More Local Control Over 5G

October 7, 2019

New legislation will help communities control how 5G gets implemented. Action Alert!

New bills in the House and Senate will roll back FCC regulations that prevent local communities from having input over how 5G networks get installed in their towns. We must encourage our elected officials to support this legislation, and more importantly, urge them to halt the expansion of 5G networks until more safety studies are done.

The federal bills roll back FCC rules that put a strict time limit (90 days) on cities to review small-cell site applications and limit the amount of money cities can charge cable companies for using public infrastructure.

As you’ll recall, 5G networks require installing “small cells” all over neighborhoods and cities. These small cells include antennas, power supplies, electric meters, switches, bundles of cables, and boxes—all strapped to streetlights and utility poles. Some have refrigerator-sized containers on the ground. These cells are supposed to be placed every 500 feet along residential streets and through commercial districts.

The major problem with 5G networks is the radiation emitted by all these small cells. There are already concerns about ubiquitous cell phone usage with current 4G networks; 5G networks exponentially compound these problems. 5G will utilize millimeter-wave frequencies—smaller waves than those emitted in 4G networks, which present new health concerns:

  • Israeli researchers found that our sweat ducts act as antennas for millimeter waves, meaning we would absorb more of this energy into our bodies.
  • Millimeter wavelengths are also used in crowd control systems, making people caught in the high-powered millimeter wave feel like their skin is on fire.
  • A group of hundreds of scientists from around the world recently sent a letter to the United Nations and the World Health Organization warning of “serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by electric and wireless devices.” The scientists explain that EMF “affects living organisms at levels well below most international guidelines,” causing increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in free radicals, genetic damage, changes to the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, and neurological disorders.

These are just some of the safety concerns we know about with regard to 5G networks. The fact is that safety testing to determine the safety of 5G networks for human health has simply not been done, yet the government and the telecoms industry are rushing towards implementing this technology—at the expense of local democracy.

There are other, more hidden dangers of rolling out 5G before proper testing and preparation have been done. The chairwoman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.), recently wrote to the FCC warning of potential interference of urban 5G networks with weather satellites, which could negatively impact our ability to predict and track hurricanes and other inclement weather.

These federal bills do not allow communities to halt the implementation of 5G. Communities can’t say no entirely since crony-driven federal legislation took away the right of localities to question any of these service on the basis health or environmental effects. The bills do, at least, allow communities to exercise more control over how it is implemented. We must also fight so that more safety testing is done before 5G is launched in more communities.

Action Alert! Tell your elected officials to support these bills, and also demand that more safety testing be done before 5G can be implemented. Please send your message immediately.

61 responses to “More Local Control Over 5G”

  1. Cori Sutherland says:

    I sincerely hope you will expect the telecom industry to conduct adequate safety testing, which has not been done to date. Also, we need to empower local communities to control how, when and if this technology is employed in their area.

  2. 5G can be really harmful so how about doing something unique – make sure it’s safe before rolling it out!

    Jerry Teplitz

  3. William Horn says:

    5G contains dangers that need to be addressed.

  4. Don Pew says:

    Why isn’t Donald Trump in prison?

    • Ilona Parker says:

      what for???? or did you confound him with somebody else, like Joe Biden, Hillary, Barry, etc.???? Might be good to listen to both sides of the media, never good to be focused on one side. But then, most people don’t think, just react.

    • David Shumway says:

      Because not everyone is as gulible as you and your kind. Get your head out of the cesspool of the compromised media and open it to some reality.

    • R. Butler says:

      Please focus on the subject at hand — The proposed 5G network and it’s hazards.
      Thank you.

  5. Antonio Canova says:

    5G is a health hazard. We absolutely need local control over where these towers go. There is more than enough data to support the negative health implications of cellular data transmission. We don’t need more of it and we certainly don’t need telecom/cellular companies determining where towers go without regard to human health.

  6. Jacquelyn M. Brown says:

    I am concerned that my legislators do not believe I should have a right to protect my health from corporations that are only concerned with short term profits. I want my legislators to protect my and the right of my community to protect my/our health and welfare.

  7. I’m against anything the military uses as a weapon-5G It’s a kill grid. Do not impliment it in the US.

  8. Linda nitti says:

    More research is needed to determine its safety or lack of. Individual cities should have control if and how it’s implemented.

