VodafoneZiggo testing its 5G network in Utrecht despite potential detrimental effects to health
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Multiple appeals by over 300 renowned scientists on the detrimental effects of the fifth generation network (5G) seems to be ignored by the European Commission. There is substantial evidence to believe that the EC are not doing enough to prevent the roll-out of 5G by multinational corporations. In the mean time, VodafoneZiggo are in the process of testing their 5G hardware in the center of Utrecht (see map below). Commercial availability is expected soon which means this microwave machine will be in operation 24/7. Now that’s some disturbing news.
What is wrong with 5G technology?
Employing millimetre waves and higher frequencies than previous technologies, 5G needs a much more extensive network of antennas and other transmitting devices. Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are invisible areas of energy,7 measured in hertz (Hz). Longer wavelengths with lower frequency are less powerful in terms of energy, while shorter wavelengths at higher frequencies are more powerful. Depending on the frequency, there are two categories of EMF: ionising and non-ionising radiation (see image below).
High-band 5G uses frequencies of 25 – 39 GHz, near the bottom of the millimeter wave band, to achieve download speeds of 1 – 3 gigabits per second (Gbps), comparable to cable internet.
What steps have scientists taken to prevent the launch?
Scientists are urgently calling on the EU to halt the roll out of 5G due to serious potential health effects from this new technology. They have contacted the European Commission multiple times in 2017 through their 5G Appeal initiative.
They argue that 5G will substantially increase exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) on top of the 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, etc. for telecommunications already in place. RF-EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment.
Through their appeal launched as far back as September 2017, they strongly urge the EU to:
- Take all reasonable measures to halt the 5G RF-EMF expansion until independent scientists can assure that 5G and the total radiation levels caused by RF-EMF (5G together with 2G, 3G, 4G, and WiFi) will not be harmful for EU-citizens, especially infants, children and pregnant women, as well as the environment.
- Recommend that all EU countries, especially their radiation safety agencies, follow Resolution 1815 and inform citizens, including, teachers and physicians, about health risks from RF-EMF radiation, how and why to avoid wireless communication, particularly in/near e.g., daycare centers, schools, homes, workplaces, hospitals and elderly care.
- Immediately appoint, without industry influence, an EU task force of independent, truly impartial EMF-and-health scientists with no conflicts of interest to re-evaluate the health risks.
- Prevent the wireless/telecom industry through its lobbying organizations from persuading EU-officials to make decisions about further propagation of RF radiation including 5G in Europe.
- To favor and implement wired digital telecommunication instead of wireless.
How have the European Commission responded?In their first rebuttal to the appeal, the European Commission argued that there is consistent evidence presented by national and international bodies International Commission on Non Ionising Radiation Protection that exposure to electromagnetic fields does not represent a health risk, if it remains below the limits set by Council Recommendation 1999/519/EC1.
The Commission also agreed that there is need for constant update of scientific knowledge, which must also be taken into account in the development of the 5G technology. Such knowledge will contribute to the aim of balancing exposure of the general public to EMF with benefits brought by 5G (including eHealth) to the quality of life.
How the 5G Appeal has reacted to the letters?
A rebuttal by the 5G Appeal in response to the letters by the EC state that they are very concerned about the expansion and roll out of 5G worldwide while the effects of the 5G microwaves on human health have not been fully understood. They firmly believe that the further expansion of the technology should be halted immediately due to lack of comprehensive investigations of the potential risks to human health and the environment.
Conclusively, the 5G Appeal tells that their experience handling with EU officials and the Governments of the Nordic countries suggests that the majority of decision makers are scientifically uninformed on health risks from RF radiation. They further mention that the EU officials seem to be uninterested to being informed by scientists representing the majority of the scientific community about the increasing evidence or even proof of harmful health effects of 5G technology.
5G in the news
A number of actions have been taken by EU countries since the appeal. For example, this year alone, we learned that the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) are almost certainly in conclusion that there are insufficient studies on the health effects and risks of 5G technology to date. See the report here (French).
Additionally, Slovenia halted its adoption of broadband technology such as 5G due to uninvestigated health risks that come with it. See the report here.
And most recently, in a letter by European Parliament, the European Commission itself has admitted that they have not yet conducted studies on the potential health risks of the 5G technology. Read the letter here.
Why is 5G roll-out happening anyway?In this case, it would seem that business and money is more important than health with regards to 5G in the last couple of months. Ignorance on part of the EU seems to be acceptable while businesses are so focused on commercial and informational growth that the health of the general public seems to be becoming more irrelevant. On the contrary, when it comes to COVID-19, the opposite would seem to be the truth.
And it’s not like we need 5G, but without it, major corporations will be unable to fulfill their objectives. Now what would those objectives be you might wonder? The Internet of Things (IoT)? Do we really need that? Do you think it’s acceptable for companies to know what kind of coffee you are using in your coffee machine the moment you decide to make coffee or the settings you are using? Or do you think its acceptable for business to know what you have in your fridge or where you are in your home? Do we really need everyone going to work in self driving cars? Concerning right? It’s no wonder towers holding 5G technology are going up in flames.
And how about a public referendum to first find out if the people want 5G technology to be implemented in their city? Or is the people’s opinion irrelevant in this day and age? Perhaps it’s time we stood up for our rights and stop allowing over-inflated multinational corporations decide our fate or we might end up with something like this:
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