The original due date for submitting what are called “reply” comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on its reassessment of radiofrequency exposure guidelines was November 1, 2013. However, due to the “government shutdown,” the date was extended until November 18.
Trade associations of the telecommunications industry have submitted comments that would send us in the direction of further accelerating the deployment of wireless technology across the country. Here is a quotation from one such trade association:
“[B]y modernizing the RF exposure rules and enabling the provision of telecommunications services efficiently and safely, the FCC can take another critical step toward increasing wireless and broadband deployment. However, certain proposals have not been shown to be necessary to protect the public and are not guided by scientific consensus and grounded in scientific validity. These proposals would needlessly curtail wireless services, and the Commission should dismiss them accordingly. Policymakers at the White House, on both sides of the aisle in Congress, and at the FCC all agree: the deployment of wireless broadband is a national priority. The Administration, for instance, has called for deploying ‘the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans’ and making available another 500 MHz of spectrum for mobile Internet service. … Indeed, the Commission has properly focused on removing – not constructing – barriers to wireless infrastructure deployment.”