Friday, November 13, 2015

Actions/inactions taken by the FCC and Tom Wheeler. Cell Phone History

Actions/inactions taken by the FCC and Tom Wheeler. Cell Phone History

Video from Larry King interviewing Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Devra Davis, Dr. Paul Song, Dr. Keith Black on cell phone precautions and risks
Dr. Sanjay Gupta - neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical correspondent.  Dr. Devra Davis - Director of Oncology at University of Pittsburg, Dr. Keith Black - neurosurgeon and Chairman of Neurology Dept. at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, and Dr. Paul Song - Radiation Oncologist.  Precautions need to be taken, especially with children, and cancer does not show up for decades after exposure.  Testes and eyes very sensitive to RF radiation.

One of the FCC's responsibilities is to REGULATE the wireless industry and set safe exposure limits for wireless RF radiation.  
The US limits are 100-1,000,000 times higher than other countries, but so far the FCC has not taken any actions on changing our limits which are 30 years old.

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FCC, Lobbying, and Who is Tom Wheeler?
The wireless industry spends millions per year lobbying.  The current FCC Chairman is Tom Wheeler, who was previously the CEO of the CTIA, the powerful lobbying organization representing the wireless industry, and who also raised $500,000 for President Obama's campaign  President Obama then appointed Tom Wheeler to the position of FCC Chairman in 2013 despite criticism concerning objectivity of the former head of the lobbying organization for the wireless industry becoming the head of the FCC   You can read more on this subject in Captured agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is dominated by the industries it presumably regulates written by Norm Alster, Cambridge, MA:  Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University.  2015.  

Tom Wheeler was also president of the CTIA when it hired Dr.  George Carlo in 1993 for their $27 million research project on cell phone safety.  Cell phones were never tested for long-term safety prior to market introduction (in 1984, the FDA had exempted cell phones from premarket testing before allowing them to be marketed to the public).  January 21,1993 - David Reynard appeared on the Larry King Live show – he was suing the wireless industry for his late wife's brain tumor.  His wife's doctor demonstrated that that the brain tumor's location matched where the antenna was when she held the phone to her head.  When that caused a panic, Tom Wheeler hired George Carlo to conduct research to reassure the public that cell phones were safe, and got the FDA to agree not to regulate cell phones until Carlo's study was complete.  Carlo hired 200 prominent scientists and created a peer review board headed by Dr. John Graham from Harvard University School of Public Health. In 1998, their research showed that the microwave radiation used by cell phones (this would also include Wi-Fi and other wireless devices) caused micronuclei in human blood - there was a strong corrleation between micronuclei and cancer.  After the Chernobyl accident in 1986, the presence of micronuclei in the blood was used to identify children at high risk for developing cancer.  When the research project continued to find other serious negative health effects, the wireless industry shut down the project and tried to discredit Dr. Carlo.  A few days later, Carlo's house was destroyed by arson.  Read more here and

From June 2012 to August 2015, the FCC invited opinions on its RF radiation limits - see Proceeding Number 13-84 on the FCC web site.   You can see the 1000 submissions the FCC received here, from various scientists, doctors, government agencies, and organizations asking the FCC to change their limits to protect against bioeffects other than heating.  Dr. Joel Moskowitz, Director and Principal Investigator of UC Berkeley's Center for Family and Community Health, is one of the authors of this website.  However to date the FCC has not taken any actions.  It could be many years before we see any changes from the FCC, if any, on safer wireless standards.  So until then, it is up to us to protect our children.

RF Emissions levels from cell towers NOT monitored for exceeding FCC limits

FCC does not monitor the RF emissions levels from cell towers, so there is no enforcement when they exceed FCC levels.  An article appearing in the Wall Street Journal in October 2014 reported that 1 in 10 cell tower antenna facilities were emitting RF radiation levels higher than FCC standards according to engineers' tests of 5000 cell towers across the country.  Here's a video showing that across the country, cell towers exceed FCC's limits, by up to 600%! But FCC does nothing, endangering workers, residents, and children.  In Sep 2015 - Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.,), ranking member of the House Communications Subcommittee, accused the FCC of failing to enforce safety guidelines on cell tower worker exposure to radiofrequency radiation, saying they are putting the health and safety of a quarter of a million workers at risk -  not just cell tower maintenance workers but any other workers who work on building rooftops which can contain (hidden) cell antennas that workers would not be aware of.  Roofers, electricians, carpenters, building maintenance personnel, HVAC technicians, painters, firefighters and others are at risk from the radiation.  "Even though the FCC recommends that wireless carriers control exposure to harmful RF radiation using safety protocols such as signs, barricades, and training, it has come to our attention that these recommendations have not consistently been implemented to protect workers." 

July 2014: FCC, under Tom Wheeler, approves $1 billion per year to give to schools to install Wi-Fi over the next 5 years (that's $5 billion!), despite criticism 
funding will come from a tax on your phone bill

June 2015: FCC, under Tom Wheeler is pushing wireless companies to increase speeds (which would require more capacity, i.e. increase cell towers)  
FCC fined AT&T $100mil for slowing down their data speeds, slower than advertised, for their unlimited data plan customers.
 Now Sprint will be increasing their cell towers to three times what Verizon has (Verizon has the fastest network in the country)!
Now wireless industry lobbying to remove proof of gap from cell tower applications, looking to substitute capacity instead (because there are no more significant gaps anymore) - Skip to p. 7  When this happens, wireless companies can  easily justify the need for a cell tower anywhere - all they have to say is that if they don't get it, speeds will slow during peak times.

This is the result of Wi-Fi and wireless in schools

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