By B.N. Frank
Before the insidious “Race for 5G” began telecom companies had been warning their investors that they may eventually be held liable for causing harm with their products and transmitters. Regardless, they continued to invent, manufacture and market products for everybody – from cradle to grave – despite increasing electromagnetic and wireless radiation exposure warnings from health experts including the American Academy of Pediatrics.
This being said – 5G is just the tip of an enormous iceberg that’s only getting bigger. In February, telecom executives gave congressional testimony that they have NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe. Many doctors and scientists say it isn’t (see 1, 2, 3, 4). People and their pets are getting sick where 5G has already been installed (see 1, 2, 3). Opposition, legislation, litigation, and warnings against forced widespread installation are increasing in the U.S. and worldwide (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). But instead of backing down – telecoms want to hide where they are installing it from the public as well as the feds. This includes hiding 4G and 5G transmitting small cells inside “Smart Poles.”
From Fierce Wireless:
The Boulder, Colorado-based company Comptek Technologies has designed stand-alone poles to house wireless small cell equipment that is completely hidden within the poles. The City of Denver has approved the design of these Comptek City Poles, and Verizon is now deploying them in Denver for 4G and 5G small cell equipment.
In addition to Verizon, Comptek is also working in different parts of the country with all the other major wireless carriers either directly or through their deployment partners. For instance, Comptek is working closely with its customer Xcel Energy, which has an eight-state footprint. Xcel is helping carriers to deploy their small cells on the utility’s existing vertical infrastructure. And in some cases, Xcel is taking down existing light poles and replacing them with Comptek poles that combine small cell equipment along with a streetlight.
The company has a national agreement with Verizon. Besides Denver, Comptek is working with Verizon in other cities including Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio; Anaheim, San Diego and Los Angeles, California; as well as Salt Lake City. In the Denver/Front Range area, the company has about 350 poles under contract. And across the U.S. it’s got contracts to erect about 1,000 poles by the end of 2019.
But Denver is an especially active market for Comptek as it installs its City Poles for Verizon.
The City Poles for Denver are designed to blend in with other municipal infrastructure, such as light poles that have a vintage look. It also helps that the wireless equipment is housed inside the pole and not hanging off of it.
Asked if the City Poles might eventually have equipment attached to them on the outside, Lockwood said, “Never say never. They’re not designed for that. But the Xcel pole has a provision to attach one backpack to the outside. Xcel does not anticipate having to use that.”
NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard)
Although it seems that the City of Denver and Comptek have made an effort to find an aesthetically-pleasing solution for deploying small cells, still there are citizens who feel double-crossed. An article in the Denver publication Westword profiled a homeowner who tried to fight the installation of one of these 30-foot poles in the sidewalk easement right in front of her home. And who can blame her? Even the Denver City Council, itself, was reticent about having to look at a small cell pole on its own property.
Lockwood said, “Everyone’s intentions are good, but there are unintentional oversights. All of the sudden it’s ‘we approved one right in front of someone’s view of the mountains.’” He added that some residents have contested poles on their property to city council. And as a result, Verizon had to remove five poles last year.
The Wall Street Journal recently published a story “Cities Are Saying No to 5G, Citing Health, Aesthetics—and FCC Bullying,” noting that multiple cities and states are filing lawsuits to protest the FCC’s rule that makes it easier for carriers to deploy their small cells.
Activist Post reports regularly about risks associated with 4G and 5G exposure as well as other unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites.
- Americans for Responsible Technology
- 5G Information
- The 5G Summit
- Environmental Health Trust
- My Street, My Choice
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- Wireless Information Network
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