In 2014, One In 10 U.S. Cell/Grid Towers Violated RF Radiation Rules; Telecom Companies, Elected Officials Determined To Add Millions More — This Is 5G
MARCH 6, 2018
By B.N. Frank
On October 2. 2014, The Wall Street Journal published, “Cellphone Boom Spurs Antenna-Safety Worries.”
If you aren’t a WSJ subscriber, you will only have access to the first 2 paragraphs of the article.
The antennas fueling the nation’s cellphone boom are challenging federal safety rules that were put in place when signals largely radiated from remote towers off-limits to the public.
Now, antennas are in more than 300,000 locations—rooftops, parks, stadiums—nearly double the number of 10 years ago, according to the industry trade group CTIA.
Other organizations weighed in on the findings in this article.
From RFSafe.com in 2014: “WSJ Reports One in 10 Cell Phone Towers Violate RF Radiation Safety Rules”
- According to 6 engineers who examined more than 5,000 sites, “one in 10 sites violated the rules”. In 2014, that was 30,000.
- Cell tower carriers were not being held accountable for the health risk caused by unsafe cell phone tower installation.
- The FCC said it lacked resources to monitor each antenna.
- Since 1996, The FCC had issued 2 citations for safety violations.
- One engineer demonstrated to a WSJ journalist how common it was to find cell phone towers in violation of federal safety standards.
- An FCC guideline written after the rules were adopted noted studies showing “relatively low levels” of RF radiation can cause:
- certain changes in the immune system
- neurological effects
- behavioral effects”
- other health issues, including cancer.
- In 2011, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) began studying this after the World Health Organization categorized RF radiation as a possible carcinogen.
- Many insurers will not insure against health risk from cell phone radiation.
- According to the Dallas Independent School District, it is probable that one of these unsafe cell phone towers is exposing children to hazardous levels of radiation
Because of this WSJ article, we know approx. 30,000 cell tower grids/sites (one in 10) were already illegal in 2014.
More have been added since then and it’s still likely that approximately 1 in 10 of these cell tower grids/sites also violate federal safety standards.
“The Race for 5G” will add hundreds of thousands or more additional small cell towersin front of homes, in public rights of ways, in historical districts, pretty much everywhere.
According to a February 9, 2018 segment on the Dr. Oz show, telecom companies want to install all these 5G towers primarily to enable Americans to binge-watch, surf, and post online at high speeds without the threat of being disconnected or having screens freeze-up.
Many Americans as well as municipal governments have been fighting this. Some have filed lawsuits.
According to a recent article from The Center for Public Integrity, they seem willing to do and say whatever it takes to get this done.
5G promises to generate huge profits for the wireless companies, with as much as $250 billion in service revenue expected annually by 2025. And 5G will unleash an economic boom, say supporters of pre-empting local rules. They frequently cite a report by the consulting firm Accenture, which concluded that wireless firms will invest $275 billion over the next seven years deploying small cells, creating 3 million jobs and eventually boosting the national economy by $500 billion annually.
The study appears everywhere — mentioned by FCC commissioners in speeches, cited in an official FCC docket, in wireless carriers’ comments, and in statements by the powerful Washington associations that represent them. What most don’t mention is that the study was paid for by the wireless association CTIA, one of Washington’s top lobbying spenders.
The wireless industry argues that localities’ high fees, design requirements and delays in processing permits have effectively prohibited the deployment of broadband, which they argue is a violation of federal law; they’ve asked the FCC to make that clear in reining in cities and counties.
President Trump, you promised if elected, you would give the country back to the people.
Mr. President, we don’t want cell towers in our yards and all over our communities. Have mercy.