Wireless Radiation

Wireless radiation, also known as radio frequency (RF) microwave radiation, is a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation with frequencies between 300 MHz and 300 gigahertz. This type of radiation is emitted by virtually all transmitting wireless devices, including cell phones, laptops, tablets, game consoles, baby monitors and routers, as well as cell towers, DAS systems and "small cell" 4G/5G antennas.

Fast Facts

  • Thousands of scientific studies demonstrate biological harm from exposure to wireless radiation, including cancer and DNA breaks.


  • The exposure guidelines set by the FCC were adopted in 1996, based only on thermal effects, not the non-thermal biological effects currently being proven.


  • Experts from around the world are calling for a moratorium on further expansion of wireless networks.

A growing body of independent scientific studies from around the world is demonstrating that exposure to wireless radiation can disrupt the function of cells in our body, leading to DNA damage, neurological impairment, reproductive problems and cancer. A ten-year, $30-million-dollar study conducted by the National Toxicology Program of the National Institutes of Health, designed to determine if non-thermal levels of wireless radiation from cell phones could cause cancer or other biological harm, found "clear evidence" that it did. A concurrent study by the Ramazzini Institute in Italy found similar results, but from distant cell towers.

Human exposure guidelines for RF microwave radiation established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) were last updated in 1996, and address only thermal, not biological impacts of exposure. Recently the agency commissioners, most of whom have had long careers in the telecom industry, announced that despite the new science, the FCC was standing by its 25-year old guidelines. However, in response to a recent lawsuit, the federal court has now ordered the FCC to re-evaluate its guidelines based on new science. 


As with most environmental exposures, populations especially at risk for harm from wireless radiation include pregnant women, children, the elderly, individuals with implanted medical devices, or cardiac and neurological problems. A growing number of individuals also report symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity, a condition also known as "microwave sickness."

For more information on wireless technology, please visit one of our dedicated websites:

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