FCC Takes Action on Wireless RF Emissions Standards


Will this Quell Public Concerns About the Safety of 5G Deployments?

As wireless carriers increasingly seek to install wireless networks on utility poles and street lights within communities across the country, they often encounter public opposition in the local approval process based on the facilities’ purported health risks. While these debates take place at the local level, local officials’ hands are largely tied, as Congress granted authority to establish radio frequency, or RF, emissions standards only to the Federal Communications Commission.[1]

On Dec. 4, the FCC took action on RF emissions in a new RF Order that:

  • Finds that existing RF exposure limits should remain unchanged;
  • Resolves a Notice of Inquiry opened in 2013 with a 2nd Report and Order; and
  • Issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding impacts of certain high frequency emissions (comments on the proposed rule are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register).

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