The United States is taking steps to limit exposure to cellphone radiation, including installing a cell phone camera in every home and a ban on using cell phones in public.
But the government is also taking a different approach to limiting the effects of cellphone radiation: using a “smart home.”
The government is installing cameras in all of the homes and businesses that have wireless Internet access, including in businesses with video cameras, in an effort to make sure residents are keeping their smartphones in the right places, including their bathrooms.
The policy, called the “smart homes” initiative, is expected to take effect in the next few months, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
“The Smart Home initiative provides a unique opportunity to enhance the safety and security of our nation’s citizens, and it’s important to note that the policy is not a new approach,” FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said in a statement.
“It was introduced to improve the safety of the nation’s telecommunications network, but it’s now a national security priority.”
The FCC has been trying to expand its network to cover the entire country for years, but in recent years has been struggling to find the funding to build out that network.
A 2015 FCC report found that “the US is among the only countries in the world that does not have a national standard for a universal cell phone network.”
The Smart home initiative aims to make the transition easier by making it easier for people to keep their smartphones safely in their homes, but also by expanding the range of devices that can be connected to the network.
“The goal is to make it easier and more accessible for businesses to have wireless internet access, and also to have a safer and more secure environment for our kids,” FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said in an interview.
Rosenworcell says the goal of the program is to “help companies that want to expand their network to expand the number of devices they can connect to the wireless network and provide access to the public in a way that doesn’t impact the privacy of our children.”
“The plan is to use that same spectrum that the public has to help expand the amount of bandwidth that they can use, and to help us provide more choice,” Rosenwolcel said.
“That will help ensure that the wireless internet is a great choice for our children and their friends, and help make our nation a safer place to live.”
While the Smart home program is only for the US, the FCC is also moving forward with plans to install cameras in other countries.
The FCC’s goal is for the cameras to be installed in other parts of the world by the end of the year.