Wireless industry ditching San Francisco for cell radiation law

It looks like the wireless industry will be taking its ball and going home, as the CTIA said it will be moving its annual wireless trade show out of San Francisco in response to the city passing an ordinance requiring retailers to display the amount of radiation cell phones emit.

The city said the move will help customers make an informed decision when they make mobile phone purchases. Advocates would argue that it is no different than requiring restaurants and fast food joints to display the caloric content of its food.

In a prepared statement, the CTIA said the move will cause confusion. The upcoming CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in October will be the last one for the “foreseeable future.”

CTIA and the wireless industry are disappointed that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved the so-called ‘Cell Phone Right-to-Know’ ordinance. Rather than inform, the ordinance will potentially mislead consumers with point of sale requirements suggesting that some phones are ‘safer’ than others based on radio frequency (RF) emissions. In fact, all phones sold legally in the U.S. must comply with the Federal Communications Commission’s safety standards for RF emissions. According to the FCC, all such compliant phones are safe phones as measured by these standards. The scientific evidence does not support point of sale requirements that would suggest some compliant phones are ‘safer’ than other compliant phones based on RF emissions.

Some say the ordinance will also place an undue burden on small retailers, who may not have the resources to comply with the minutia of the new requirement.

The move could have a big impact on San Francisco’s bottom line, as the CTIA estimates the nearly 68,000 attendees of the conference generate nearly $80 million for the Bay Area. No solid word on where future shows will be held but I’d bet on Orlando.

Wherever its held, you know IntoMobile will be giving you up-to-the-minute coverage of these important shows.

[Via CTIA, photo]

  • Winston Court

    Everyone does realize that the frequencies of radio waves which are used by cell phones have many of the same qualities as those frequencies of radio waves your microwave oven uses, right? And, among those qualities is the quality to cook food, or specifically meat! Although the power levels that phones emit are only a small fraction of the power levels used in microwave ovens, I would personally consider it nice to know the levels the phones are emitting. And, yes, those levels might influence my purchases of phones. One example would be, in the city with easy access to cell towers, why not go with the lowest possible emission levels and worry about my health. However, if I lived in a remote location I would have to accept higher levels and use a bluetooth device to keep the phone away. But yes, I think the cell makers should have the radiation levels available for their phones. If not a sticker right on the phone, then the phones documentation should contain these specifications. And, there should be standards in play, so one phone can be compared against another in a meaningful way. As, I would highly suspect that cell manufacturers would want to play games with these figures. But, figure it out for yourself. The cost of cell phone manufacturers to provide this data would amount to a penny or two per phone, so why are they so loath to provide the data? And, yes, I do know there are federal regulations which set allowable levels. Having been involved in industries utilizing various levels of radio frequencies in the microwave bands, I am also aware that these levels of radiation allowed are MUCH TOO HIGH, in my opinion. And, maybe cooking your head will cause cancer, maybe it won't, and once your head is cooked, maybe you won't care. ROFLOL

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