The telecommunications industry is actively promoting and marketing 5G (or 5th Generation) Technology and the Internet of Things with glossy ads and reassuring television commercials. They promise that 5G will bring enhanced communications, jobs, and an economic boost to our cities and our nation. However, researchers, physicists, biologists and physicians argue, that there are health, safety, environmental, privacy, security and energy use issues that have not been addressed before the widespread rollout.
With the forced rollout of 5G and small cells by the FCC more communities are becoming aware of the lack of scientific data on the safety of 5G. And to their credit, some politicians representing these communities are refusing to “go with the flow” concerning 5G.
Senate Hearing Determines 5G Rolling Out With No Safety Studies
At a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Hearing Feb 6, 2019, “Winning the Race to 5G and the Next Era of Technology Innovation in the United States, Connecticut Senator Blumenthal inquired about health and safety of 5G, repeatedly grilling telecommunications officials about the lack of industry-backed safety studies.
He stated, “I believe that Americans deserve to know what the health effects are. Not to prejudge what scientific studies may show. They deserve also a commitment to do the research on outstanding questions….How much money has the industry committed to support independent (and he pointed out that he stressed “independent”) research?…has any been completed… on the biological effects of this new technology?”
Telecommunication Industry representatives, Mr Gillen and Mr Berry, replied, “There are no industry backed studies to my knowledge.” To which Senator Blumenthal replied, “ So, there really is no industry research, and we are flying blind here as far as health and safety are concerned”.
There was no mention of public safety or environmental concerns aside from those that were brought up by Senator Blumenthal. You can view the lengthy full video of the Senate Commerce Committee meeting is here, and the 4 minute YouTube excerpt of this exchange here.
Nationwide Support Growing in Congress for Bill HR 530 to Block FCC Cell Tower Preemption
There are now dozens of State Congressmen and Women co-sponsoring California Representative Anna Eshoo’s recently introduced HR 530 to reverse the FCC order to essentially force communities to permit “small cells” throughout their cities and neighborhoods.
Representative Anna Eshoo stated the FCC had ‘failed to listen to reasonable input from communities across the country, cowered to industry interests, and failed to put the public interests first.’
In a January 15, 2019 press statement Eshoo added, “Having served in local government for a decade on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, I understand and respect the important role that state and local governments play in protecting the welfare of their residents,”
The Bill aims to invalidate the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) September 26, 2018 ruling to accelerate the deployment of 5G small cells throughout the U.S. It simply states,“PRESERVATION OF RIGHTS OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Actions by the Federal Communications Commission in ‘‘Accelerating Wireless and Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment’’ (83 Fed.Reg. 5186783) and the Federal Communications Commission’s Declaratory Ruling in ‘‘Third Report and Order and Declaratory Ruling’’ (FCC 18-111) shall have no force or effect.”
Congresswoman Jackie Speier was the first to co-sponsored the bill and now there are now 52 Co-Sponsors and the list keeps going, beginning with Jackie Speier (CA), then- Bonamici (OR), McGovern (MA), Swalwell (CA), Suozzi (NY), Grijalva (AZ), Blumenauer (OR), DeSaulnier (CA), Huffman (CA), Thompson (CA), Pingree (ME), McNerney (CA), McCollum (MN, Cohen (TN), Ryan (OH), Doggett (TX), Bass (CA), Khanna (CA), Cisneros (CA), Engel (NY), Panette (CA), Omar (MN), Lofgren (CA), Levin (MI), Carbajal (CA), Lee (CA), Schakowsky (IL), DeFazio (OR), Neguse (CO), Rice (NY), Brindisi (NY), Cox (CA), Aguilar (CA), Crow (CO), Hill (CA), Lieu (CA), Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Craig (MN), Royal-Allard (CA), Gonzales (TX), Casten (IL), Velasquez (NY), Deutch (FL), Garcia (IL), Espaillat (NY),Norton (DC), Pappas (NH), Moore (WI), Brownly (CA), Chu (CA), Trone, MD), Rouda (CA)
In addition congressional members, the bill is supported by the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, the League of California Cities, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors and hundreds of municipalities and public utilities.
Read More: Federal Bill HR530 to Block FCC Tower Preemption.
Senator Feinstein’s Companion Bill to HR530
On June 27, 2019 Senator Dianne Feinstein of California nd local government control over telecom infrastructure. The bill is cosponsored by Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Ben Cardin (Md.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.).
The bill is supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, American Public Power Association, Communications Workers of America, National Association of Counties, League of California Cities and American Public Works Association.
You can read Senator Feinstein’s press release. Restoring Local Control Over Public Infrastructure Act of 2019’’