By B.N. Frank
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect the public by regulating the Telecom Industry. Instead they have a long history of protecting the telecom industry at the public’s expense (see 1, 2). This has become way scarier due to the “Race for 5G” which involves installing hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of small cells in front of homes and everywhere else.
The Telecom Industry gave congressional testimony in February that they have no scientific evidence that exposure to 5G is safe. That hasn’t deterred the FCC or various elected officials who are still promoting widespread installation. The FCC is also allowing companies to send satellites into space to blast 5G from there AND trying to loosen regulations so homeowners can be paid to put antennas on their roofs.
Opposition and warnings have been publicized by a growing list of credible sources (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) including Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and 19 American tribal groups. Unfortunately, 5G is already operating in many American cities, people are sick, so are their pets, and telecoms are planning to “unleash it” in more cities before the end of the year.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) deregulation order was arbitrary and capricious because it eliminated historic preservation review under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), including tribal consultation and environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for construction of small wireless facilities or small cell radio towers transmitting a cellular signal in an effort to expedite the rollout of the next generation of wireless service known as 5G. The Court of Appeals concluded that the FCC failed to justify its determination that the public interest did not require review of the deployment of hundreds of thousands of small cells. The Court said, “In particular, the Commission failed to justify its confidence that small cell deployments pose little to no cognizable religious, cultural, or environmental risk, particularly given the vast number of proposed deployments and the reality that the Order will principally affect small cells that require new construction.”
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In June, NRDC posted an article, “5G and the FCC: 10 Reasons Why You Should Care.“
- While the FCC has limited the review by others, the Commission at the same time has refused to update its own health and environmental guidelines. The Commission’s guidelines date from the 1990’s. In 2012, the General Accountability Office found that the existing guidelines may not reflect current knowledge and recommended that the FCC formally reassess its guidelines. The FCC’s guidelines address only one aspect of potential harm from electromagnetic radiation—heat. The current guidelines do not address other ways in which exposure to increasing electromagnetic radiation from wireless communications can harm human health, as well as the natural systems around us on which all life depends.
Activist Post reports regularly about the insidious “Race for 5G.” For more information visit our archives and the following websites:
- Wireless Information Network
- Americans for Responsible Technology
- 5G Information
- Environmental Health Trust
- Last Tree Laws
- My Street, My Choice
- Parents for Safe Technology
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- The People’s Initiative
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