By B.N. Frank
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect Americans by regulating the telecom industry. Their history of catering to the industry at the expense of the public pre-dates the Trump administration. Current chairman, Ajit Pai, refers to their approach as being “not heavy handed” and the agency has, unfortunately, become more despicable (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).
Despite research proving harm, they refuse to update 24-year old federal RF radiation exposure guidelines. Lawsuits have been filed against them for NOT protecting Americans from unsafe levels of radiation as well as 5G deployment on land (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and in space. Federal agencies and other experts have also warned that 5G can threaten national security, public safety, and weather forecasting accuracy (see 1, 2, 3). The FCC has dismissed all of this.
Now Pai is being called out AGAIN for misleading Americans at the expense of Americans.
FCC chairman cited false broadband data in spite of warnings
Officials had worried about the data for years.
The FCC has proposed fining internet provider BarrierFree for providing false subscriber data, but not before it used some of that data to further its own claims — and it had plenty of warning, too. Ars Technica reports that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai used BarrierFree’s data in February 2019 to tout improved rural broadband access, even though his agency had warned of inaccurate data for years. The FCC repeatedly warned BarrierFree about missing data starting in 2015, and raised concerns about data (which later proved to be false) when it finally sent data in March 2018.
BarrierFree also missed a September filing, and Pai was touting the incorrect numbers the same day the FCC was warning the provider about another deadline.
Pai went on to correct the data in May 2019, but maintained that broadband was reaching Americans in a “reasonable and timely fashion.” The gap was considerably larger than he claimed, though. Where the Chairman initially claimed that people without access dropped from 26.1 million in late 2016 to 19.4 million a year later, there were actually 21.3 million people without fast internet service. That also doesn’t factor in concerns about inaccurate data gathering methods.
These findings don’t necessarily show the FCC was knowingly using false info. However, they at least indicates the regulator wasn’t heeding numerous red flags. The Pai-era FCC has made rural broadband one of its top priorities, committing billions to the cause, but reports like this cast doubt on its progress claims.
There’s NO doubt it’s very important that Americans have access to high-speed internet. However, it can be provided WITHOUT 5G. In addition to federal agencies issuing opposition and warnings, congressional members have also formally addressed the FCC with their 5G safety concerns. In addition to municipalities filing lawsuits against the agency, they have passed resolutions to ban 5G until studies prove it’s safe (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 6) and ordinances to limit and/or control installation. State representatives in Hawaii and Illinois have introduced bills to ban it until studies show that it’s safe. Illinois legislators and candidates have also issued formal statements against deployment.
5G has become so controversial it’s been covered in Dilbert comic strips AND Trump recently withdrew his re-nomination of a veteran FCC commissioner because of it. Of course, we can’t blame continued forced deployment solely on the FCC – Trump recently re-introduced his proposal for a nationalized 5G plan.
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In 2019 telecom executives gave U.S. congressional testimony that they had NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe. The majority of scientists worldwide oppose deployment until studies show that it’s safe. Cities worldwide AND entire countries have taken action to ban, delay, halt, and limit installation AS WELL AS issue moratoriums (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).
Since 2018 people and animals have been getting sick where 5G has been turned on (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Of course, other sources of wireless can cause illness too. That’s why it’s convenient that the FCC refuses to update its radiation exposure guidelines.
Out of sight – out of mind…
Activist Post reports regularly about the FCC and unsafe technology. For more information visit our archives and the following websites.
- 5G Information
- 5G Space Appeal
- Stop 5G International
- The 5G Summit
- Environmental Health Trust
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Wireless Information Network
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