FCC Proposal Would Maintain Device RF Exposure Limits
Friday, August 09, 2019 | Comments

A new FCC proposal would maintain the commission’s existing RF exposure limits for handheld devices. The proposal follows more than six years of public input and review, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said.

The proposal would also establish a uniform set of guidelines for ensuring compliance with the limits regardless of the service or technology, replacing the Commission’s current inconsistent patchwork of service-specific rules. In addition, the FCC would seek comment on establishing rules formalizing its existing methods of determining compliance with the RF exposure standard for high-frequency devices.

“The FCC sets RF limits in close consultation with the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) and other health agencies,” said Julius Knapp, chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology. “After a thorough review of the record and consultation with these agencies, we find it appropriate to maintain the existing radiofrequency limits, which are among the most stringent in the world for cellphones.”

“[T]he available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits…” and “[n]o changes to the current standards are warranted at this time,” Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, wrote to the FCC.

Last year, scientific experts recommended that some National Toxicology Program (NTP) conclusions be changed to indicate stronger levels of evidence that cellphone radiofrequency radiation (RFR) caused tumors in rats following research released early in 2018.

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On 8/15/19, Leon van der Linde said:
For decades, users carried radios on 700/800 MHz with a 4-watt power output and held them close to their face and transmitted on them. That means 4-watt radiation at 700/800/900 MHz. No problem.
Then suddenly someone screamed blue murder because a cellphone at 200 mW to 2 watts suddenly killed a person on 700 – 900 MHz because it is near his face or head. What has now suddenly changed? Is 4-watt RF from a radio less dangerous than 200 mW to 2 watts from a cellphone? Somebody does not know RF that is for sure. I don t know of anybody who was killed by a 4-watt radio. It is stupidity to think a 200 mW cellphone is suddenly going to kill him.


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