FCC to Review Radiation Guidelines for Cell Phones - PhoneScoop, June 15
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.
More detail in this Bloomberg article.