Amit Lubovsky
Amit Lubovsky

August 14, 2012

San Francisco battles on for cell phone radiation warnings

Last week was busy for cell phone radiation regulations. It started on Monday, August 6, when U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich introduced a bill for putting warning labels on cell phones along with the creation of a national research program to study mobile radiation. 

On Tuesday, August 7, U.S. Government Accountability Office issued an anticipated report calling for the FCC to review cell phone radiation standards. 

And finally Thursday, August 9, a long-awaited court date was met by the City of San Francisco and the wireless industry lobby (CTIO) over the Right to Know ordinance approved by the municipality in 2010, and deemed unconstituional by industry representatives.  

The ordinance was passed so that consumers could be made easily aware of how much radiation their cell phones give off. The CTIO quickly filed a lawsuit, claiming a violation of their first ammendment right by forcing the industry to convey a message they didn't want to convey. 

At the court meeting last week, judges heard arguments from both sides, grilling each with tough questions, according to CNet's Donna Tam. Judges will take all arguments into consideration and are expected to offer their ruling soon. 

If they side with CTIO, the decision will likely be appealed with the possibility of reaching the Supreme Court. Needless to say, many other cities are waiting for the decision, with the intention of following suit if San Francisco comes out on top. 

For background on the case, check out CNet's coverage here and here, along with Donna Tam's detailed report and interview on what's been going on in San Fran. Watch the video interview from CNet:


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