Power of Story Send a Tweet        
- Advertisement -

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (1 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   1 comment
OpEdNews Op Eds

More Information Sought on Cell Phone Industry Influence on FCC

By Brian Turnbaugh  Posted by Josh Mitteldorf (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 10/1/10

- Advertisement -
In an article in the current edition of OMB Watch's Watcher, we discuss serious concerns about the extent of the wireless communications industry's influence over regulators. Following San Francisco's move to inform the public about potentially dangerous exposures to cell phone radiation, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the agency in charge of regulating cell phone radiation levels changed its website. The FCC deleted a suggestion to consumers to seek phones with lower radiation levels (known as SAR values), and added a lot of industry-speak downplaying the legitimate concerns raised by public interest groups. Now the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is demanding to know why the FCC made the changes and what role the wireless trade association might have played.
EWG a long-time watchdog on cell phone radiation concerns accuses the FCC of having "essentially cut and pasted the wireless industry's position into its revised websites." In a new blog post, EWG announces it just submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all records related to the website changes, especially all relevant correspondence between FCC and the main wireless industry trade association, CTIA.
- Advertisement -
EWG earlier submitted a FOIA request to see what influence on FCC the industry group was wielding regarding the industry's law suit against the city of San Francisco seeking a halt to the city's cell phone radiation right-to-know law.
EWG has put together a useful critique of the FCC's changes to its website. The group finds the new information to be "full of internal inconsistencies and at odds with latest research on cell phone radiation." They also point out that there's no standardized method used by cell phone manufacturers to test a phone's SAR value. FCC asserts that this makes SAR values unreliable when used to compare phones and that many additional factors influence the level of radiation exposure. But if the testing is so unreliable, why doesn't FCC standardize the test in order to provide consumers with useful information? FCC's position also ignores that Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom recommend the use of low-SAR phones. FCC also fails to consider the impacts of radiation on children.
- Advertisement -
Clearly, in the absence of scientific consensus on the long-term health impacts of cell phone radiation especially on children cell phone users should be provided as much information as possible, so they can decide what actions are best for them. FCC doesn't seem to think providing the public with information is a good idea. In addition to downplaying the value of using SAR values (like San Francisco is doing with its right-to-know law), the commission states in big bold letters, "The FCC does not endorse the need for these practices" - that is, practices that reduce users' exposure to cell phone radiation.
The striking similarity between industry claims and the new language on the FCC's website raises serious concerns about the independence of the regulatory agency. FCC should immediately disclose its interactions with industry representatives. The commission should also address the growing concerns based on scientific studies about cell phone radiation levels and conduct a transparent and thorough review of the scientific data.
(Brian Turnbaugh 09/30/10)
- Advertisement -


- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It


Josh Mitteldorf, a senior editor at OpEdNews, blogs on aging at http://JoshMitteldorf.ScienceBlog.com. Read how to stay young at http://AgingAdvice.org.
Educated to be an astrophysicist, he has branched out from there to mathematical (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Writers Guidelines

Contact EditorContact Editor
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Cold Fusion: Tangible Hope in an Age of Despair

New Scientific Study: Smoking Gun Evidence of 9/11 Explosives in WTC Dust

PayPal cuts off Bradley Manning Legal Defense; Backs Off under Grass Roots Pressure

Daily Inspiration — Suppressed Science

Chemical Traces of High Explosives in WTC Debris