Today I received the “good news” from 5G.co.uk that EE will launch 5G in 16 cities in 2019 – and ‘London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester will be the first cities to get it’. Well, actually only parts of them since 5G is very localised. Glasgow Newcastle Liverpool Leeds Hull Sheffield Nottingham Leicester Coventry and Bristol will follow on.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an ‘independent Federal regulatory agency responsible directly to Congress. Established by the Communications Act of 1934, it is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable’.
According to Wikipedia:
The FCC’s mission, specified in Section One of the Communications Act of 1934 and amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (amendment to 47 U.S.C. §151) is to “make available so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, rapid, efficient, Nationwide, and world-wide wire and radio communication services with adequate facilities at reasonable charges.”
The Act furthermore provides that the FCC was created
“for the purpose of the national defense” and “for the purpose of promoting safety of life and property through the use of wire and radio communications.
“Consistent with the objectives of the Act as well as the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), the FCC has identified four goals in its 2018-22 Strategic Plan. They are: Closing the Digital Divide, Promoting Innovation, Protecting Consumers & Public Safety, and Reforming the FCC’s Processes.” (My emphasis).
The current chair of the FCC Ajit Pai says that the FCC are not health experts but have consulted on health and safety of wireless regulation with the Food and Drug Administration and “others” and he is confident that standards are healthy for consumers.
The previous chair of the FCC Tom Wheeler made no secret of his intention to push out 5G to “generate tens of billions of dollars of economic activity and that’s damn importantbecause it means that US companies will be the first out of the gate” “that is why 5G is a national priority” “and stay out of the way of technological development” “turning innovators loose is far better than expecting committees and regulators to divine the future” “we won’t wait for the standards” etc – you get the gist.
It thus appears that the FCC disregards its responsibility for “protecting consumers and public safety” in relation to 5G.
Should we worry?
The 5G roll-out in Michigan was authorised despite testimony from Dr Goldberg at the Small Cell Tower legislation hearing where she commented “this is exactly what happened with tobacco”. Dr Heroux testified at the same hearing.
So is 5G any more dangerous than 1G-2G-3G-4G? Many think so.
These are just the links that I have found without looking very hard.
So who is responsible for regulation of 5G in the UK?
Ofcom doesn’t seem to have any responsibility for the safety of the wireless technology in use.
The HSE has general responsibility for safety in the workplace.
Health and Safety at Work has a page which probably summarises the current thinking in the UK. It states that the main risk from “higher frequencies” is associated with heating of exposed body parts – but there are plenty of other documented effects on cell biology which current safety standards ignore, since these are historical and based on the heating effect.
Maybe a UKIP Daily reader has more info on who might be responsible for the public safety issues associated with wireless telecomms in the UK?
In summary –
- 5G is nearly upon us
- the FCC seems more concerned with tens of billions of dollars than public safety
- EU and UK safety standards are probably well behind the times
- there are plenty of health professionals sounding warnings (real or imaginary) but they are being brushed aside
UKIP is the people’s party – if we want safe telecomms we can’t leave it to the LibLabCons, we will have to take up the fight ourselves.