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Radio mic survey

15 March 2013

Radio Frequency

If you use wireless mics and video cameras as part of your entertainment work, and particularly if you travel overseas for work, it would be useful if you would participate in this online survey being conducted for the European Commission. Although it is probably more geared towards production companies in the Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) sector any decisions are likely to impact further down.

The European Commission has been consulting on the possibility of spectrum harmonisation as a potential option to ensure continued access to spectrum for PMSE, in particular for wireless mics and video cameras.  As part of the EC’s development of the related Impact Assessment, they are conducting this online survey of stakeholders to determine the social, economic and cultural costs and benefits that each of the different potential harmonisation options they are considering will bring.

The questions ask about particular details of the products that you produce or use, your general business performance and turnover, your market share, investments, expected future projections and the like.  They also ask how each policy option will affect your business in terms of sales and costs.  The European Commission’s three options are:

  1. Do nothing.
  2. Allocate common tuning ranges for wireless microphone use across the EU.
  3. Harmonise specific spectrum bands for wireless microphones and IEMs across all countries.

It is essential, indeed critical for the future of PMSE equipment use in Europe, to get as big a response from the PMSE sector as possible to this survey, and so they would very much appreciate it if users could take ten minutes to share their views and provide all relevant information to the EC’s online survey. It can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PMSESurvey. While it is appreciated that we are all very busy, ten minutes taken now could help to safeguard our sector’s future for many years to come.

Please note that the deadline for responses to be received is 31 March 2013.

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