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20 | THE BULLETIN | JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2017 Dr. Cindy Russell SCCMA V.P. Community Health I t would greatly extend FCC’s current policy of the mandatory irradiation of the public without adequate prior study of the potential health impact and assurance of safety. It would irradi- ate everyone, including the most vulnerable to harm from radiofrequency radiation: pregnant women, unborn children, young children, teenagers, men of reproductive age, the elderly, the dis- abled, and the chronically ill.” —Ronald Powell, PhD, Letter to FCC on 5G expansion (7) BRAVE NEW WORLD OF COMMUNICATION Th e use of mobile wireless technologies continues to increase worldwide. A new faster 5th gen- eration (5G) telecommunication system has recently been approved by the Federal Communications Commission(FCC) with new antennas already being installed and tested in Palo Alto and Mountain View. While it may give us uber automation and instantaneous “immersive entertainment” a lot of questions remain with regards to public health and safety of wireless devices. Will the adoption of this new 5G technology harm directly or indirectly the consumers and businesses it hopes to attract? 5G is the new promised land for wireless technology. It could connect us in our homes, work- places and city streets to over a trillion objects around the world. (96) Th e Internet of Th ings (IoT) is primed to give us self-driving cars, appliances that can order their own laundry soap, automa- tion hubs that pay your bills, not to mention fast movie downloads and virtual reality streaming from anywhere when you are on the go. Companies are already asking local cities and counties to move forward to create “Smart Cities” which have comprehensive digital connectivity by installing a massive wireless sensor network of almost invisible small cell antennae on light posts, utility poles, homes and businesses throughout neighborhoods and towns in order to integrate IoT with IT. Th ey state it will improve services, the economy and quality of life. Th is communication network will WILL IT GIVE US A SMART NATION OR CONTRIBUTE TO AN UNHEALTHY ONE? A 5G WIRELESS FUTURE
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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2017 | THE BULLETIN | 21 form an expanded electromagnetic microwave blanket above each city and county, permeating the airspace and providing seamless connectivity where people and things will exchange data. Former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Tom Wheeler called this a “National Priority” and thus ushered in approval for the addition of this new pervasive network of high frequency short wave millimeter broadband for commercial use fi rst planned in urban areas. DEVELOPING A “SMART” WORLD? Engineers and physicists are busy working out the details of carrier frequencies and the architecture of the new network. Manufacturing industries are already developing commonly used products that feature wireless integration that will connect to the densely clustered antennas.
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