5G is safe says the FCC

first_img Tags Share your voice Post a comment US regulators say there’s no evidence that cellphones harm health and they’re not changing current safety limits.  Pau Barrena / AFP/Getty Images Cellphones — old and new — are safe, including those that’ll use new 5G technology. That’s according to a new proposal that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated Thursday. It would keep the agency’s current safety limits for radio frequency exposure the same as they’ve been for 23 years.  Following more than six years of public input and review, the agency said the current exposure levels for cellphones, wireless towers, Wi-Fi routers and all other devices emitting RF signals are safe. Agency officials added that they don’t have any concern for new gear using 5G technology, including gear that uses millimeter wavelength frequencies.The FCC, which sets radio frequency limits in close consultation with the Food and Drug Administration and other health agencies, said that the other agencies were also in agreement on keeping the current limits in place.  “The available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits,” Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, wrote to the FCC. “No changes to the current standards are warranted at this time.”Rally Against 5G Networks In PolandThe FCC says that current RF safety levels are sufficient. And that 5G poses no risk to health.  NurPhoto There have been concerns and questions about the safety of mobile devices for years. In 2011, the World Health Organization said cellphones might cause some brain cancers, leaving open the possibility that a link exists between cancer and cellphone radiation.But most studies haven’t found a link between radio frequency signals from cellphones or cell towers and disease. Concerns have grown recently as mobile carriers throughout the world race to deploy this fifth generation of cellular technology, or 5G. Specifically, there have been concerns that the high-frequency spectrum known as millimeter wavelengths, or mmWave, used in early deployments to make 5G a reality could pose adverse health effects for the public. Adding to the concern is the fact that 5G deployments require many more small cell towers to be deployed much closer to where people live, work and go to school. The growing fear about the health effects has caused lawmakers and policy makers throughout the world to start putting on the brakes. But FCC officials on Thursday reiterated there’s no reason for concern. An FCC official told reporters during a press briefing that there’s “nothing special about 5G.” They added that the scientific evidence to date indicates that 5G is no different from any other cellular technology, including 4G or 3G in terms of causing health effects. They also added that the higher-frequency signals used to deliver 5G also pose no health risk, and that the existing RF exposure guidelines are still applicable to 5G, regardless of the spectrum band used to deliver the service. The officials also emphasized that current RF exposure limits apply to any device emitting a radio frequency signal and are not limited to phones. Also, as part of the proposal, Pai recommends the agency establish a uniform set of guidelines to ensure companies making devices comply with the limits regardless of the technology that’s being used.  The FCC has for years been criticized for not updating its cellphone safety standards since 1996. Critics have argued that the levels should be reviewed based on the latest wireless technology. The agency uses a value known as a SAR, or specific absorption rate, to determine if devices can be safely sold in the US. The SAR measures the amount of power that’s absorbed in the body per given mass. While the FCC hasn’t updated its SAR level recommendations since the 1990s, others have reviewed the limits. In March of this year, the engineering group IEEE recommended the safety levels remain about the same as they have been since 1996.The FCC opened a proceeding in 2013 to look into the RF levels. And the order circulated Thursday by Pai is the result of that review.  Mobile 0 FCClast_img read more

Lawmakers Search For Education Bill Solution

first_imgFull House: The House of Representatives and the Senate met in a Joint Session in the House Chambers on April 17, 2014. They confirmed all of the governor’s appointees to boards and commissions. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Last night, the Alaska State Legislature failed to meet their 90-day deadline after the House and Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on a major education bill. Lawmakers stayed on the floor until 4am trying to wrap up their work, but it was not enough. Now, they’re back at the Capitol for a 91st day of session trying to hammer out a deal.Download AudioAPRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is there with them right now. Hello, Alexandra.Hello, Lori.Has any progress been made on the education bill?The Senate just finished their debate and passed their version 16-4, with Anchorage Democrats opposing the legislation. The bill before them was introduced by the governor and is a major priority for him. It’s a pretty sprawling piece of legislation, and it includes provisions to that make it easier to establish charters school, gets rid of the high school exit exam, all sorts of things. But the big hang-up has been the education funding question.The governor started the session with an $85 increase to the base student allocation in it, with future increases promised. That’s the amount of money a school gets for each student, and every $100 increase is worth about $25 million. The House more than doubled that number, with an education package worth about $250 million over three years. The Senate went even higher – up to $330 million — but they offered that money as one-time funding.That’s where things blew up.Many education advocates have been screaming for that money to be put into the base student allocation because it gives schools a lot more security. If the money is a one-time thing, there’s no guarantee the school districts won’t have to come back and ask for it again to help make up their budget gaps and avoid teacher layoffs.The debate that happened in the Senate is kind of a pro forma thing. Democrats offered amendments to the bill, but none were adopted. The real fight will happen when the bill gets sent back to the House, because it could trigger a pretty unusual negotiating process called a free conference committee.Can you explain what that does?Last night, as everyone was kind of slaphappy and it was clear that the Senate and House just did not see eye to eye on education funding, I heard one legislator describe it as a committee with super powers. The House will send a few of their people, the Senate will send theirs, and then they hammer out their differences in a way that hopefully works for both bodies. In a normal conference committee, you pick and choose the bits that each side like. But in free conference, you have the power to add completely new stuff and dramatically change the bill. It’s something that’s really only used when there’s a major impasse. But because the committee has the power to add entirely new language to the bill, there’s a risk for things to get messy.Are there any other hang ups beyond funding?There are a few. The House doesn’t like that the Senate took out language that lengthens the probationary period from three years to five years before  urban teachers can get tenure. They also don’t like that the Senate version requires municipalities to take on a bigger burden in funding education. That provision could result increased property taxes in some communities, which doesn’t really play well in an election year.So, how long can session go at this point?Even though voters put a 90-day limit on the legislative session a few years back, the Legislature can meet up to 121 days without running afoul of the Constitution. Obviously, people want to get out as quickly as possible, but since they’ve already blown the deadline, they may as well try to get things done as best they can and finish work on other bills that were at risk of dying.How much work is left unfinished, aside from education?Well, the two other big priority bills did pass this weekend. At the beginning of session, Gov. Sean Parnell asked the Legislature to put a few billion dollars toward the pension system and to pass a bill that allows a massive natural gas pipeline to be built. The Legislature did that. That’s done. That’s off their plate.But there are still dozens of lawmakers’ personal bills that got close to passing, but were then held up either as leverage in negotiations or were just caught up in the logjam as things fell apart this past week. Those cover everything from a popular crime reform bill to legislation allowing the DMV to offer license plates with bears on them.last_img read more

