The US government is considering banishing cellphones, laptops, and other electronic devices from certain parts of the country, but it’s not clear if the ban will take effect.
The agency is holding a public hearing in Washington on Thursday on whether to make the ban permanent.
The proposal, which would affect a number of industries, has been widely criticized by privacy advocates and others.
The public hearing is part of a larger push by the government to tighten its grip on the devices that people use around the clock and to protect them from cybersecurity threats.
The hearing is expected to include representatives from the Office of Management and Budget, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Federal Trade Commission, and the National Science Foundation.
The FDA has said it will issue a proposal for a temporary ban in the near future.
The decision to make a permanent ban has been in the works for months, according to the New York Times, but has been delayed by a lack of progress.
The FCC has said that it will review the proposed ban on a case-by-case basis, and it has not yet made a final decision.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said its goal is to ban cellphones from homes by the end of 2020, but the agency has not announced any timetable for its announcement.
A spokesperson for the FDA told The Verge that the agency “has not yet decided whether to approve or deny the proposed rule.”
The FDA said that the ban could affect about 1.2 million cellphones worldwide.
The rule, which is currently pending in the Federal Register, would ban the use of cellphones in the following areas: In public places.
In public schools.
On public property.
On school buses.
In places of public entertainment, including movie theaters, theaters, and stadiums.
In private homes.
Outside of public schools, in restaurants, and in places of entertainment.
Inside private homes and businesses.
Outside public schools and places of amusement.
The new ban would apply to phones and other wireless devices that are “not readily available or readily available in the market or are otherwise available for sale outside of the United States,” according to a draft of the proposal.
The ban would also apply to devices that use a wireless connection to “provide communications services, such as streaming video or voice communications,” but not to other technologies, including the wireless networks that provide WiFi access.
The proposed ban would include phones, tablets, and computers, and devices with a “modest” capacity of 50 megabytes or less, the FDA said.
Other devices that meet the criteria for a ban include laptops, which the agency said are “nonessential” to the health of Americans, and phones that use cellular technology, which are “generally considered to be less dangerous than other wireless technologies.”
“As an industry, we are deeply committed to protecting our consumers, and we continue to fight for stronger consumer protections,” a spokesperson for AT&T told The New York Post.
“We have made progress to address the risks of cell phone use and we are confident that the proposed FDA ban will do the same for those devices.”
AT&t did not immediately respond to The Verge’s request for comment.