This is interesting:
The Anglican Church has joined a campaign demanding greater restitution for wireless microphone users, claiming the cost of shifting frequencies will top a million quid.
Save Our Sounds was set up in November by the various groups who want Ofcom to cough up more money to those moved on to make way for digital television. The regulator has said money will be forthcoming, but not as much as the campaigners, now with ecclesiastical backing, want.
Not that every church will be affected – many still have cables or make use of unlicensed spectrum. But places of worship that found unlicensed spectrum too crowded, or use more than four microphones at the same time, have peppercorn-rated licences at channel 69 (855.25MHz) and its those licences that will cease to exist come 2012.
The current plan involves shifting those users to channel 38 (607.25MHz), or 39 (615.25MHz) where 38 isn’t available, and it’s that shift that the church estimates will cost it £1m.
American churches didn’t have a lot of luck preventing the FCC from allowing commercial use of white space, despite recruiting Dolly Parton to the cause. US microphone users lurking in the white spaces have until June 12th to clear out, though to be fair most of them were never supposed to be there in the first place.