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Letter to the editor: Should We Rush to Implement 5G Wireless Technology?

Posted 2/9/20

Technology is not always safe or reliable. Note the recent crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and of a software application used to tally votes at the Iowa Democratic Caucus. Concerns over …

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Letter to the editor: Should We Rush to Implement 5G Wireless Technology?

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Technology is not always safe or reliable. Note the recent crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and of a software application used to tally votes at the Iowa Democratic Caucus. Concerns over wireless technology include adverse health effects (Dr. Devra Davis, Environmental Health Trust), internet security, the ability to communicate with first responders, and the impact on real-estate values (an average decline of 15-20%).

This Monday, Feb 10 at 7 p.m., Lakewood City Council will decide whether to amend Lakewood City Codes to allow “small cell” 5G towers or antenna every 200-300 feet in public streets next to schools and homes (“densification”), involuntarily exposing Lakewood residents 24/7 to wireless 5G radiation of much higher frequency than the current 4G towers (5G frequencies range from 600 MHZ to 71,000 MHZ). Long-term effects of cumulative exposure to 5G on humans are untested, except for military applications. However, after 5G wireless was implemented in Switzerland, emergency rooms were deluged by patients complaining of insomnia, severe headaches, earaches, and tinnitus. https://www.globalresearch.ca/swiss-citizens-protest-5g-implementation-new-illnesses-start/5691553.

Reliable communication with first responders (EMS, firefighters and police) is essential in emergencies. In the recent California fires, wireless communications failed. Only residents with copper landline phones in California received the reverse-911 order to evacuate. See https://scientists4wiredtech.com/2017/10/cell-coverage-failed-in-october-2017-ca-fires/ Safer, more reliable and secure Internet access is by “Fiber to the Premises”, running fiber optic cables to homes. Model cities have amended their codes to exclude wireless towers and antennae from residential areas and school properties, allowing them only in commercial zones.

Lynn Judson,

Lakewood

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