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Cell Phone Emissions Ordinance Ruling

Cell Tower Blog Post
November 2, 2011

A Federal court has struck down in part and upheld in part a San Francisco ordinance requiring cell phone stores to warn customers about the issues and possible dangers from radio-frequency emissions from cell phones. A copy of the order, a summary of it, and a link to our paper which has suggestions on how municipalities should respond when RF emissions issues are raised in cell tower zoning proceedings can be found on our website.

In brief, the court found that requiring stores to put stickers on their displays and a poster on the wall, both warning about RF emissions issues, unduly infringed on the stores’ First Amendment (freedom of speech) rights.  But it upheld a requirement that stores give cell phone purchasers a fact sheet about RF emissions, if the current sheet was revised in certain respects.

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