FCC chairman addresses 5G safety concerns in letters to lawmakers

first_img Share your voice FCC 6 Mobile FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says lawmakers need not worry about 5G safety concerns.  / Getty Images FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is trying to quell fears among lawmakers that 5G radios are dangerous to health. On Thursday, the chairman sent a series of letters to lawmakers in response to inquiries about health concerns related to 5G that been sent to him in the past couple of months. In each of the letters he said that the FCC places a “high priority on the safety of wireless services and devices.” He said the agency’s guidelines for RF exposure are derived from guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the industry group the IEEE and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. “The FCC relies on the expertise of health and safety agencies and organizations with respect to appropriate levels of RF exposure,” he said. “These institutions have extensive experience and knowledge in RF-related issues and have spent a considerable amount of time evaluating published scientific studies that can inform appropriate exposure limits.”The response comes as concerns about the safety of 5G wireless technology has been increasing among lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Three Congressmen in the past two months have sent letters to the agency expressing their concerns about potential negative health effects due to exposure to radio frequencies used in delivering 5G wireless service. Representatives Andy Kim, a Democrat from New Jersey,  Thomas Suozzi, a Democrat from New York, and Peter Defazio, a Democrat from Oregon, say their constituents are worried that 5G radios, which are being deployed atop street lights every few blocks in many communities, may have negative effects that are still unknown. “Small cell towers are being installed in residential neighborhoods in close proximity to houses throughout my district,” said Rep. Suozzi in his letter. “I have heard instances of these antennae being installed on light poles directly outside the window of a young child’s bedroom. Rightly so, my constituents are worried that should this technology be proven hazardous in the future, the health of their families and value of their properties would be at serious risk.”5G, which refers to the fifth generation of cellular technology, is the next big thing in wireless technology and it’s been hailed as the foundation for other big trends like self-driving cars and streaming virtual reality.Unlike previous generations of wireless, 5G will require up to five times the amount of infrastructure as 3G or 4G deployments. The big promise of 5G — a massive leap in speed — requires the use of super high-frequency radio waves, called millimeter-wave spectrum, that are limited by range and obstructions like trees. The result is a network requiring radios on every city block, versus 4G gear that transmits signals over miles.What this means is that there could be nearly 800,000 of these so-called small cells deployed in the US between 2018 and 2026 to provide 5G, according to a study commissioned by the wireless industry trade group CTIA. In a separate report, CTIA estimates that roughly 323,000 cell sites were in service at the end of 2017.Rep. Kim said in his letter that the FCC noted that the agency has not updated its regulations regarding radiofrequency RF safety since 1996. He also pointed out that the current RF safety guidelines don’t account for the higher frequencies that 5G service uses or the fact that so many more radios are needed to achieve 5G service coverage. He asked the FCC to answer a series of questions about what research has been conducted as it relates to the safety of 5G.”Despite the close proximity to sensitive areas where these high-band cells will be installed, little research has been conducted to examine 5G safety,” he said. He added that the FCC has admitted that its guidelines need to be reassessed with respect to the use of newer wireless technologies. Rep. Defazio noted that the Government Accountability Office made a similar recommendation in 2012. “It is unacceptable that six years later the FCC still has not conducted a reassessment of its 1996 guidelines,” Defazio said in his letter.In his letters, Pai noted that the FCC has had an open proceeding to address updating its guidelines since 2013. And he assured the lawmakers the agency is working through the “voluminous” record to see if anything needs to be changed or updated. But he did not address specific concerns brought up in the letters. He also offered to bring congressional staff into the FCC’s testing facility in Columbia, Maryland so that they could “see and speak with our engineers and technicians as they operate the RF testing equipment.”Pai’s response is consistent with comments he made to the press in April. When asked about the issue during a press conference in April, Pai acknowledged that the nature of 5G “will be very different” than  4G, since it relies on small cells. But he said that the radios operate at much lower power than traditional cell sites. He added that “from that perspective, I am confident that in consultation with the FDA, which is the lead on this issue, that the technology will be safe.” Tags Commentslast_img read more

