Last updated on: 2/23/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Biography

Position:
NC to the question "Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?"
Reasoning:

“[A]ll forms of electromagnetic energy are referred to as the electromagnetic ‘spectrum.’ Radio waves and microwaves emitted by transmitting antennas are one form of electromagnetic energy. They are collectively referred to as ‘radiofrequency’ or ‘RF’ energy or radiation…

Biological effects can result from exposure to RF energy. Biological effects that result from heating of tissue by RF energy are often referred to as ‘thermal’ effects. It has been known for many years that exposure to very high levels of RF radiation can be harmful due to the ability of RF energy to heat biological tissue rapidly. This is the principle by which microwave ovens cook food…

At relatively low levels of exposure to RF radiation, i.e., levels lower than those that would produce significant heating; the evidence for production of harmful biological effects is ambiguous and unproven…

There is no scientific evidence to date that proves that wireless phone usage can lead to cancer or a variety of other health effects, including headaches, dizziness or memory loss…

The FCC’s exposure guidelines specify limits for human exposure to RF emissions from hand-held mobile phones in terms of Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), a measure of the rate of absorption of RF energy by the body. The safe limit for a mobile phone user is an SAR of 1.6 watts per kg (1.6 W/kg), averaged over one gram of tissue, and compliance with this limit must be demonstrated before FCC approval is granted for marketing of a phone in the United States.”

“RF Safety FAQ’s,” www.fcc.gov (accessed Oct. 9, 2009)

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Description:

“The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC’s jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.”

“About the FCC,” www.fcc.gov (accessed Feb. 9, 2010)

Mission:

“[R]egulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.”

“About the FCC,” www.fcc.gov (accessed Feb. 9, 2010)

Other:
US federal government agency
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?