American public to be exposed to more "possibly carcinogenic" radiofrequency radiation as FCC approved 5G spectrum
FCC Votes Today on Opening Additional Wireless Spectrum for 5G
Joel Moskowitz, an expert on radio frequency emissions with UC Berkeley, says there's barely any research on the health effects of 3G and 4G, much less 5G. He notes that a recent comprehensive government study showed a small but significant percentage of male rats exposed to lifelong 2G cell phone radiation developed cancerous or precancerous cells.
"I don't think we should blindly plow ahead and unleash these new technologies on the public because we're experimenting with the public,” he stresses. “We'd be saturating people's environments with this new form of man-made radiation."
Moskowitz says 5G technology is more line-of-sight than current devices, so it would require millions of small transmitters just about everywhere, including on existing utility poles.
The Telecom Act of 1996 took away state and local governments' rights to limit antennas on health or environmental grounds. The health advocacy group ElectromagneticHealth.
org says it is essential for that section of the Telecom Act to be repealed.
FCC hails 'monumental' vote opening new spectrum for 5G and IoT
Grant Gross, Network World, Jul 14, 2016
The US is the first nation to set aside spectrum for 5G servicesThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to open nearly 11 gigahertz of high-band spectrum to new wireless uses, hailing it as a "monumental step" that will greatly increase network capacity for 5G and the Internet of Things.
The FCC on Thursday adopted new rules for spectrum above 24 GHz, in a vote that Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler described as one of the most important decisions commissioners will make this year.
The FCC's decision opens up 3.85 GHz of licensed spectrum and 7 GHz of unlicensed spectrum to new wireless uses. The new licensed spectrum is in the 28GHz and 37GHz bands, and the new unlicensed band is from 64 to 71 GHz.
In addition to opening up the 11 GHz of spectrum, the FCC will seek public comments on making use of another 18 GHz of spectrum in eight additional high-frequency bands.
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
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