Developing 5G with Insufficient Safety Research

July 31, 2023 6 mins to read
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In most of the world corporations and greed runs the show. Too often technology is advanced without due diligence to ensure its safety. While the world at large rapidly develops the infrastructure for mainstream 5G adoption, much of the concerns by the scientific community, are being ignored. Unquestionably, 5G – the fifth generation of wireless communication technology – marks a quantum leap in our quest for technological advancement. However, beneath the allure of its ultra-high-speed data transfer, there lies unanswered questions and a range of potential negative health effects that are being ignored.

How 5G Works – The Basics

5G operates across a wide frequency spectrum, ranging from sub-1 GHz up to 100 GHz. The allure of higher frequencies (aka millimeter waves), lies in their ability to facilitate greater volumes of data transmission at unprecedented speeds. In laboratory conditions, 5G networks have demonstrated speeds approaching a staggering 10 Gbps (Qualcomm, 2018). But this pursuit of speed comes with a notable trade-off: the range of these millimeter waves is significantly curtailed, often to around 300-500 meters, and easily obstructed by physical barriers such as buildings or even foliage (FCC, 2019).

5G Every 3-5 City Blocks

An average city block is around 100meters (NYC Planning, 2020)., which means to achieve maximum speed, they’d have to place a 5G ‘small cell’ every 3-5 city blocks. The concern here is the unknown (and known) negative health effects – There are virtually no studies on the negative health impacts of this level of omnipresent radiation on human biology. Some preliminary research on similar frequencies, does show a connection to an increased risk of cancer and if you look at the skyrocketing increases in cancer, this is something we should be very cautious about.

The Fiber-Optic Perspective

Aside from controlled lab results, 5G generally achieves a maximum speed of 2Gbps, while Fiber Optic can achieve up to 100Gbps, which means that Fiber optic internet is 50x faster than 5G. I don’t know about you, but I’d take a hard wired fiber optic connection to my home, over a slightly faster 5G mobile connection, any day of the week.

Hot Spots and Fiber Optics

In cities WiFi hot spots are found practically everywhere, which already output 5G speeds. Speed is throttled mainly by limitations in the current hard wired connections to those hot spots (and the amount of concurrent users). Honestly I don’t like those hot spots and the radiation they output either, and I’d prefer hard wired connections (and smartphones standardized to accept hardwired connections.)…But at least use that existing infrastructure and enhance it with (much safer) fiber optic lines, rather then develop additional infrastructure in the form of 5g ‘small cells’, without adequate research on the long term affects of the level of radiation that will expose us to practically everywhere.

Throwing Caution to the Wind

Despite logistical hurdles and in leu of evidence on the negative health effects…the transition to 5G marches inexorably on, spurred by its promise of blistering speeds. However, the shadows cast by potential health concerns are growing ever darker. The absorption of higher frequency waves by our skin and surface tissues has led to speculation of possible biological implications (FDA, 2020).

It’s Only Cancer…Right?

Studies investigating the effects of similar high-frequency radiation have suggested potential links to certain types of cancer (IARC, 2011). Nevertheless, it is essential to underscore that these hypotheses remain in the realm of speculation; as of 2021, no conclusive evidence was found linking 5G with adverse health effects (WHO, 2021). Ultimately, no one knows what this level of radiation will do, and instead of moving ahead with caution and doing long-term studies, telecom companies are steamrolling forward, even as new research comes out with concerning possibilities on the long-term health effects.

Conclusion

Any new technology should be thoroughly tested to ensure long-term safety, and 5G infrastructure should not be rolled out en masse in leu of that research. Human life is more precious than slightly faster mobile internet and we should lean on the side of caution instead of rolling out new tech, just because there isn’t evidence to show negative health effects. I might be the exception here…but I can wait until I get home or to the café to stream the latest 1080p spiderman video on my tablet, or download that new video game I want to play.

When we consider that fiber optic is 50x faster than 5G, and allot safer, it would make more sense to develop that infrastructure first, until more research is done on 5G safety. But as we’ve seen over the last few years…the regulatory agencies put in place to protect us, are rife with corruption and can no longer be trusted to prioritize our health and safety. Frankly I don’t want 5G radiation anywhere near me, and if I can’t convince you all to help me fight it, I’ll move the the country and you all can enjoy your 5G radiation soup and all the illness that may come with it.

Sign my Petition

You can sign my petition to halt 5G development. Also make sure you follow my socials (links on the main menu) as I do allot of petitions, they just don’t get many signatures, because ultimately I don’t think most people care about any of this stuff, which is why the govt and these corporations, get away with doing pretty much whatever they want. Heck I should probably just join the Govt, since no one seems to care anyway.

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