Time's almost up for churches to replace wireless microphones

June 10, 2010 6:09:53 PM PDT
Churches across the country have spent millions of dollars to replace wireless microphones that are about to become illegal.

This Saturday is the deadline to stop using wireless microphones that operate in the 700 megahertz band, a frequency that will now be used by emergency responders.

Matt Nodine (NOH'-dyn) is chief of staff of the Federal Communications Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, which has been trying to get the word out for months.

He says churches or other facilities that use 700 MHz wireless microphones this Sunday or anytime in the future will be subject to fines, seizure of equipment and even criminal penalties.

Churches that have questions about their microphones can find answers on the FCC's website.