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Shikhar Dhawan mocks R Ashwin responds to Mankad warning with a bizarre

first_imgAshwin’s picture was shredded by James Anderson.Ravichandran Ashwin Instagram Shikhar Dhawan performed a few bizarre moves as a response to Ravichandran Ashwin’s ‘Mankading’ warning when Delhi Capitals took on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League clash on Saturday, April 20. The match at Feroz Shah Kotla featured the teams ranked three and four on the points table, thus the stakes were pretty high. Punjab batted first and scored 163 in their 20 overs and in response, Delhi made a solid start to reach 108 runs for the loss of the solitary wicket of young Prithvi Shaw in the 13th over. After two balls of the over had been bowled, Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer was on strike and Ashwin was the bowler. The skipper of KXIP, instead of delivering the ball, stopped his run-up immediately as reached the popping crease, gave a glance at an advancing Dhawan at the non-striker’s end and went back to the start of his mark to bowl the next delivery. This was the second non-verbal warning of the match for Dhawan as he had earlier wandered well outside his crease in the 12th over. On that occasion, Murugan Ashwin warned the Delhi batsman. Ashwin gave a Mankad warning to Dhawan.Hotstar ScreengrabDhawan, not one to back away from a challenge, proceeded to do a stretch after planting his bat inside the crease as Ashwin returned to his bowling mark. But what took the cake and got a massive applause was when the Delhi batsman pulled out some of his nightclub moves. As Ashwin was delivering the third ball of the over, Dhawan — with bat inside the crease at the non-striker’s end — gyrated his hips and shook his entire body with eyes fixed on the bowler. “That was great to watch, the crowd also joining in. They are watching all this — fun games,” said Sanjay Manjrekar on commentary as fellow commentator Lisa Sthalekar could be heard laughing hysterically in the background. “This is a nice little byplay between the two. But you can sense that this is a crucial moment [in the match]. Yeah, he [Dhawan’s] not going to make the mistake [of leaving his crease] again,” said Sthalekar. “He’s done a twist from the ’60s,” concluded Manjrekar as replays of Dhawan’s odd, yet adorable, dance moves were shown in the replays. Dhawan played a handy knock of 56 in the match as he helped Delhi chase down the score with two balls to spare. The India international was dismissed by Hardus Viljoen and incidentally, it was Ashwin who took a fantastic catch, running to his left. After Dhawan’s dismissal, it was skipper Shreyas Iyer who took charge and saw his side home courtesy a man of the match performance. With that victory, Delhi moved to 12 points from 10 games and consolidated their third-place position on the points table. The capital franchise will face Rajasthan Royals in their next game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on April 22.last_img read more

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Tata Motors appoints Airbus COO Guenter Butschek as its CEO MD

first_imgTata Motors has appointed Guenter Butschek as chief executive officer and managing director. Butschek will take charge by 15 February, 2016, after he completes his last assignment at the Airbus Group, where he served as chief operating officer at Airbus and Member of the Group Executive Committee.Butschek will lead all operations of Tata Motors in India and in international markets, including in South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and South Africa. Jaguar Land Rover will continue to be managed by its Chief Executive Officer and Director Ralf Speth, who is also on the Tata Motors board, said Tata Motors in a statement.Prior to Airbus, Butschek worked at Daimler AG for more than 25 years on international automotive management, production, industrialisation and procurement. The last role he held was president and chief executive officer of Beijing Benz Automotive Co Ltd, a joint venture between Daimler AG and Beijing Automotive Industrial Holding in Beijing, China.Butschek graduated in business administration and economics with a diploma from the University of Cooperative Education, Stuttgart, Germany. His appointment comes two year after the unexpected demise of then MD Karl Slym on 26 January, 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand.”Tata Motors is going through an exciting yet challenging phase and Butschek’s appointment comes at an opportune moment. He brings with him rich global experience of growing organizations and developing new markets. I am confident that Butschek’s ability to lead high performing teams will enable our company to achieve sustainable, profitable growth,” said Cyrus P Mistry, Chairman, Tata Motors.last_img read more

