Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai warned that short-wavelength radio signals from remote antenna sites pose a “significant danger” to human health and the environment.
Pai made the comments during an interview with The Associated Press’ Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources,” airing Thursday.
“These antennas are very, very close to homes, they are in very rural areas,” Pai said.
“They’re often used for hunting and fishing, but also in some rural communities in particular.
They’re used for other things.
They also are used for recreational purposes, like outdoor movies, for recreation and recreation, but they also are a significant danger to human beings.”
Pai said that in order to avoid radio interference that could pose a risk to human life and the ecosystem, he asked the FCC to set up a national monitoring program to monitor short- and medium-wave signals from antennas in the United States.
He also called for the creation of a new rule to prohibit short-sighted antennas from being used for radio broadcasting.
Pais also warned that the FCC should look at banning short-range antenna use from within the country.
This is a public safety issue that we’re addressing,” he said.
If the federal government takes away a radio frequency, or radio-frequency, from the United Nations, for example, then there are a whole bunch of things that could happen in the U.S. and abroad.
That’s a real concern, and it’s a concern we should be addressing.”
The FCC will hold public hearings on proposed rules for short- or medium-waiting radio signals at its December 18-19 meeting in Cincinnati.
The commission will then submit proposed rules to the U,S.
Senate, which has 60 days to vote on the rules, or it could go to the president for a veto.
In addition to the proposed rules, Pai also warned about short-sighted policies from the FCC and others in the government.
He said that it was time for the FCC “to recognize that this is not a simple matter.
This is an issue of the health of our air and water.””
The public health is an important issue,” Pai added.
“And I think it’s time for us to do our part to take a step back and look at this issue, take a look at the way we’re going to protect our health and our environment and our safety.
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