Gil Friedlander
Gil Friedlander

June 17, 2012

Cell phone radiation may be examined by the FCC.

FCC to study cell phone radiation emissions?Perhaps soon we can expect the FCC to chime in on cell phone radiation dangers.

Just before the weekend, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski sent a proposal to his fellow commissioners requesting a formal inquiry into cell phone emissions standards. Incredibly, the standards have not been updated since 1996, before the smartphone explosion in the mobile device market.

Most importantly, the proposed action includes a decision regarding whether children should have separate emissions standards, since their risks are popularly believed to be higher.

While FCC Spokesperson Tammy Sun stated that at the current standards, the FCC is "confident" that the emissions pose no health hazards, the agency may need to question where the standards should be updated, and if they are, what that might mean for consumers.

To date, there has been no study conclusive enough in proving that there is a direct link between cell phone radiation exposure and cancer, though many to believe there is a link to types of brain tumors, glioma and meningioma.

The problem is that the studies themselves are flawed with methodological limitations, like relying on personal reports that are just not accurate enough for this scale of research. What the science community knows for sure is that the radiation emitted from cell phones, like microwaves, is the cause of heat, as opposed to other forms of radiation associated with cancer risks. Those concerned about the heat produced fear the toll taken on cells in the brain, which may experience a change in their activity.

One of the biggest large-scale official statement on the topic came from the World Health Organization last year, in May 2011, when the body listed cell phone radiation as a possible carcinogen.

What may prove interesting is that the FCC's possible new investigation could coincide with the August 9th court date for CTIA/Wireless Association v. City and County of San Francisco.

Once again, we can hope that the more organizations taking an interest in producing conclusive studies will indeed shed light on the cell phone radiation issue. In the meantime, we at tawkon prefer to play it safe. via Chicago Tribune and Ars Technica

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