GAO Agrees with FCC: Radiation Limits Need Reexamination
The Government Accountability Office today announced that it believes the guidelines used to assess the safety of cellular phone radiation levels should be revisited. The government defined the standards used to tests cell phones today back in 1996. "The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) RF energy exposure limit may not reflect the latest research," concluded the GAO, "and testing requirements may not identify maximum exposure in all possible usage conditions." In June, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski asked his fellow commissioners to open a formal inquiry to evaluate whether or not the agency's guidelines protect U.S. citizens from harmful cell phone radiation. "We are confident that, as set, the emissions guidelines for devices pose no risks to consumers," said the FCC in June. The scientific community, however, is divided on the harmful effects of cell phone radiation, with some camps claiming it can lead to brain cancer and others suggesting no such link exists..
CTIA to Fight Berkeley Cell Phone Radiation Law
The CTIA has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of overturning a Berkeley, Calif., regulation that will require sellers of cell phones to post warnings about radiation risks. The law, approved in Berkeley last month, will force retailers to post signs warning consumers of the dangers posed by cell phone wireless signals.
CTIA Loses Cell Radiation Labeling Fight In Berkeley
A judge sided with the City of Berkeley in a law concerning cell phone radiation and labeling in stores. Berkeley won an initial ruling earlier this year that requires cell phone retailers to put up signs that spell out the possible risks of using cellular devices.
FCC Chairman Pai Pledges to Be More Transparent
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today said he hopes to make the agency more transparent and accessible to the American public. Primarily, Pai wants to ensure that FCC documents are available earlier in the process ahead of votes and/or adoption by the Commission.
Republican Proposal Would Eliminate Lifeline Cell Service for Poor
A new bill proposed by Rep. Austin Scott in Georgia aims to take free cell phones and service away from low-income Americans.
FCC Fines T-Mobile $60,000 for Failing to Secure Antennas
The FCC today proposed a fine of $60,000 against T-Mobile, which it says failed to adequately warn and prevent the public from stepping too close to cellular antennas. Specifically, T-Mobile didn't properly block off nor place signs near three antennas (2 AWS, 1 PCS) on a building in Phoenix, Ariz.