Death toll rises to 17 in Delhi hotel fire

first_imgDelhi Fire Services (DFS) and Delhi police personnel stand outside Hotel Arpit Palace after extinguishing a fire that broke out on its premises in New Delhi on 12 February 2019. Photo: AFPAt least 17 people died on Tuesday as a fire tore through a budget hotel in Delhi before dawn, in the latest disaster to raise concerns over fire safety in India.The fire broke out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor.”We have confirmed with hospital authorities, the toll is now 17 including a child,” Sunil Choudhary, a fire brigade official, told AFP.Local media reports said the woman and the child died as they tried to escape by jumping from a window.G.C. Misra, Delhi fire brigade director, said the blaze had been brought under control and that 35 people were rescued by firefighters in an operation lasting several hours.”There was wooden panelling on corridors because of which people could not use corridors to evacuate,” another fire officer told reporters.Images showed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of four-storey hotel, popular with budget travellers.Police said they were investigating the cause.The blaze was extinguished in the early hours with the help of at least 25 fire engines, with the top floors being gutted.Fires are common across India because of poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations.Activists say builders and landlords often cut corners on safety to save costs and have accused civic authorities of negligence and apathy.Fire disasters are particularly frequent in Mumbai, India’s financial capital where millions live in cramped and dilapidated properties because of high rents.In December, eight people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai.In 2017, 14 people were killed, also in Mumbai, when a huge blaze tore through a popular restaurant.last_img read more

Calls In Space

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals August 11, 2006 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneur magazine, April 1999Late last year, Vice President Al Gore placed the world’s first call on a satellite phone handset. From the White House, Gore dialed up Dr. Robert Ballard, the research scientist and deep-sea explorer who discovered the sunken Titanic in 1983. After nearly a decade of hype, and plenty of failed experiments, satellite telephones have finally arrived.Just what are satellite phones? In look, feel and operability, they’re nearly identical to conventional cellular phones. But as any heavy cell phone user can attest, conventional cellular phones and even sophisticated digital wireless phones have limited capabilities. You can use them only in prescribed areas, and if your cellular phone carrier doesn’t offer service in that area, you’re out of luck.Satellite phones provide service anywhere, any time to any user. They send their telephone signals to satellites orbiting the earth, which then transmit them to other satellites that beam them down to their final destination. They allow you to make a call from a mountaintop, your car, or even from the Oval Office, if you have that kind of access.Costs are about 10 percent more than conventional cellular service–but for entrepreneurs who always have to be in touch, the expense may be worth it. Currently, American Mobile Satellite Corp. and Motorola are among the companies that offer satellite services.Gene Koprowski has covered the tech industry for 10 years and writes a monthly computing column for “The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition.” Contact him at 74203.1677@compuserve.com 2 min read Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

RIUs top family resort in Punta Cana debuts brand new look

first_imgTags: Punta Cana, RIU Hotels & Resorts Travelweek Group PUNTA CANA — RIU Hotels & Resorts’ most family-friendly hotel in Punta Cana has reopened following a major overhaul to its rooms, restaurants, pools and services.ClubHotel Riu Bambu, inaugurated in 1999, was previously refurbished in 2004 and again in 2010, but only performed a complete overhaul earlier this year. The five-star, all-inclusive hotel now boasts new furniture and décor in all rooms, plus refurbished bathrooms, two new pools (in addition to three existing pools) with two new swim-up bars, and a new gymnasium next to the beach. The Riu4U club for young guests is another new item resulting from the refurbishment.Culinary options have also seen some changes. The hotel has seven restaurants including the new Spanish restaurant Olé and the gourmet eatery Kulinarium. Guests will continue to have the main restaurant available to them with international cuisine, as well as the Asian Hibachi, the Italian San Angelo, the Palm Beach steakhouse and the Mexican Mama Juana.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckRIU Hotels currently has six hotels in Punta Cana: The Riu Palace Bavaro, Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Naiboa and ClubHotel Riu Bambu, which are located in the RIU complex. Clients also have free access to the Splash Water World water park, while the Riu Republica, the first adults-only hotel in the Riu Classic range, is located a mere two kilometres away. Riu Republica will showcase major changes at the end of this year, including 400 new rooms, four new restaurants, five bars and a new water park. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Wednesday, July 19, 2017 RIU’s top family resort in Punta Cana debuts brand new look Sharelast_img read more