Cellular Industry Fighting New San Francisco Legislation
October 5, 2011

Cellular Industry Fighting New San Francisco Legislation

The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) filed a lawsuit on Friday to block the enforcement of a legislation in San Francisco requiring cell phones retailers to display a handset's specific absorption rate (SAR).

"FCC's exclusive, congressionally derived authority" of radio frequency emissions from cell phones and other wireless devices. If not enjoined, the ordinance will "cause irreparable harm to plaintiff, its members, and the public," the lawsuit says.

John Walls, CTIA's vice president, said in a statement that the law misleads consumers by creating the false impression that the Federal Communication Commission's current standards for absorption rate are insufficient.

"The FCC has stated that any cell phone that complies with the standard is safe," Walls said in a statement. "Displaying a phone's SAR value at the point-of-sale suggests to the consumer that there is a meaningful safety distinction between FCC-compliant devices with different SAR levels."

Science has yet to prove that cell phone radio frequency is harmful, despite years of research. 

The San Francisco legislation was enacted on June 15 based off concerns that cell phone radio frequency could cause "potential harm."

The legislation also would cause customers to have access to educational materials about cell phone radiation.


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