Radiofrequency Exposure Limits Revised: FCC Proposes Expanding Rules to Cover Higher Frequencies

by Peter Tannenwald, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth

The FCC has resolved many of the issues that it has been considering since 2013 with respect to limits on the exposure of human beings to radiofrequency (“RF”) energy. An important aspect of the decision is that existing exposure limits will not be tightened. However, the environmental rules dealing with RF exposure have been significantly rewritten, with more uniform criteria for exemptions from environmental assessment, more flexibility in how to establish compliance, and more specificity in required mitigation techniques in exposure risk situations.

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