Shure Outlines Position on National Spectrum Strategy

Shure the Only Company to Provide Input for the Needs of Wireless Audio

November 30, 2023

The U.S. National Spectrum Strategy was recently released, identifying more than 2,700 MHz of spectrum to study for innovative new uses by the private sector and government agencies. 

Shure and many other companies provided input as this strategy was developed, however, Shure was the only company that provided feedback on the needs of wireless audio. 

Shure applauds the work of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for their work on the strategy and the opportunity to provide input. 

The Company has a strong record of collaborating with the wireless microphone community and representing the interests of content creators in these regulatory discussions, which also inspires innovation to serve the growing scale and creativity these productions require. 

Shure’s active participation in the regulatory discussions around Wireless Multi-channel Audio System (WMAS) and other technologies reflect the Company’s commitment to spectrum efficiency and coexistence with other systems. Shure supports integrated standards that enable innovation to ultimately benefit end users. 

Shure has outlined four key points in its feedback for the U.S. National Spectrum Strategy: 

  • Program Making & Special Events (PMSE), that includes wireless microphones and In-Ear Monitor systems is of critical importance to the U.S. economy 
  • Continued access to spectrum around 1 GHz for audio PSME is critical for its long-term future 
  • Potential future technology for audio PMSE cannot completely overcome the lack of spectrum 
  • Shure supports spectrum sharing 

“We want to ensure that spectrum needs are considered so that the right support can be provided for events and content creation, which are vital to the economy,” said Prakash Moorut, Global Head of Spectrum & Regulatory Affairs, Shure. “The U.S. needs to continue to be a leader on spectrum sharing, which is allowing so many applications like PMSE to flourish.” 

Shure continues to advocate for spectrum for wireless audio as demonstrated by its presence at the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) in November-December in Dubai, where Shure will showcase wireless audio products’ use of spectrum to regulators from around the world.