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Are Radio Waves Injuring Us?

Experts say mounting scientific evidence demonstrates a causal link between radio frequency (RF) exposure and physical cognitive injuries.
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Emerging Technologies Pose Significant Risks with Possible Long-Tail Losses

The insurance industry faces a constantly escalating level of exposure from rapidly developing technologies with risks that are not well understood. In many situations, the science associated with understanding these new risks is in the early stages of development.
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Antennas: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

The city of Phoenix, Ariz. has pretty specific ideas about what it wants cellular antennas in residential areas to look like: anatomically correct palm trees of a maximum 65-feet with 55 fronds, a leaf cluster and a maximum trunk diameter of 26 inches.
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The Invisible Threat: Radiofrequency Radiation Risk

Decades of scientific research dating back to 1960 has determined that excessive exposure to radiofrequency radiation is hazardous to human health. In response, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology, developed the first standard for human exposure limits to radiofrequency radiation in 1966.
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Radiation From Cell Phones and WiFi Are Making People Sick -- Are We All at Risk?

We are now exposed to electromagnetic radio frequencies 24 hours a day. Welcome to the largest human experiment ever.
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Next asbestos could be in air

Could radio frequency-producing antennas that are essential for the wireless world be the next asbestos for the insurance industry? They could, writes Gloria Vogel, managing director of New York-based Vogel Capital Management. The insurance industry must reassess its risk management tools and beef up loss control operations' especially its application of risk management to worker safety within the wireless ecosystem to avoid potentially huge claims in the future, she says.
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AIG Introduces OSHA Assist to Cover Construction Clients Facing OSHA Investigations

Today, American International Group, Inc. introduced OSHA Counsel Assist, an enhancement to general liability programs for construction clients that provides policyholders with legal support and additional limits if a work place injury or death results in an investigation by OSHA.
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Verizon Makes OSHA List of Severe Safety Violators

The Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) was created by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2010 with a promise of getting tough on employers who have not honored their employee's safety and health and OSHA's direction.
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What’s Up at the FCC?

Bloomberg News caught a lot of people by surprise last Friday morning with a story announcing that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would review its rules on radiation exposures from cell phones. As Bloomberg's Todd Shields pointed out, the move was long overdue: The FCC's current exposure standard was set in 1996.
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New Forecast Predicts 7 Million LTE Macro Transceiver Shipments in 2016

A new forecast released today by Mobile Experts predicts a shifting market for mobile communications base stations, with new technologies driving growth in the number of radio transceivers deployed annually. The forecast predicts that over 14 million radio transceivers will be installed during 2016, with more than half deployed for LTE services.
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AT&T CMO Coughlin talks pricing, spectrum and ‘the tip of the iceberg’

Cathy Coughlin thinks about data a lot. As Chief Marketing Officer at AT&T, she uses data from customer surveys and network traffic reports to understand what AT&T's customers want. And what they want, of course, is data. Coughlin says data traffic has increased 20,000% on AT&T's network during the last five years, and that there's no end in sight. "We are at the tip of the iceberg," she says. "Everything can and will be wirelessly connected. The smartphone will be the platform, the hub - command central for you home, your healthcare, your car, your wallet."
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SBA Communications buys tower sites for $1 bln

Wireless tower operator SBA Communications Corp will buy more than 2,300 tower sites and some antenna assets from Mobilitie LLC for about $1.09 billion, as it looks to benefit from an explosion in data traffic and arm itself better against larger competitors.
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AT&T's Project VIP to Invest $14 Billion in 3 Years in Key Areas

T&T plans to invest $14 billion over the next three years to significantly expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks and to meet customer demands for quick Internet access and mobile, cloud and application-based services.
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Potential Health Risks of Distributed Antenna Systems in Encinitas Neighborhoods

The city of Encinitas is considering amending a contract allowing Crown Castle International to add additional cell transmitters to light poles around the city, including residential neighborhoods. The problem in a nutshell is the technology has exploded screaming light years ahead of the law. The Telecom law was written in 1996 and has never been amended. The way the law is written forbids any local government from discriminating the location of these transmission devices based on public health or environmental concerns.
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AT&T filed lawsuit against City of San Carlos for rejecting cell tower

San Carlos City had to approve a settlement that stemmed from a lawsuit AT&T filed against the city for rejecting its plan for to install six cell tower antennas.
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Exposure and Testing Requirements for Mobile Phones Should Be Reassessed

