphones in violation of these rules may subject the user to substantial monetary forfeitures, in rem arrest action against the offending radio equipment and criminal sanctions, including imprisonment,” a FCC announcement states.
According to the FCC, the urgency for banning the 700 MHz wireless microphones stems from the federal government’s near complete transition from broadcast to digital television frequencies.
“When this equipment [wireless microphones] was first designed, the frequencies they used were in between the frequencies that television stations used to broadcast television programs,” explains the FCC. “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).”
Will the feds show how serious they are about enforcing the ban by storming churches across the nation this weekend? Stranger things have happened, and you never know what next to expect these days from our overbearing and intrusive nanny state leaders seeking yet another way to show who’s in charge.