FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION More stringent standards. GEC has questioned whether the current Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) limit for the cellular phone is stringent enough. When compared to the established radiation-leakage standard of the microwave oven, our research shows that there is a need for a more stringent cell-phone radiation exposure limit. We urge the FCC to ensure that the standards and guidelines for radio-frequency (RF) emitting devices are consistent and safe. It is important to note here that the RF radiation-exposure limit should be based on both thermal and non-thermal biological effects due to the cell-phone radiation. To lower the standards for convenience is not the right thing to do. In fact, it will hurt not only the public, but also the industry.

More government-funded biological research. We urge the Federal Communications Commission to work with government health agencies to establish meaningful biological studies on cell-phone radiation that are funded directly by the government and not through industry.

CONSUMERS Distancing the antenna. GEC would like people to know the facts so they can make informed decisions. As with the industry, it is important for users to consider distancing the conventional cell-phone antenna from the head to minimize exposure. Consumers can do this by simply using a hands-free set, a car-kit antenna, or a cell-phone whose antenna and feed point are positioned farther from the head. It is important to remember that a distance of one or two inches can significantly reduce the amount of radiation absorbed by the head, while simultaneously increasing the efficiency of the cell-phone. Please keep in mind that a cell-phone with an internal antenna, especially a small-sized phone is not necessarily safer and more efficient. Consumers need to know the antenna location and the shielding structure of the phone. Without knowing the location of the antenna, consumers could cover the antenna with their hand when using the phone. This could result in a very high radiation exposure in the hand, and a significant reduction in the efficiency of the cell-phone system.

Driving Safety. GEC urges consumers not to use a hand-held phone while driving. Consumers should consider this an important safety issue as should the industry and the government.

Your Feedback on Health Concerns. GEC would like to hear the public's health concerns related to cell-phone use and base stations. If there are any health effects that you feel are potentially related to a base station near you or from using a cell-phone, we would like to know about it. We take these issues very seriously and would like to hear from you in order to develop safer and more efficient technology.

Tip for consumers looking to buy a safer and more efficient cell-phone: Look for cell-phones that have a feed point and antenna as far from the head as possible.


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