By B.N. Frank
According to a group of telecom experts, Americans have already paid to have safer access to high-speed internet via fiber optics (see also 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). This being the case, 5G and other WiFi-emitting infrastructure on the ground, attached to homes, and in the air via satellites or other airborne contraptions (see 1, 2) should NOT be necessary (or financed) to “bridge the digital divide.”
In regard to satellites, experts continue to warn that adding tens of thousands more to a sky already full of space junk is VERY DANGEROUS (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). In South Africa, a 5G satellite moratorium was recently authorized due to interference issues. A 180-day pause on internet satellites is desperately needed before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allows more to be launched in the U.S. by SpaceX or anyone else.
Critics take aim at SpaceX’s Starlink, Amazon’s Project Kuiper and other satellite constellations
SpaceX, Amazon and OneWeb say their satellite mega-constellations will make broadband internet goodness available to billions of people around the world who are unserved or underserved — but some say those promises have to be weighed against the potential perils.
These critics cite the risk of catastrophic satellite collisions, concerns about cybersecurity and worries about environmental and health impacts — including impacts on astronomical observations and the beauties of the night sky.
Such concerns are likely to intensify as SpaceX and OneWeb add to their current fleets of satellites in low Earth orbit, and as Amazon gets set to deploy more than 3,200 satellites for its Project Kuiper broadband network. If all the plans laid out for those ventures come to pass, tens of thousands of satellites could be put into orbit over the next decade.
Early today, SpaceX sent its latest batch of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit, bringing the total number of satellites launched to 1,265.
The latest challenge to the mega-constellations was filed today with the Federal Communications Commission. A coalition of policy groups is calling on the FCC to put a 180-day hold on further approvals for broadband data satellite deployments, in order to conduct a more thoroughgoing assessment of the risks.
“One hundred and eighty days goes by in a flash, but it allows everybody to think through the risks and come up with a sensible policy and a set of rules and procedures,” Julian Gresser, a former consultant to the U.S. State Department who’s leading the regulatory challenge, told GeekWire.
This isn’t the first challenge mounted by the coalition — which includes the Healthy Heavens Trust Initiative, the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Americans for Responsible Technology and the Safeguarding the Astronomical Sky Foundation.
The majority of scientists worldwide oppose 5G deployment. Cities AND entire countries have taken action to ban, delay, halt, and limit installation AS WELL AS issue moratoriums due to health, safety, environmental and economic risks. Americans opposed to 5G deployment may sign this letter asking President Biden and Vice President Harris to stop deployment.
Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology. For more information visit our archives and the following websites:
- 5G Space Appeal
- Stop 5G International
- 5G Free
- 5G Information
- Environmental Health Trust
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- Wireless Information Network
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