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
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.
Let Local Communities Control 5G Technology
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]