Which agency establishes limits for radio frequency (RF) emissions?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in consultation with numerous other federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has developed safety standards. The FCC explains that its standards incorporate prudent margins of safety. It explains further that radio frequency emissions from antennas used for cellular and PCS transmissions result in exposure levels on the ground that are typically thousands of times below safety limits. The FCC provides information about the safety of RF emissions from wireless telecommunications facilities on its website. See this FAQ for additional information and resources.

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1. What is a small cell facility?
2. What is Public Right of Way?
3. What is the range of these systems?
4. Can the City prohibit the installation of wireless telecommunication facilities?
5. What is the status of the small cell application submitted by Verizon for 123 Elm?
6. What is the status of the other small cell applications seeking approval of proposed installations in residential zones?
7. What is the City doing to advocate for residents who disagree with Federal and State laws allowing small cell installations in residential areas?
8. What is 5G? How does it relate to current installations of wireless telecommunications facilities? What are requirements for 5G?
9. Which agency establishes limits for radio frequency (RF) emissions?
10. How can I get more information about my health concerns?
11. Can Local and State governmental bodies establish limits for RF exposure?
12. Is a permit required from the City for these installations?
13. Are these facilities subject to the California Environmental Quality Act or additional environmental review?
14. Who legally owns the poles or wires? Who can legally attach equipment?
15. Do other cities have these small cell systems?
16. Are cities allowed to impose a moratorium?
17. How is it that other cities have successfully prohibited cell towers near residences? For example: Palo Alto, Burlingame, Hillsborough near here but there are others.
18. Are carriers allowed to put small cells on schools? Near schools? Near Parks?
19. My house is a cell phone "dead spot." Will the installation of small cell facilities help?
20. Can the city limit only one vendor per pole? How likely will be it that there are multiple small cell antenna installations on the same pole?
21. I have more Radio Frequency (RF) emission questions – where else can I obtain information?