  9. Charles Fletcher says:

    Don’t implement 5g until the negative effects of it are better researched and understood

  10. sara says:

    people deserve a choice with 5G –
    we are the canaries here

  11. luke says:

    Do thorough testing. Give us the right to say no. We have enough cancer!

  12. JULIEPAVLINA says:

    STOP 5G – KEEP LOCAL CONTROL AND POWER TO DECIDE AND GOVERN TECHNOLOGY

  13. Thomas Libbey says:

    Re: 5G:
    A group of hundreds of scientists from around the world recently sent a letter to the United Nations and the World Health Organization warning of “serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by electric and wireless devices.” The scientists explain that EMF “affects living organisms at levels well below most international guidelines,” causing increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in free radicals, genetic damage, changes to the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, and neurological disorders.

    Please heed their warning.
    Thank you, Regards, Thomas Libbey

  14. David Zeutzius says:

    please rollback the FCC rule that doesn’t allow local communities to have input on 5G towers.

  15. Christy Catalano says:

    This 5G technology is NOT needed nor necessary for humans to live and function!! More research on human effects is NEEDED!! More time should be given for un-biased scientific research and for individuals and communities to be educated about the whole plan of 5G. Fire firefighters oppose this technology and all cell tower pieces and systems to be near or at their firehouses and for good reason, they are already subject to all of the negative side effects of all of our technologies and chemicals in protecting us all. Again MORE UN-BIASED scientific research is needed that is NOT funded by anyone or any company potentially benefiting monetarily from such technological installations! Let’s not put convenience ahead of the value of life!

  16. Devon Benton says:

    We need local accountability & implication of 5G

  17. Pat M says:

    5G is not a good idea. What research that has been done indicts serious health concerns. Why then would we want to continue with 5G rollout? Our health and well being matter.

  18. Greg Cantin says:

    Pleaser support rule changes to give communities the power to control Telecom rollouts of any products without independent safety studies. Also the 1996 Federal Safety studies need to be updated.

  19. Bonnie Allard says:

    We desperately need safety testing on 5G. This “weapon” (because that is truly what it is) should
    have a moratorium until safety can be established.

  20. Derek Gartman says:

    Is it too much to ask for our Representatives to allow

    local oversight on ‘something’ (5G) that is unproven

    In regards to our health??

  21. Roger E. says:

    New legislation will help communities control how 5G gets implemented. Please support these bills and much more safety testing of 5G before it can be implemented. The American people should not have to serve as guinea pigs for a few large companies who only care about their bottom line! The people, the animals and the preservation of our environment come first! Do the right thing and stop the out of control madness by companies who wish to be “first on the block” by supporting the safe and proper implementation of 5G. Thank you.

  22. Carolyn Summers says:

    We need more safety testing before implementing 4G and more local community control over how implementation occurs. Thank you.

  23. Phillip Hlavac says:

    Please make sure that 5G is safe so we all can really look forward to the speed to make our day easier.

  24. Alice Hilker says:

    Hopefully the populace is strong enough to persuade both governments & companies owning 5G power to realize that with today’s communication their probable clients will find out the unwanted health consequences and object vociferously, not violently. Their equipment may be endangered; it will be reachable.
    Let’s use our technology to help, not cripple ourselves.

  25. mike says:

    What good is more tech without our health?

  26. John Read says:

    A good idea, but I doubt it will happen.

  27. ROBERT HIPP says:

    Please do more research on this 5g what works in the labs NEVER works in the real world. If it’s true what scientist’s are saying about what could happen to all living creatures big and small. Block the roll out until more research is done under real world conditions not lab. Look at who is banning this new technology which what they are saying will be quicker we will not see the faster speeds to the human eye. Do your research before allowing this to take full effect thanks.

  28. Robert says:

    Is there a Facebook copy of this article which I can share?

  29. I absolutely am against 5G as it is not just humans affected, bees, birds, animals and insects are also seriously affected. What good is 5G if the Earth is devoid of life?

  30. The symptom profile from wireless radiation exposure explains so much about student behavior in class; listless, passive, uninvolved in learning. . . depression too. . . Take a look Chris Busby, etc..

  31. Orlando says:

    More research and testing needs to be done!

