I am writing in response to a Jan. 31st article published in The Independent, “Cell Towers Cause Problems for Cities’ Local Control,” about how local government control over 5G wireless technology rollout is being threatened by a recent FCC ruling.

The power balance between local and national governmental regulatory bodies has a long history dating back well before the struggle between the 13 original American Colonies and the English monarchy.

This power struggle continues today with 5G — a multi-billion dollar industry that communication giants such as Verizon and AT&T claim will enhance our daily living in a multitude of ways. These corporations spend incredibly large sums of money to lobby their interests in Washington and recently have influenced the FCC to force local governments to quickly lease municipal infrastructure on unfavorable terms in order to establish their private 5G networks.

Why would the FCC and these communications companies use these strong-arm tactics to speed up the rollout?

Ultimately it will boost profit for the communication giants. However, this short-sighted profit grab could come at significant, irreparable damage to human, animal, and environmental health.

The issues surrounding 5G are complex, and I have provided evidence on why we should fight the loss of local control over this issue in the below summarized points with hyperlinked references:

The recent FCC ruling to remove local control is unconstitutional and being challenged by many local municipalities as well as by Congresswomen Eshoo and Speier through HR 530. (“FCC rules on 5G cellphone upgrade spark antenna fight,” Dan Boyan, Washington Times/Associated Press, 2-14-19; H.R.530 – Accelerating Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019)

The FCC claims to 5G safety are unfounded and based on 1990s research on only the thermal effects of the 5G frequencies, not on the biological effects of RF and 5G frequencies on human, animal, and plant life. (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection; BioInitiative Report)

Implementation of 5G will require thousands of small cell towers placed as little as 500 feet apart, essentially bathing us in an untested electromagnetic soup which can lower property value and impact all life. (“Senator Blumenthal Blasts FCC and FDA For No Research on 5G Safety,” Physicians for Safe Technology, 2-13-19; “5G Wireless Technology: Millimeter Wave Health Effects,” Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, upd. 2-22-19)

Numerous health organizations suggest limited Radio Frequency (RF) exposure including The World Health Organization, California Department of Public Health, and French National Assembly. (“IARC Classifies Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields as Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans,” World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), 5-31-11; “California Warns About Cellphone Exposure and Health Risks,” Alice Walton, Forbes, 12-16-17; “Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, Information and Consultation in the Establishment of Radioactive Installations,” French National Assembly, 1-29-15)

180+ scientists and doctors warn the United Nations of the potential serious health effects related to 5G in this Letter. (“Scientists Warn of Potential Serious Health Effects of 5G,” Environmental Health Trust, 9-13-17)

I humbly request that all citizens, as our civic duty, take a moment to educate ourselves on this issue and voice our opinions to our local and national government representatives.

Protecting the health and safety of our children, community, and environment must take priority over the protection of commercial and corporate interests.