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FCC to Review Radiation Guidelines for Cell Phones

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Jun 15, 2012, 9:34 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski today plans to ask 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. The last time the agency examined its guidelines, which set the maximum amount of radiation that a cell phone may emit, was in 1996. "Our action today is a routine review of our standards," said FCC spokesperson Tammy Sun in an email to Bloomberg. "We are confident that, as set, the emissions guidelines for devices pose no risks to consumers." The scientific community 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. Cell phone penetration in 1996 was a fraction of what it is today, so the overall amount of radiation to which U.S. citizens are exposed has increased exponentially. The FCC has yet to set a timeframe for this new inquiry, but any changes to the guidelines would impact every company that makes wireless gear for U.S consumers.




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Jun 16, 2012, 5:21 PM

I was always sort of skeptical

Of course I'm no scientist, but I can use logic. Logically, the sun pelts more radiation into our brains than a phone ever will. I've never gotten a sunburn from a phone. And people on earth have lived with this big ball of plasma and radiation in the sky forever, which is a long time. I understand where they're coming from, their intentions are good, but it was unnecesary in the first place.
Does the earth have something to protect it from harmful radicals? I believe it is called the Atmosphere. Mainly the Magnetosphere, I think, don't quote me.

Unless you have a HUGE head, I don't think your face has it's own atmosphere - but then ag...

Jun 15, 2012, 10:22 AM

I guess radiation decreased

In 1996 there were more powerful cellphones, up to 3 watts of transmitting power. Today I think it's 0.5 Watts. So my guess is that the radiation decreased over time. I am curious what facts the FCC will find.
Me to, I have mixed feelings about this.
Considering most studies end with. "...further study (and more research money) is required.", what can they find?
The inventor of the cellphone, Martin Cooper, is STILL
alive. The inventor, as in THE one person using a cellular
radio longer than anyone else, he's still alive and healthy.
So obviously if using cell phones had an adverse health effect, first a...
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