  32. Persephone Maywald says:

    The health care system is already overloaded with people suffering from environmentally related conditions. Don’t add to that burden.

  33. norma a villalobos says:

    protect us from this imminent threat on our health and privacy.

  34. Susan says:

    Researchon how 5G affects our bodies needs to be done before 5G is implemented. We don’t need to be human guinea pigs!

  35. Not only are the potential health effects horrific, the 4G that has been implemented so far in my area is interfering with major network over-the-air broadcasts. There are 2 stations that are affected the most. 1)WB20 & its 2 secondary stations, and 2) the local CBS affiliate (WVLT), which often pixilates so badly it is unwatchable, if it has a signal at all. It is affecting viewers all over East TN, not just in the Knoxville area.
    5G is so untested over time yet proven to cause harm in the short term that it is completely reprehensible to allow it to proliferate.

  36. rosalind Modica says:

    DO NOT take away our choice of NOT being radiated to this intense degree without CONSENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hundreds of scientists from around the world recently sent a letter to the United Nations and the World Health Organization warning of “serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by electric and wireless devices.” The scientists explain that EMF “affects living organisms at levels well below most international guidelines,” causing increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in free radicals, genetic damage, changes to the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, and neurological disorders.

  37. Cindy Sanders says:

    Let’s do our research before we jump on the bus with 5G! Let’s heed the warnings from scientists!!!

  38. Raija Johansson says:

    No implementation of any 5G in our area! And in no area.

  39. siochai says:

    I am one of many people world wide, requesting a Moratorium on 5G. halt the expansion of 5G networks until more safety studies are done.
    This includes safety of 5G to wildlife, plants and animals. The Precautionary principal is just logical thinking about consequences Before implementing a new idea or technology. the telecoms are effectively creating eminent domain, taking property. people with 5G in front of their homes will have to move, and that is a lot of people. This process is unconstitutional, we were not consulted and did not give consent.

  40. Tracey Archer says:

    5G Has been studied. Check it out. I am of the same accord as several countries. Ban it!

  41. Bonnie Loewenstein says:

    These bills are weak, but I regard them as a first step worth supporting.

  42. Randyl Rupar says:

    Allow the voice of the people to choose…

  43. Rebecca Voss says:

    Please support these bills so that more safety testing can be done before 5G can be implemented.

  44. Ron Rattner says:

    Scientifically untested experiments against vulnerable humans without their informed consent is an international Nuremberg crime against humanity.

    Thousands of independent worldwide scientific studies overwhelmingly show that all wireless cell towers beginning with 2G, 3G, and 4G are invariable epicenters for cancer clusters and other serious and chronic health problems.

    We should stop allowing any more wireless antennas, pending convincing scientific justification for them.  Moreover, new cell towers are unnecessary since fiber optics now afford much safer, faster and economically preferable alternatives. 

    1996 FCC preemption laws and thermal guidelines are so completely outdated and deceptively irrelevant to actual health threats that they are exceptionally immoral and should not be legally enforced – just as courts refuse to enforce racketeering contracts between Mafia bosses.

    Pending legislation which still recognizes those immoral laws violates fundamental morality.

    As wisely stated by Mahatma Gandhi:

    “Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt.  
    And a citizen who barters with such a state shares in its corruption and lawlessness.”

  45. Helen Biever says:

    I think it is urgent that we allow more time to study the detrimental health effects of 5G before it is implemented across our country. Please support any legislation that demand more health studies on 5G

  46. Roger williams says:

    Study 5g more

  47. Shannon Fritz says:

    more safety testing must be done before 5G can be implemented.

  48. Nicole Krause says:

    Please stopp polluting our environment with more EMF!!! The health of our generation and those to come need to be protected!

  49. NANCY RUSSELL says:

    I AM DEMANDING MORE SAFETY TESTING SO IT’S NOT STUFFED DOWN OUR THROATS LIKE SMART METERS ARE. SUPPORT THESE BILLS

  50. Sangho Lee says:

    Scientific facts, not rhetoric, should guide our public policies at all levels.

  51. Michael Norden says:

    New bills in the House and Senate will roll back FCC regulations that prevent local communities from having input over how 5G networks get installed in their towns. We must encourage our elected officials to support this legislation, and more importantly, urge them to halt the expansion of 5G networks until more safety studies are done.