Scientific research to date has not demonstrated adverse human health effects of exposure to radio-frequency (RF) energy from mobile phone use, but research is ongoing that may increase understanding of any possible effects. In addition, officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as experts GAO interviewed have reached similar conclusions about the scientific research. Ongoing research examining the health effects of RF energy exposure is funded and supported by federal agencies, international organizations, and the mobile phone industry. NIH is the only federal agency GAO interviewed directly funding studies in this area, but other agencies support research under way by collaborating with NIH or other organizations to conduct studies and identify areas for additional research.
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American Academy of Pediatrics letter to the FCC

Letter sent by American Academy of Pediatrics President Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP to FCC Chair Genachowski urging the FCC to review their radiofquency radiation exposure guidelines and to lower them to protect children.
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Chile’s new antenna regulations draws comments

The Chilean Senate has approved 33-0 new regulations on mobile phone antenna installations. This agreement is expected to be ratified in the coming weeks by the National Congress, and soon to be enacted into the law. Juan Gnius, VP at Signals Telecom Consulting, noted that the new law imposes rules to protect the environment, visual pollution of the antennas and healthcare by imposing a minimum distance antennas can be installed near health centers and educational establishments.
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Radiation beamed from cell phone base stations

The next time you go up on the roof of a building to do some work, take a good look around. Whether you are tarring the roof, painting the elevator shaft, washing the windows, maintaining the HVAC or anything else that might keep you there for some time, do yourself a favor and see if there are any antennas nearby. I'm not referring to those old-time aerials that help improve TV reception; they collect radiation. I am talking about antennas that send out signals, that is, transmit radiation.
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Apple bans radiation measuring Cellular Phone App

If growing news coverage of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation has you concerned, you're not alone. Before it was put on "indefinite hold", the City of San Francisco tried to enact a controversial new law which would require cell phone manufacturers to post the amount of radiation emitted by their respective devices.
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Mobile phone tower radiation, a cause of concern?

For the past couple of months, apart from the scams, what's also making news is the issue of mobile phone tower radiation. Recently new radiation norms were adopted by India and the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) had set September 1 as the deadline for the telecom operators to adhere to them. As per the new norms, the operators were mandated to reduce the radiation levels by 1/10th of the current levels, thus making it 0.9 watt/m2. Furthermore, it was announced that operators who are found flouting these rules would be heavily penalized.
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U.S. has more mobile subscribers than people, study finds

According to the organization, at the end of June, there were 327.6 million wireless service subscribers in the U.S., compared to 315.5 million people living in the country and its territories. CTIA said in a statement that this marks the first time that there are more mobile devices in use than people living in the country.
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Wireless execs see connected devices as 'next big thing'

Hooking up every device to a cellular or wireless connection is the "next big thing" that will drive growth in the industry, according to Glenn Lurie, head of emerging devices for AT&T.
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US Dominant as Global 4G LTE Leader

According to a newly released report form Pyramid Research, the United States now accounts for the largest number of 4G LTE subscriptions in the world for this year.
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Proposed legislation will study electromagnetic fields and cancer

Legislation to study the public health effects of electromagnetic fields proposed by state Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick, will receive a hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 18, before the Joint Committee on Public Health.
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4G smartphone shipments to reach 245 million in 2016

The number of 4G smartphones being shipped annually is expected to hit 245 million in 2016, compared with just 4.6 million last year, according to data out today from ABI Research.
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Condo penthouse owner sues association, alleging privacy and health issues

Dr. Sophia Coen has sued the condominium association, alleging the privacy deeded to her has been taken away, while the original elevator machinery and smattering of air conditioners that quietly hummed above are now surrounded by cellphone towers and antennas.
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Comcast Creates Cell Tower Business

A unit of Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has formed a separate company dedicated to managing hundreds of cell towers and leasing space to wireless service providers.
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U.K. Trades Union Congress urges caution towards RF radiation

On 31st May 2011, the WHO classified RF radiation emitted from wireless devices as a class 2B carcinogen. The Trades Union Congress in the UK has a document about carcinogens in the workplace.
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Mobile industry: The dark side

In contrast to mobile handsets, the radiations from base stations are emitted continuously and are more powerful at close quarters. Several surveys have found a variety of self-reported symptoms for people who live close to base stations including headaches, sleep disorders, poor memory, mental excitation, confusion, anxiety, depression, appetite disturbance and listlessness.
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