We’ve tried to address the great debate that surrounds the imminent arrival of 5G, the latest leap in mobile technology, before, and, to be honest, the bugger is already giving us headaches.
If you want to dig a little deeper, you can go back and check out our 5G, Or Not 5G cover story from May right here.
In the meantime, as another protest against the approved 5G mast at Meridian Point gets underway this Saturday, we decided to give the floor to a local believer on either side of the argument. In the hope that the truth might just worm its way out through the middle.
On the anti-5G side, we have David Sullivan, author of the not-for-profit book Smartphones And WiFi: The Dangers Of Smartphone Radiation, and one of the main movers and placard-shakers behind Awareness Wifi Greystones. On the other side is Darragh Stokes, who’s very much a party of one.
We asked each to write an essay between 500 and 1,000 words on the subject, with a maximum of 10 links in their footnotes. We haven’t edited a word. Not even the bad grammar.
The Case Against
David Sullivan Awareness Wifi Greystones
5G is the fifth generation of mobile phone telephony.
The Industry hype campaign has already started, we have been blitzed, with the promise of holographic phone calls and super-fast download speeds (a full-length movie downloaded in a few seconds). The so-called vision of smart homes and smart cities and the Internet of things.
If nothing is done 5G will arrive in our homes within the next six months.
It’s like a wonderful dream for the engineers and technocrats of this world.
It’s been driven by the Telecoms Companies, the Semiconductor industry and also the Phone manufacturers, it is not being driven by any real consumer demand and there are real issues that need to be confronted about its safety and potential environmental impact.
5G deployment is straight out of the school of light-touch regulation. All the existing Irish planning guidelines have been bypassed for its roll out. Our government is very happy to have made €72 million from selling the 5G spectrum to industry.
This is a direct copy of the US policy for 5G which was set by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler (Ex Industry) when he said in 2016
“Turning innovators loose is far preferable to expecting committees and regulators to define the future. We won’t wait for the standards to be first developed in the sometimes-arduous standards-setting process or in a government-led activity.”
This is a return to the Wild-West way of doing things “shoot first, ask questions later”.
People have become very sceptical about accepting the advice from Industry concerning light touch regulations and we as a society need to be fully aware of the potential implications of these rash-decisions. There needs to be more public discussion on such major societal changes prior to passing the point of no return.
We cannot just allow Technology to drive Policy – we need Policy to drive Technology.
Three issues with 5G stand out that people need to be aware of:
No research has been done on the Biological Effects of this 5G Spectrum of Radiation. Nothing on human health, nothing on its effects on the environment (our birds, bees and plant life), nothing on The Microbiome and antibiotic resistance. No research is apparent, because this will slow down the deployment of this technology according to the US telecoms regulators (FCC), so we are flying blind into this 5G world.
Internet today is consuming approx. 10% of global electricity (2019 Swedish Estimate). 5G will consume 4 x times the electricity compared to 3G and 4G. Also, most countries will run both the new 5G and the legacy 3/4G systems together for 10 years making things even worse. What will the Carbon Footprint of this 5G Madness be and how much will Ireland pay in EU fines?
5G will be a Privacy and Security Nightmare. Watch this telling video.
Questions need to be asked who is driving this 5G madness ?
Who stands to benefit and who stands to lose ?
Internet access in this modern world is fast becoming a human right which should be delivered to each and every household with Wire (initially as fibre to the curb then after as fibre to the house), delivered in a similar fashion to how we receive our utilities. Instead of us connecting via fibre directly to the Internet, with 5G wireless we are obligated to have the extra step of fibre to 5G and then 5G to the consumer. The best way to go is to connect our houses / schools and offices to fibre directly, as we don’t need 5G. Wireless has its utility when you are on the move but it should not be the primary source.
Currently we have approx. 10,000 phone towers in Ireland consuming huge amounts of electricity. When 5G is deployed these cell-towers will be replaced locally by thousands of mini-towers every 100 to 200 meters apart. What will be the carbon footprint consequences of going from 4G to 5G be? How much more in EU fines will the Irish Government (and the tax-payer) have to pay for this madness ? 5G is a higher energy radiation and will require the deployment of mini-cell towers, everywhere.
This global deployment of 5G has come without one single biological safety test being performed. It is like a clinical trial with no consent and no controls yet there is a myriad of overwhelming evidence from eminent scientists, doctors and health officials (even within the World Health Organisation) who have expressed and publicised their most serious concerns about the exposure to 5G frequency and its potential future health repercussions.
5G has been described as the corporate media “Walled Garden”.
Its primary purpose is to sell more video, more advertising, more apps, to make you buy new smart phones and to allow the Telecoms companies gather more of our consumer data (so they can sell it to other companies). With 5G, our privacy will be eroded further as somebody, somewhere, will know
where you are 24/7 down to the nearest meter,
what you purchase,
what you are doing and where you travel
5G is the prerequisite for the Chinese Social (spying) Credit system.
People of Greystones (and everywhere else) please carry out your own research and let your local public representatives know you are concerned and that the precautionary principle should apply: until we know much more about the new technology and until it is regulated it should not be rolled-out in Co. Wicklow.
Saturday 27th July Information Stand in Greystones re Meridian Point 3G/4G mast deployment.
Planning permission was granted last March by WCC for the installation of six 2.5m high antennae and four transmission masts at the Meridian Point Centre in Greystones.
On Saturday, the 27th July at 1pm across the road from the Centre, there will be an Information stand. Those interested in seeking further information can attend, and join the Stop 5G Wicklow Facebook Page.
Stop 5G Wicklow Change.org Petition here.
Electromagnetic Sense Ireland website here.
Investigate Mobile Technology Public Health Concerns Uplift Petition here.
The Case For
5G: Debunking The Hysteria…