The FCC chairman Julius Genachowski announced this past Friday that he will ask commissioners to open an inquiry about whether or not cellphone standards protect humans from dangerous amounts of radiation. This is the first time in 15 years that the question is being asked by the FCC. The FCC has been confident that their current guidelines do not pose a risk on consumers.
?Our action today is a routine review of our standards,? stated FCC spokeswoman Tammy Sun. ?We are confident that, as set, the emissions guidelines for devices pose no risks to consumers.?
The FCC updated their guidelines setting a maximum radiation exposure level in 1998. At that time 44 million people in the U.S. owned mobile phones. Now there are over 300 million wireless subscriber connections.