CTIA Moves to Block San Francisco Cell Ordinance
CTIA The Wireless Association has renewed its fight against an ordinance approved by the city of San Francisco. The proposed law would mandate that cell phone retailers operating in the city limits of San Francisco display signage that provides information regarding cell phones' radiation emissions and spectral absorption rates (SARs). The CTIA has fought the proposal from the beginning, saying it would lead to confusion among consumers. In a statement provided with today's filing, the CTIA said, "The materials the City would require be posted and handed out at retail stores are both alarmist and false. The FCC and FDA have repeatedly found that cell phone use does not pose a danger to human health. The Ordinance recommends such things as turning the phone off when not in use, a suggestion that would render critical emergency communications unavailable to San Francisco residents." The CTIA is asking a federal court to block San Francisco from enforcing the law. It believes the law is barred under the First Amendment and conflicts with federal law governing the safety of wireless devices.
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.
Buying A Used Phone? Verify It Through New CTIA Web Site
Consumers, law enforcement, and resellers now have a new way to verify if used or refurbished phones are legit. CTIA, the U.S.
YouTube TV Gains More Channels, But Still Limited to Just a Few Cities
YouTube TV recently added a handful of new channels to its monthly internet-based TV offering. Subscribers will now be able to access and watch programs on AMC, BBC America, IFC TV, Sundance TV, Telemundo, Univision, and We TV.
CTIA Issues RFP for Stolen Device Database
The CTIA is looking for companies to help it with the Mobile Device Information Portal and issued a request for proposal to that effect. The portal is to be a central tool that consumers, carriers, and law enforcement can use to ascertain whether or not phones have been reported lost or stolen.
House Panel Says Stingrays Need Federal Guidelines
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a bipartisan panel, this week recommended that the federal government pass rules to manage the use stingrays and other cell-site simulating devices. The panel said in a report that law enforcement agencies have varying and inconsistent rules for the use of such devices.
Also, turning off your cell phone renderds emergency assistance useless? Turn the damn thing back on, is this group populated by complete idiots?
As a consumer, I would NOT be confused about signage posted stating emission levels or absorption rates, I would actuially respect that city even more for making that public knowledge, and as a citizen, I have the right to know, harmful or not.