City of Boston Grills FCC for Outdated, Inadequate Wireless Radiation Safety Limits
The City of Boston recently submitted a comment to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) outlining flaws with the agency's 1996 wireless radiation safety limits. The City urged the Commission to reevaluate and update its limits to reflect how wireless technologies are being used and deployed today.
"Boston believes that the concerns of the public are real and that the Commission has done a disservice to itself, local government, consumers, and even the wireless industry in failing to understand and respond to the broadly shared mistrust of the safety of RF emissions.
The public does not believe that the FCC’s RF exposure standards are safe nor based on science. They cite that the standards were first established by the Commission more than twenty-four year ago. Standards that were established at a time when very few consumers had cell phones, let alone the mini wireless computers that the majority of consumers carry today. They were established in an era of 1 and 2 G deployment, not the 5G and beyond that the nation can expect in the years to come. Early tests and reports focused either on handset emissions in proximity to a user’s head or macro cell tower deployment. None of these tests contemplated the street-level deployment we see today as a result of SWFs in the public rights-of-way. And, despite the changes in the number and type of RF devices and the proximity to individuals, the FCC simply reaffirmed its decade old standards in its December 2019 Order."
Read the City of Boston's full comment to the FCC here.