Tech Industry Can’t Say 5G is Safe. FCC is Being Investigated for Collusion for 5G Legislation. Verizon Starts “Let’s 5G” Campaign and Petition Anyway.

By B.N. Frank

Seriously – The Telecom Industry can’t even say that 5G is safe. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to regulate the Telecom Industry and protect the public from being harmed.  Yet they are being investigated for collusion regarding federal legislation which basically eliminated local input, control, and environmental review of harmful 5G small cell towers and infrastructure.  Other federal legislation was already introduced to overturn this legislation.

Opposition to 5G is increasing every single day and from a variety of sources including:

  • consumer organizations 1, 2
  • doctors and scientists 1, 2, 3
  • environmental groups and activists 1, 2, 3
  • elected officials 1, 2
  • people in the U.S. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and all over the world 1, 2

Verizon started a “Let’s 5G” campaign anyway.  If you’re a Verizon customer, you may have even received an email about it from the “Let’s 5G” Action Team:

An article from pro-tech website, Fierce Wireless provides more yucky details as to why to “Let’s NOT 5G”:

Verizon kicked off an initiative that aims to pressure local and state lawmakers to remove or ease restrictions that could delay the deployment of 5G equipment. The nation’s largest carrier is asking individuals to contact local representatives and voice their support for the “immediate rollout of 5G wireless service in our community.”

The effort, which is called “Let’s 5G,” is being positioned as a platform for customers to learn more about what 5G can deliver, but it’s primarily an advocacy effort intended to drum up local support for the installation of new equipment in communities around the country.


The digital advocacy effort follows the same model that’s been used for decades by groups dedicated to environmental protection, consumer privacy and various issues of importance to nonprofits and other organizations from the full political spectrum. What makes this effort different is that it’s being led by one of the country’s most powerful corporations with a massive budget for lobbying lawmakers on its behalf.


Beyond the health concerns, many municipalities want to maintain control over the character and general aesthetic of equipment that’s attached to utility poles and street lamps. The FCC has been decidedly in favor of wireless carriers on this point, issuing rules that update environmental review procedures and historic preservation rules to exclude small cells, which will comprise the bulk of 5G infrastructure.


Carriers like Verizon are trying to sidestep local control because they don’t want to pay to use the right of way or follow local law, according to Michael Mayta, CIO for the City of Wichita, Kansas. “What happens when I need to accommodate literally thousands of small cells for AT&T, T-Mobile, Cox, Verizon, Sprint, Comcast and any other third party who might want to get into this space?” Mayta wrote in an email.

Long before the Trump administration, the FCC has NOT been protecting the public.

This is now beyond brazenly ridiculous with 5G and pretty much all new technology including the Internet of Things (IoT), “Smart Cities,” Utility “Smart” Meters, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automated Vehicles, and everything else tech related — see 1, 2 , 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Unfortunately, the new Attorney General is a former tech lawyer.  So it’s hard to say if this will get worse before it gets better.

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