By B.N. Frank
The role of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is to regulate the Telecom Industry even though they are not a health or environmental agency.
Current rules, safety limits and guidelines for RF radiation exposure were adopted in 1996 and don’t apply to how most people use or are exposed to RF emitting devices and infrastructure today. They even don’t apply to how current technology and products are manufactured and marketed. In fact, there is still no “safe” level of exposure that has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women even though devices are marketed to everyone – including kids – to use in ways that aren’t safe. Research has also determined that kids are more vulnerable to exposure.
It’s no big surprise that the FCC has been identified as a “Captured Agency.” For many years, their staff has included smarmy former Telecom employees who return to the industry as soon as they stop working for the government.
After six years of study, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided not to revise its current safety limits for RF radiation. The rules, which were first adopted in 1996 and are the only ones governing cell phone exposures in the U.S., will continue to be based only on thermal effects.
“After a thorough review of the record and consultation with [the FDA and other health] agencies, we find it appropriate to maintain the existing radiofrequency limits, which are among the most stringent in the world for cell phones,” said Julius Knapp, the chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology.
Some had wanted the FCC to harmonize its limits with those of ICNIRP, which are considerably more permissive for cell phone exposures. The ICNIRP standard is 2 W/Kg, averaged over 10 g of tissue, while the FCC limit is 1.6 W/Kg over 1 g. The larger averaging volume alone makes the ICNIRP standard less stringent by two- to threefold (see MWN, J/A00, p.8).
In the FCC announcement, issued today, Chairman Ajit Pai cites the support of Jeffrey Shuren, the director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “The available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits…” Shuren told the FCC, adding, “No changes to the current standards are warranted at this time.”
FCC officials said at a press briefing that there’s “nothing special about 5G,” according to a report from CNET. They went on to argue that the scientific evidence to date indicates that, in terms of causing health effects, 5G is no different from any other cellular technology, including 4G or 3G. The higher-frequency signals (millimeter waves) used to deliver 5G also pose no health risk, they said, pointing out that the existing RF exposure guidelines apply to 5G.
The FCC first announced its plan to review the agency’s RF rules in March 2013 in a 200-page filing.
For more on the FCC and RF safety, go here.
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The Telecom Industry gave congressional testimony in February that they have no scientific evidence that exposure to 5G is biologically or environmentally safe. Many doctors and scientists say it isn’t safe (see 1, 2, 3).
The FCC continues to champion widespread 5G installation anyway – by any means necessary. This includes allowing companies to send satellites into space to blast us from there and trying to loosen regulations so homeowners can be paid to put 5G antennas on their roofs. Smarmy and scary indeed.
Activist Post regularly reports about research and risks associated with exposure to all sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) or “Electrosmog.” For more information, visit our archives and the following websites.
- Wireless Information Network
- Americans for Responsible Technology
- 5G Information
- Center For Safer Wireless
- Center For Electrosmog Prevention
- Clear Light Ventures
- Ecological Options Network
- EMF Safety Network
- Environmental Health Trust
- Generation Zapped
- Last Tree Laws
- My Street, My Choice
- Parents for Safe Technology
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- The People’s Initiative
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