The Nation journalists, Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie, have written a modern powerful expose of industry influence in the science of wireless safety that closely resembles tobacco tactics. Their article, How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe: A Special Investigation is an in-depth investigation highlighting the twists and turns of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) as it suppressed the results of its own research. Their studies aimed to show that this non-ionizing radiation was safe. The findings by epidemiologist George Carlo were not what industry expected or liked. The industry financed Wireless Technology Research project (WTR), directed by George Carol, found “The risk of rare neuro-epithelial tumors on the outside of the brain was more than doubled…in cell phone users…” . They also found, “the ability of radiation from a phone’s antenna to cause functional genetic damage [was] definitely positive….”. George Carlo was publicly discredited by then president of CTIA, Tom Wheeler, who later became chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The efforts of industry successfully calmed concerns of harm by creating doubt and mounting a campaign of controversy.
This investigation of the telecommunications industry comes on the heels of the release of the California Department of Public Health Guidelines to reduce exposure to cell phone radiation and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Report on Cell Phone Radiation and Cancer and the NTP study Peer Review Conclusions found “Clear Evidence” of carcinogenicity of cell phone radiation. See also– https://mdsafetech.org/ntp-study-2016/
- How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe: A Special Investigation: The disinformation campaign—and massive radiation increase—behind the 5G rollout. The Nation. March 29, 2018. By Mark Hertsgaard and mark Dowie. How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe
- Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications commission is Dominated but the Industries it Presumably Regulates. By Norm Alster. Harvard University Center for Ethics. Captured Agency