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Dynamo Defender Dylan Remick Discusses The Teams Return To The Postseason

first_img Listen Share 00:00 /05:08 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: There’s more than one Houston sports team in the midst of a playoff run. The Houston Dynamo go on the road to Portland to take on the Timbers Sunday night (Nov. 5, 2017) in the second leg of the Major League Soccer Western Conference Semifinals.The Dynamo played the Timbers to a scoreless tie Monday night in Houston, meaning whichever team wins Sunday will move on to the Western Conference Finals against either the Seattle Sounders or the Vancouver Whitecaps.Dynamo defender Dylan Remick joins us to talk about the match, the team’s return to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, and whether the team and its fans feel the Dynamo’s playoff success has been overshadowed by the Astros.center_img X Houston DynamoHouston Dynamo defender Dylan Remick. last_img read more

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Indias cultural influences reflect in its cuisine Rocco

first_imgHaving visited India five times in the last three years for a total of 26 weeks, Italian-Canadian chef David Rocco feels that the country is his “second home”. He says it’s interesting how the cultural influences of the country shine through its cuisine.Rocco has explored India as part of a TV show for channel FOX Life. For the second season of the Italian-Indian culinary adventure “David Rocco Dolce India”, he returned to the nation and visited lesser-known locales to uncover some hidden gems. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It was really cool discovering these unique and diverse communities throughout India and seeing how their cultural influences are reflected in the cuisine,” said Rocco in an email interview from Toronto. Through his show, which airs in over 150 countries including India, he introduces viewers to the Portuguese influence in Goa, the Chinese community in Kolkata and the holiest of Punjabi traditions in Amritsar, while sampling plenty of culinary delights along the way. “I was first introduced to Indian food many years ago, but having Indian food in India is a totally different experience than outside of India. And of course making my first Indian dish was a little intimidating, but I’ve learnt a lot since then in terms of ingredients and technique. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“In season two of my show, I’m much more comfortable with the process and I really start to play around with certain dishes, combining flavours that north and south Indians might never have even thought to work with,” said Rocco, whose first attempt at Indian food was a ‘dal’ (lentil) and he found it “pretty straightforward” in making.The author of three cookbooks, Rocco has travelled the world over. But he said: “I’m attracted to India for its diversity and the warmth of its people”. He is also fascinated with the importance given to food and family in the Indian culture, which he finds “so diverse, from region to region”. In his show, he says he fuses his own style of cooking with Indian ingredients as “inspiration”.“You could call it the easy Indian approach. I’m really being an ambassador to the people outside of India, helping them see how accessible Indian cooking can be,” he added, stressing that localisation of global cuisine is “an incredibly common thing around the world”.“For instance, McDonalds is different everywhere you go! If you look at Italian food, you can get it pretty much everywhere in the world: lasagne, pizza and pasta are probably some of the most universally liked dishes that you can get in any major city across the globe. Is it authentic? Most likely not.last_img read more

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State to introduce Medhabi Bhata in Gandhijis honour

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has decided to introduce Medhabi Bhata in honour of Gandhiji. The Chief Minister has announced a series of programmes to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.While addressing a gathering in a programme at Beliaghata Gandhi Bhavan, the Chief Minister said: “The Higher Education department will be introducing Medhabi Bhata in honour of Gandhiji.”Banerjee has also announced that a procession will be organised next year on October 2 in the city. She said: “The route of the venue will be announced later. I will urge people from all sections to attend the rally.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe further said that the state government has taken over Gandhi Bhavan at Beliaghata to restore it. The step has been taken as it is a heritage building and needs to be preserved properly for the next generation.”The state government has taken steps for restoration of Gandhi Bhavan at Beliaghata and Rs 3.5 crore will be spent for the same. There will be a museum as well,” she said, adding that the Gandhi Bhavan here is of great historical value, as Gandhiji was present here on the day India became independent, on August 15 in 1947. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe further said that the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi will be observed across the country in 2019. “But we have started from 2018 onwards and there will be a series of programmes that will continue for the next two years,” she said, adding that steps will be taken to spread the message of Mahatma Gandhi across the state.She further said that the university named after Gandhiji is coming up at Tamluk in East Midnapore. Tamluk has been selected to set up the university as it is one of the three places in the country that first got independent.There will be a chair in the name of Gandhiji in Calcutta University. She mentioned that the life and works of Gandhiji is already in the school curriculum in Bengal.last_img read more

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