Let Local Communities Control 5G Technology!

Telecom companies are preparing to unleash the next wave of wireless technology in neighborhoods across the nation, deployed block by block. The telecoms industry, with an assist by the federal government, is barring the ability of local governments to manage how the new technologies get installed.

Setting up 5G networks requires "small cells" to be placed on streetlights and utility poles throughout neighborhoods and cities. These cells are supposed to be placed every 500 feet along residential streets and through commercial districts. 

Homeowners worry that the small cells are unattractive and will affect property values. Even more disturbing are the health concerns. Small cells emit microwave radiation and essentially function as cell towers. Placing these units every 500 feet means that communities will be bathed in radiation. Microwave radiation can negatively affect human health in a variety of scary ways. A recent study from the National Toxicology Program showed rats exposed to cell phone radiation at the federally allowable level had an increased risk for brain and heart tumors. Animal studies have demonstrated the health dangers of the radio frequencies used by 5G.

It's no surprise, then, that many communities are fighting to control how 5G gets deployed, but the telecom giants and the federal government continue to threaten local autonomy. 

Telecom companies are working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to steamroll local governments into kowtowing to whatever industry says it needs. The FCC recently approved rules that limit the fees local governments can charge telecom companies for use of public utilities and property. Other rules already on the books have "streamlined" small cell deployment by reducing the time cities and counties have to review applications. The agency is studying how they could limit cities' requirements on the look and design of small cells.

This is unacceptable. Special interests are using the power of the federal government to ignore local laws and endanger our health. 

Write to Congress and the FCC, telling them to stop undermining local democracy and to study the health effects of 5G technology.


  • Your Senators
  • Your Representative
  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai


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Let Local Communities Control 5G Technology

Dear [Decision Maker],

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[City, State ZIP]
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