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5G Fact Sheet – What You Need To Know About 5G Wireless and “Small” Cells

Communities are being stripped of their right to make decisions about the new 5G technology – “Streamlining” legislation means almost automatic approval by local municipalities.  Public hearings and public notice are being eliminated.  

5th Generation (5G) Wireless Communications Facts –

The Federal Communications Commission has allocated a high-­frequency spectrum for 5G communications utilizing millimeter waves (mmW), the next phase in wireless cellular technology. But critical questions about the safety of this technology remain.

Thousands of published studies over the past fifty years have established indisputable evidence of harmful health effects from exposure to wireless radiation also known as microwave radiation or radio-frequency (RF) radiation.

5G technology will require a dense network of millions of RF antennas, deployed in neighborhoods in towns and cities across the country, resulting in continuous, involuntary exposure for Americans in their homes, schools and businesses.

Concurrent with the rollout, telecom companies are aggressively promoting state legislation that eliminates the rights of local governments to control the installation of “small cell” 5G antennas in public “rights of way.” This unprecedented appropriation of local control would override FCC regulations and the Telecommunications Act, and would prevent local authorities from exercising their duty to consider property values, safety or aesthetic issues related to 5G technology.

Additional Facts about 5G

  • 5G mobile wireless networks can deliver large amounts of data over short distances, resulting in faster internet speeds. The primary purpose of 5G is to allow telecom companies to compete directly with cable companies, and increase the capacity of “smart devices” and machine-to-machine communications – the “Internet of Things” (IOT). 5G is not necessary for public safety.
  • 5G wireless networks will utilize millimeter waves (mmWaves). Current cellular and WiFi networks rely on microwaves that employ frequencies up to 6 gigahertz (GHz). 5G technology will use millimeter and sub-millimeter waves in higher frequency ranges (between 30 GHz and 300 GHz). This technology has not been widely deployed before.
  • 5G antennas will be placed on millions of utility poles, lamp posts and commercial buildings. 5G networks require many closely-spaced antennas in order for the short wavelength mmWaves to travel through buildings or other obstacles, including foliage on trees. This will require a very dense network of antennas.