Cell Ban

Updated October 3, 2009

Ban or Warnings against Wireless Technology

Governments and organizations that ban or warn against wireless technology

American Bird Conservancy and Forest Conservation Council: Brought a lawsuit against the FCC because millions of migratory birds are being disoriented by microwave radiation and crashing into cell towers

Amateur Radio Relay League Bio-Effects Committee: “The FCC’s standard does not protect against non-thermal effects.”

Australian Democrats: The “explosion in wireless communications technology” is causing widespread illness.

Austrian Medical Association: Warns against Wi-Fi, cordless phones, and cell phone use by children.

Ballinderry Primary School, Ireland: Removed Wi-Fi to protect the children.

Bavaria, Germany: Recommends no Wi-Fi in schools.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The FCC’s exposure standards are “seriously flawed.”

European Environmental Agency: Recommends wireless technology be avoided by vulnerable groups such as children.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA): The FCC’s exposure standard “does not address the issue of long-term, chronic exposure to RF fields.”

Frankfurt, Germany: Bans Wi-Fi in public schools.

Interdisciplinary Society for Environmental Medicine (3000 physicians in Germany): Recommends banning cell phone use by children and banning cell phones and cordless phones in preschools, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, events halls, public buildings and vehicles.

International Association of Fire Fighters: Opposes communication antennas on fire stations.

International Commission on Electromagnetic Safety (comprised of scientists from 16 nations): Recommends limiting cell phone use by children, teenagers, pregnant women and the elderly.

Irish Doctors Environmental Association: Warns that current safety guidelines are “not appropriate.”

Karnataka State, India: Bans cell phones in all schools and pre-university colleges.

Knowsley, Borough of, England: Bans cell phones in schools.

Lakehead University, Ontario: Bans Wi-Fi on campus

Madhya Pradesh, India: Bans cell phones in schools by both students and teachers.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): The FCC’s standard is inadequate because it “is based on only one dominant mechanism—adverse health effects caused by body heating.”

National Library of France: Removed Wi-Fi and installed only cable connections.

Paris, France: Removed Wi-Fi from four libraries.

Prebandal Preparatory School, Chichester, England: Removed Wi-Fi from its campus

Progressive Librarians Guild: Recommends no wireless technology in libraries.

Russian National Committee for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection: Warns that cell phones are unsafe even for short conversations. Children under 16, pregnant women, epileptics, and people with memory loss, sleep disorders and neurological diseases should never use cell phones.

Sainte-Geneviève University, Paris: Removed Wi-Fi from its library.

Salzburg, Austria: Bans Wi-Fi in public schools.

Sebastopol, California: Broke its contract to install citywide Wi-Fi.

Stowe School, Buckinghamshire, England: Removed Wi-Fi from campus.

Therold, Ontario: Broke its contract to install citywide Wi-Fi.

UK Department of Education: Children under 16 should not use cell phones except in an emergency.

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute: Children should never use a cell phone except in an emergency.

Voice (UK Teachers Union): Calls for a ban on Wi-Fi in schools.

Ysgol Pantycelyn School, Carmarthenshirem, Wales: Removed Wi-Fi from campus.


Vienna Resolution 1998

Salzburg Resolution 2000

Declaration of Alcalá 2002

Catania Resolution 2002

Freiburger Appeal 2002

Bamberger Appeal 2004

Maintaler Appeal 2004

Coburger Appeal 2005

Oberammergauer Appeal 2005

Haibacher Appeal 2005

Pfarrkirchener Appeal 2005

Freienbacher Appeal 2005

Lichtenfelser Appeal 2005

Hofer Appeal 2005

Stockacher Appeal 2005

Helsinki Appeal 2005

Benevento Resolution 2006

Allgäuer Appeal 2006

WiMax Appeal 2006

Appeal of March 23, 2007

Brussels Appeal 2007

Venice Resolution 2008

London Resolution 2007

Countries ban use of cell phones by Children

  • · India – No use in children under 16 years of age (also it is an illegal offense for an expecting Mother to use the cell phone)
  • · Israel – No use in children under 12 years of age
  • · Russia – General limitation; no use under 12 years
  • · France – No long calls, no use under 16, banning of advertising to children under 12, mandatory earphones with all cell phones
  • · Japan – General limitation under 18 years of age
  • · Tajikistan – in Central Asia bans mobile phones from schools and Universities (11MAR09) to boost education. If caught carrying or talking on a cell phone, they will be fined.
  • · United Kingdom – General limitation under 12 years of age
  • · Torontos public health department has recommended children under eight should use a cell phone only in emergencies.
  • · Health warnings for children and the use of WiFi in the classroom have also recently arisen out of Germany.
  • · Dr. Devra Davis, Healthy Child Advisory Board Member and Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA quotes:

Last year, 46% of US children aged 8-12 used cell phones. Children under the age of 12 should not use cell phones unless in an emergency situation. If they must use cell phones, make sure they connect using a headset.


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