FCC to conduct review of mobile phone radiation standardsAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
A Federal Communications Commission spokesperson has revealed that Julius Genachowski, chairman of the FCC, will soon ask the other commissioners to approve a review of the agency's standards for mobile phone radiation. The guidelines set the maximum amount of radiation that a phone can give off. FCC spokesperson Tammy Sun told Bloomberg Businessweek that the inspection is meant to be "a routine review of our standards," adding that the FCC is "confident" that users aren't under any risk with the existing guidelines. The last time that the FCC updated its mobile phone radiation standards was in 1996.
While the FCC doesn't seem to think that consumers have any reason to be concerned that the existing radiation guidelines are insufficient, it's probably not a bad idea for the agency to take another look at its standards considering that the last time it did so was 16 years ago. Right now there's no word on when this potential review may take place or anything like that, but Chairman Genachowski will be asking the other commissioners for approval on the review today, so it may not be long before more information on the process comes to light.