    The federal bills roll back FCC rules that put a strict time limit (90 days) on cities to review small-cell site applications and limit the amount of money cities can charge cable companies for using public infrastructure.

    As you’ll recall, 5G networks require installing “small cells” all over neighborhoods and cities. These small cells include antennas, power supplies, electric meters, switches, bundles of cables, and boxes—all strapped to streetlights and utility poles. Some have refrigerator-sized containers on the ground. These cells are supposed to be placed every 500 feet along residential streets and through commercial districts.

    The major problem with 5G networks is the radiation emitted by all these small cells. There are already concerns about ubiquitous cell phone usage with current 4G networks; 5G networks exponentially compound these problems. 5G will utilize millimeter-wave frequencies—smaller waves than those emitted in 4G networks, which present new health concerns:

    Israeli researchers found that our sweat ducts act as antennas for millimeter waves, meaning we would absorb more of this energy into our bodies.
    Millimeter wavelengths are also used in crowd control systems, making people caught in the high-powered millimeter wave feel like their skin is on fire.
    A group of hundreds of scientists from around the world recently sent a letter to the United Nations and the World Health Organization warning of “serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by electric and wireless devices.” The scientists explain that EMF “affects living organisms at levels well below most international guidelines,” causing increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in free radicals, genetic damage, changes to the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, and neurological disorders.
    These are just some of the safety concerns we know about with regard to 5G networks. The fact is that safety testing to determine the safety of 5G networks for human health has simply not been done, yet the government and the telecoms industry are rushing towards implementing this technology—at the expense of local democracy.

    There are other, more hidden dangers of rolling out 5G before proper testing and preparation have been done. The chairwoman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.), recently wrote to the FCC warning of potential interference of urban 5G networks with weather satellites, which could negatively impact our ability to predict and track hurricanes and other inclement weather.

    These federal bills do not allow communities to halt the implementation of 5G. Communities can’t say no entirely since crony-driven federal legislation took away the right of localities to question any of these service on the basis health or environmental effects. The bills do, at least, allow communities to exercise more control over how it is implemented. We must also fight so that more safety testing is done before 5G is launched in more communities.

  52. Marcy Gordon says:

    5G causes cancer and kills bees, which are vital to ecosystems. This insanity must be stopped!

  53. Julie DuBose says:

    Please vote in favor of bills allow communities to exercise more control of how 5G is implemented. I believe 5G could be catastrophic in its effects on citizens’ health and animal and wildlife well being. Adequate research has not been done to ensure this is not dangerous for life.The best situation would be to put the brakes on installation of 5G until it is certified to be completely safe.

  54. Dawn McBrien says:

    It is time for Congress to stop allowing political appointees to do what suits their industry and start having the Federal Departments and Agencies to keep the welfare of all U.S. citizens as a top priority. Look at the quality of our food, our health, our natural resources because this has stopped being done. Think about how your family, children and grandchildren and your neighbors will be affected even more with the deployment of 5G.
    Represent the needs of the nation rather than a future job, or campaign donations from companies and lobbyists that will benefit at humanities expense.

  55. Rob R. says:

    Doesn’t it make you wonder why these tech companies are so hot to implement these technologies when there are already studies that show this stuff to be harmful? Money and power is the answer. Money to further enrich the 1% and power to control the masses.

  56. Elizabeth Markovich says:

    I don’t think the benefits of 5 G are established and the health effects not fully known. I believe local control is one way to allow people more input to control this trend.

  57. Jill M. says:

    The 5G technology is being forced on us without any public input, with a clamp on any public response in regards to our health and environment as stated in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This is unconstitutional and must be changed. It takes public safety out of the hands of local government, and allows the telecom industry to bathe us in increasing and uncounted amounts of radio microwave exposure every day – for corporate profit. We know microwave radiation isn’t safe. Are we supposed to sit still while being bombarded by the pulsed millimeter waves of 5G 24/7 from out nearest utility pole or roof. Let’s stop this thing before our population and our children are decimated by brain cancer, heart arrhythmias, DNA damage, damaged sperm, cataracts, neurological effects and the illnesses from sensitivity to electro-magnetic fields that many suffer

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