Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), requested four other commissioners to revisit discussions on the relationship between brain tumors and cellphone radiation emissions. If three of the 5 commissioners agree, then FCC can begin the discussions.
According to Tammy Sun, an FCC spokesperson, cellphone users should not have to worry. “Our action today is a routine review of our standards. We are confident that, as set, the emissions guidelines for devices pose no risks to consumers.”
FCC set the previous standards for wireless emissions in 1996. These limits are for “electric and magnetic field strength and power density for transmitters operating at frequencies from 300 kHz to 100 GHz,” including portable devices like hearing aids, cellphones, and others. The main question right now is whether these limits are still acceptable, especially for children.
People are allegedly having allergies due to cellphones and other devices. In addition, during 2006, Wi-Fi points were removed from a university in Canada because of health concerns. In general, there have been a lot of concerns regarding cell phone use and its cancer risks.
Politicians and government agencies alike have called for new regulations regarding the matter, but there’s very little evidence that radiation from cellphones causes abnormalities in humans, and the National Cancer Institute agrees.
According to CW Cheung, Asia-Pacific head of consulting for telecoms at Ovum, “…any changes in the rules will have an impact on handset vendors. As most vendors are based outside the U.S., it could also become a trade issue.”