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Daliarw
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2010 18:22
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Don't mean to be scaremongering, but can someone explain what this means in terms of increase in powr etc am not technical). I for one have noticed signals at my home increased strongly over last 2 weeks - Is this a co-incidence?
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/3Glicences/statement/

Statement below:
Application for a variation to 3G licences (and consequent proposal to vary draft 2GHz MSS/CGC Base station licences)Statement published 08|09|10

Executive summary
1.1 This statement sets out Ofcom's decision to permit an increase of the maximum in-band power limit for the five existing 3G licences and, consequently, future 2 GHz MSS/CGC licences to 65 dBm e.i.r.p. per carrier. This increase would only apply to the base transmit power in the Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) portion of the 3G spectrum.

1.2 We consider that this has the potential to provide benefits for customers through improved voice capacity, data throughput and in-building signal availability by making more effective use of currently available base station technology. We believe that in practice this will have no adverse effect on the operation of services in adjacent spectrum bands.

1.3 Our consultation was triggered by a variation request from Vodafone Ltd (subsequently supported by the four other 3G network operators Telefónica O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Three) to increase the maximum in-band power from the current level of 62 dBm e.i.r.p. per carrier to 65 dBm e.i.r.p. per carrier. We proposed an increase to 68 dBm e.i.r.p. per carrier in order to provide headroom for likely developments in 3G base station technology and noting that in other countries there is no specific e.i.r.p. per cell carrier. However, responses received did not support the higher level and we have therefore decided to limit the increase to 65 dBm e.i.r.p. per carrier.

1.4 The consultation also drew a number of responses from individuals and groups concerned about the potential impact of base station transmissions on health and the environment. In its the response, the Health Protection Agency noted that the levels of emissions measured in the vicinity of base stations are generally several orders of magnitude below the level set and recognised internationally as a safe limit for human exposure and the increase in permitted maximum power by 3 dB (a doubling) will not significantly change that position.

Matters covered in this document
1.5 This document is structured as follows:

Section 2 summarises the main features of the 3G licences, the proposed variation request and our assessment of the responses to the consultation;
Section 3 considers the major issues that different parties raised in responses to the consultation. In relation to each issue we summarise the responses and set out our analysis and conclusion;
Section 4 sets out our decision on the proposed variation.

ericgeneric
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2010 19:06
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Ofcom need to be abolished.

And no, it's not any coincidence at all that you're experiencing stronger emissions.

This could be the tipping point for the whole wi-fi juggernaut. There's only so much the human body can take.

The HPA's stance has been discredited for some time, as they insist on slavishing using ICNIRP and ignoring the WORLDWIDE concerns over the impact on human health.

This decision basically flies in the face of all common sense and current research findings. It's "we are doing this whatever the cost, and here are some lies to justify it".

In a word, disgraceful.

EG.

Henrik
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# Posted: 23 Sep 2010 20:50
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Daliarw,

As it says at the end of the statement Off-com (pun intended) have allowed the telecoms to effectively double the output power of their masts. First up is 3G then they plan on upping the 2G/GSM bands as well.

Let's watch the news for stories of GP's wondering about sudden increase in health compaints and hospitals overcrowding.

Daliarw
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# Posted: 24 Sep 2010 21:14
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Henrik,

F...Offcom You mean :-) :-) Britain flies in the face of sense and precaution! This is at the same time, that a judge in France ordered a mobile co (or was it all) to reduce their emissions substantionally, (France's limits I believe were already lower than ours) the judge said basically, he does not trust legislation there!. I have searched and searched and cant find the article. If anyone comes across it, please please post me the link. Thank You

Daliarw
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# Posted: 24 Sep 2010 21:18
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Eric, the HPA publsihed some time ago a document regarding Electrosensitivity> I wanted to get my hands on it, but the link I found is now non existant, and I have searched their archives, (Funny how they have withdrawn it) but it is not there. I think they published it about 4 years ago. did you come across it by any chance?

Daliarw
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# Posted: 24 Sep 2010 21:24
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Ofcom state they
"measure in the vicinity of Base Stations " what does this gobbledegook mean in terms of measuring emissions)? 1 metre, 10 metres? Very scientific they are (not)! They need to measure further away, and in our homes.

ericgeneric
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# Posted: 24 Sep 2010 22:04
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Dalia, I can answer the last question - Alasdair Phillips (of Powerwatch) posted some explanations on here about how Ofcom do their surveys....it seems they deliberately avoid measuring where the strongest signals/readings are likely to be. Powerwatch had quite a battle with Ofcom about it.

EG.

ericgeneric
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# Posted: 24 Sep 2010 22:06
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I shall look for the HPA material and the French judgement - they're all in our ever-expanding file of stuff about Wi-Fi and EMRs. The es-uk newsletter has all the latest stories and developments; you might want to subscribe to that as each issue is packed with reports and info.

EG.

Henrik
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# Posted: 25 Sep 2010 15:33
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Daliarw,

We covered the HPA electrosensitivty report back in 2005.
They originally said they were releasing a report acknowledging EHS but then got their fingers smacked hard by someone and retracted the whole thing.

Also, the original article from the Times:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article565208.ece

I'll look out for the french article...

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