Campus wi-fi safety information

Library & IT is working hard to improve wireless coverage around campus.  During the summer, we upgraded the infrastructure in several residence halls and academic spaces, and we will now shift our focus to other areas of campus.

Part of this strategy is to move wireless access points out of the hallways and into residence hall rooms and classrooms.  Because of differences in thickness of walls, we felt it was better to have the access points nearer to the people who would be using them. With the access points in more visible spaces, we wanted to share with the Bucknell community the following information.

All of our wireless access points are compliant with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.  The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology evaluates the effect of emissions from FCC-regulated transmitters on the quality of the human environment. At the present time there is no federally-mandated radio frequency (RF) exposure standard, however devices must be tested and registered as FCC compliant.

The FCC maintains information on its website:  http://transition.fcc.gov/oet/rfsafety/rf-faqs.html

Since 1996, the FCC has required that all wireless communications devices sold in the United States meet its minimum guidelines for safe human exposure to radio frequency (RF) energy.  FCC guidelines and rules regarding RF exposure are based upon standards developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, with input from other federal agencies (like OSHA and EPA).

All wireless devices sold in the US go through a formal FCC approval process to ensure that they do not exceed the maximum allowable RF level when operating at the device’s highest possible power level.

Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that “the levels of RF exposure from base stations and wireless networks are so low that the temperature increases are insignificant and do not affect human health.” (WHO Fact Sheet on Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health, http://www.who.int/peh-emf/publications/facts/fs304/en/)

Library & IT takes the efficacy of our network seriously, but, above all, we value the health and safety of our campus community.  If you have any questions about our computing and networking resources, please contact techdesk@bucknell.edu, or call 570.577.7777.

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