• CTIA has asked a federal court in California to block enforcement of a new San Francisco ordinance requiring retailers to display an informational poster and provide fact sheets to consumers about the health risks of cell phone radiofrequency (RF) emissions. The law took effect last week. CTIA alleges that the law violates the First Amendment’s free speech requirements and is preempted by federal law. CTIA also asserts that the information that will be provided to consumers is misleading, because the FCC already limits RF emissions to ensure they are below those levels shown in tests to have adverse health effects. CTIA v. San Francisco, No. 10-cv-3224 (N.D. Cal.).
  • Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Al Franken, D-Minn., have introduced S. 1652, the “Consumer Mobile Fairness Act,” that would prohibit mobile service providers from including binding arbitration clauses in contracts for mobile voice and data services. It is an effort to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, in which the Court found that California’s state common law unconscionability doctrine could not be used to invalidate a mandatory arbitration clause in AT&T’s mobile phone contract. Senate bill S.1652 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. View the bill here.
  • Reply Comments on the FCC Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the use of microwave links for wireless backhaul are due October 25, 2011. For more information, click here. To view the NPRM, click here.
  • Comments on the draft Mobile Medical Applications guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are due October 19, 2011. The draft guidelines are available here. Filing instructions are provided in the document.