Pong Responds to FCC Inquiry on Cell Phone Radiation

In June 2012, The Federal Communications Commission announced that it was going to take a closer look at its standards for cell phone safety to see if the agency needed to revise its 15-year-old guidelines. By November, Pong filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking the agency to “seek information on ways that the device testing guidelines can be improved to more accurately reflect predominant consumer behavior.”

Recently, the FCC announced that it was seeking comment from other agencies and health experts as to whether it should update the standards that limit exposure to phones’ electromagnetic fields, especially as they apply to children. As you can imagine we at Pong are very interested!

Pong Research Corporation has issued the following statement regarding the commencement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of a formal inquiry into the human health impacts of cell phone radiation:

On Friday, March 31, 2013, the FCC commenced a formal inquiry into the human health impacts of radiation from cell phones and other wireless devices.  This inquiry will examine for the first time since 2001 the impact of cell phone radiation on wireless device users—including safety standards for, and the testing methods used to certify, wireless devices.

In August 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report recommending that the FCC commence such an inquiry.  The GAO noted that the FCC’s standards—in place since 1997 (some 4 years before the first smartphones became commercially available)—“may not reflect the latest research”; “may not identify maximum exposure [to radiation] in all possible usage conditions”; and fail to test for use of phones against the body, which “could result in RF energy exposure higher than the FCC limit.”  See http://www.gao.gov/assets/600/592901.pdf.

The FCC’s inquiry is an important step in ensuring that wireless devices are safe for consumers.  Pong Research Corporation expects to participate in this proceeding, by shedding light on issues such as:  (a) how better to protect children who—due to thinner skulls, softer tissue and smaller size—absorb substantially higher levels of radiation than adults; (b) how the FCC’s existing device testing guidelines, which likely underestimate true absorption rates experienced by consumers under normal usage conditions, can be modified better to protect and inform consumers; and (c) what precautionary measures consumers can take to minimize cell phone radiation exposure.

Read the full press release here.

All wireless devices emit radiation. Research is still being done to determine the effects of radiation on our brain and body. When it comes to you, we believe less radiation is better than more. Pong cases can make your phone work better by directing cellular energy away from your head and body. See how it works and learn other tips to reducing exposure at pongcase.com/science.html

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