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FCC Takes New Position on Cell Phone Safety Guidelines
Cecilia Kang reported that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has changed its position on cell phone radiation guidelines in her September 30, 2010, Washington Post article http://tinyurl.com/2vjortt.  According to the article, “the FCC revamped its web entry on cell phone health guidelines removing a suggestion that users concerned about the radiation emitted from cellphones could choose devices with lower SAR values.” The FCC created a new fact sheet about the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR)  SAR for Phones and What It Means for You and revised its language on its Wireless Devices and Health Concerns fact sheet,  This fact sheet states, “Some parties recommend that you consider the reported SAR value of wireless devices. However, comparing the SAR of different devices may be misleading.”

While SAR values are complex, it appears that the CTIA (the wireless association) is influencing the FCC so that SAR will be disregarded and other cities and states won’t attempt to pass cell phone label ordinances or laws.

FCC Announces New Broadband Funding for Schools and Libraries
Help spread the word in your community! On September 23, 2010, the FCC announced its upgraded and modernized E-rate program that provides up to $2.25 billion annually to support telephone and Internet connections at schools and libraries across the country.   The E-rate Order will help bring affordable, extremely-fast fiber optic connections to America’s schools and librariesThe program allows participants to use E-rate funds to connect to the Internet in the most cost-effective way possible, including via unused fiber optic lines. The funds support both the cost of Internet service and the installation of internal computer networks.  Tell IT directors in your local school districts and libraries to apply for these funds and replace Wi-Fi with fiber optics.

Wireless Safety News On Cell Towers and Smart Meters Around the United States
If you are concerned about the continued installation of cell tower sites and smart meters in your area, consider working to establish new ordinances in your locality.  These are some recent successful ordinances introduced and passed:

Cell Tower Sites
On September 21, the Town of Hempstead, New York approved an ordinance on applications for cell antenna sitings that mandates wireless companies meet perhaps the most rigorous standards in the country. The ordinance requires a 1500 feet set back from residences, churches, schools, and daycare facilities.  Watch a video with more details at http://tinyurl.com/28qxhsg

Smart Meters
On September 14, the County of Santa Cruz unanimously passed an ordinance that imposes a temporary moratorium on smart meter installation in homes, condominiums, apartments and businesses.  The Board of Supervisors said “the meters pose an immediate threat to the public’s peace, health or safety.”  The moratorium will be in force until December 31 while more information about the meters is gathered.  Read an article which includes a copy of the moratorium at: http://www.ksbw.com/news/25010475/detail.html

On August 24 the city of Watsonville, California passed an ordinance that issues a 12-month moratorium on the installation of smart meters.  One of the reasons for the ordinance is because of concerns about the impact and accuracy of smart meters that have been raised across the U.S.  The ordinance states, “it is necessary to preserve the public peace, health, safety and property”.
Other local governments that have demanded a halt to the ‘smart’ meter program include: City and County of San Francisco, and Marin Counties, and the cities of Sebastopol, Berkeley, Cotati, Fairfax, Santa Cruz, Piedmont, Scotts Valley, Capitola,  Sausalito, Belvedere, Monte Sereno, Novato, Richmond, Ross, Bolinas, and Camp Meeker.

Rep. Andrea Boland, Dr. Ron Herberman, Dr. Devra Davis, and Christine Hoch at book launch
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Dr. Devra Davis Begins Book Tour for Her New Book, Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family
Dr. Davis gave a presentation and launched her new book, Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family at Georgetown University in Washington, DC on September 23, 2010.
She is generating lots of publicity for the cause.  She has appeared in interviews on CBC’s The National in Canada, one on a piece involving insurance coverage for the cell phone industry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYvIHU0niDg and another in depth interview about her book http://www.momsforsaferwireless.org/Video-Vault.php Bryan Walsh of Time magazine reviewed her book at http://shar.es/043zO.

Canadian Activists Raise Awareness of Wi-Fi in Schools

In August and September a wave of newspaper articles about students who attend a Wi-Fi equipped school in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada circulated throughout Ontario and Canada.  The arrival of the new school year enabled the Safe School Committee www.safeschool.ca to generate interest in its concerns about children who experienced heart palpitations, headaches, dizziness and other symptoms at school yet the symptoms disappeared in the summer.

Retired British microwave weapons expert, Barrie Trower, spoke at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto about his concerns that microwave technology which was used for weapons is now installed in schools.  A professor at Brock University jumped on the wave and generated more news articles about Wi-Fi in universities in regard to students and staff.  Finally, major television network CBC’s national news program The National aired a segment interviewing parents of school children, school officials and Health Canada.  Links to news stories are listed below.
Since there is practically no press about Wi-Fi in schools across the United States, activists in the U.S. can learn from these Canadian successes.

Full Signal towers
Free Full Signal Screening in Chicago
Full Signal is a wonderful educational tool to help raise awareness about the proliferation of cellular technology across the word.  Scientists, attorneys, and activists share the science and their stories of the health effects associated with wireless products and technology.  You can order the movie, Full Signal, at http://www.momsforsafewireless.org/Products.php.
If you live in the Chicago area, a free showing of Full Signal will be held at the Evanston Public Library on Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 pm.  Following the movie, Marne Glaser will lead a discussion.  For more information or to attend, send an email to marnguard-publichealth@yahoo.com

Articles of Interest
UK Expert Warns Against Wi-Fi
Protect Your Children from Cell phone and Wi-Fi Radiation Before It is Too Late
A Pushback Against Cell Phone Towers
Next Asbestos could be in Wireless
Do Your Homework on Wi-Fi
The National Wi-Fi Concerns in Schools

In This Issue
FCC Takes New Position on Cell Phone Safety Guidelines
Cell Towers and Smart Meters
Dr. Davis Launches Her Book
Canadian Activists Raise Awareness of Wi-Fi in Schools

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