News by Dan Seifert on Sunday June 17, 2012.
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The Federal Communications Commission chairman, Julius Genachowski, has asked the committee to launch a formal inquiry into the agency's radiation emission guidelines for cell phone manufacturers. The guidelines are designed to protect consumers from the harmful effects of radiation produced by mobile phones and haven't been updated for many years.
The request comes from the chairman as smartphones have become more and more popular and an integral part of the lives of American consumers. The agency says that the investigation won't propose a new set of rules at this time. New rules and manufacturing guidelines would greatly affect any manufacturer that sells cell phones in the U.S.
The last time the FCC updated its cell phone radiation guidelines was 1996, a time when relatively few people carried cell phones with them. Today, that has drastically changed, as there are now more active cell phone lines in the U.S. than there are actual citizens. Scientists can't seem to agree on whether or not the radiation produced by mobile phones is harmful to humans, but it is safe to say that Americans are exposed to much more of it now than they were fifteen years ago.
The FCC has not said what the timeline for the formal inquiry into the radiation emission guidelines is just yet.source: Bloomberg, via: Phone Scoop
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