5G Basics

•  5G stands for "Fifth Generation" – the next step in the development of wireless technology.


•  5G signals use millimeter and sub-millimeter waves that are easily interrupted and don’t travel as far as the microwaves used for 3G or 4G, so 5G “small cell” antennas will have to be installed in close proximity to homes and apartments.


•  5G antennas will emit a constant stream of radio-frequency (RF) microwave radiation (“wireless radiation”) 24/7, 365 days a year.


•  The U.S. government’s human exposure guidelines for wireless radiation haven’t been updated since 1996.  At that time, they were designed to protect humans only from short-term heating (thermal) effects. 

•  There are no studies showing that long-term exposure to 5G wireless signals is safe for people, although there are some studies showing significant harmful effects on wildlife and the environment. 

• The 1996 Telecommunications Act prohibits local authorities from regulating or prohibiting 5G installations on the basis of health concerns.

• The primary purpose of 5G is not for better phone service.  It's to allow telecom companies to compete directly with cable companies to stream video into your home, and increase the capacity of “smart devices” and machine-to-machine communications - the “Internet of Things” (IOT). There is no truth to the claim that 5G is necessary for public safety.

• Current cellular and WiFi networks rely on microwaves that employ frequencies up to 6 gigahertz (GHz). 5G technology utilizes millimeter and sub-millimeter waves in higher frequency ranges (between 30 GHz and 300 GHz). This technology has not been widely deployed until now, and has not been tested for safety.

• “Small Cell” does not mean small, unobtrusive equipment. It means that every cell provider will hang its own antennae enclosure (up to 6 cubic feet each) on the pole, with other associated equipment (up to 28 cubic feet - the size of a large refrigerator) located nearby.

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