700 MHz is now going away. Boston & Seattle may be first.

We've been talking about the 700 MHz which the FCC so thoughtfully sold out from under us earlier. It's going away soon.

One industry pro described it this way:

Verizon Wireless who now owns the rights to the 700Mhz band in most of the country is now actively testing in that band. Users of wireless microphones in that band may experience occasional interference. Those that own 700Mhz wireless mics and IEM's should start to budget for replacements over the next one to two years, sooner if they want to insure interference free operation.


The CCI Solutions website has the latest info (here) on what rebates are available for trading in old 700 MHz gear.

Here's the official report:

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Verizon Wireless tests new network in Seattle, Boston

Verizon Wireless says it has completed the first calls using a brand-new network that's planned to go live next year, offering faster Internet speeds.

NEW YORK —

Verizon Wireless says it has completed the first calls using a brand-new network that's planned to go live next year, offering faster Internet speeds.

The calls were made Friday in Boston and earlier in Seattle, using cell-tower equipment from Alcatel-Lucent and LM Ericsson AB. Prototype tablet-style handheld devices from LG Electronics Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. dialed in.

The calls used the 700 megahertz frequency band, just recently freed up for cellular use after being assigned to TV stations.

Verizon Wireless' chief technology officer, Tony Melone, says the trials gave confidence that the commercial launch would yield average download speeds of 7 to 12 megabits per second, faster than current wireless broadband.

Copyright © The Seattle Times Company


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