By B.N. Frank
American opposition to 5G technology has been ongoing for years due to various significant safety risks associated with the controversial technology. Last month, AT&T and Verizon agreed to delay additional deployment until January 5 due to warnings about aviation safety risks (see 1, 2). Airlines, the Federal Aviation Association (FAA), and transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg have asked for more time but the telecoms have said no. Makes you wonder who exactly is running the country.
From Business Insider:
AT&T and Verizon Communications reject request from Pete Buttigieg and the Federal Aviation Administration to delay 5G launch in the US
- The CEOs of Verizon Wireless and AT&T denied a request to delay a planned rollout of 5G wireless services on January 5.
- “The question of whether 5G operations can safely coexist with aviation has long been settled,” the executives wrote in a letter on Sunday.
- Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the Federal Aviation Administration had previously raised concerns over aircraft interference.
AT&T and Verizon Communications rejected a request from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the Federal Aviation Administration to delay the launch of 5G wireless services due to concern over interference with airline electronics.
In a letter sent on Sunday, AT&T CEO John Stankey and Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg wrote that the companies intend to continue with their planned rollout of 5G on January 5, after already agreeing to a “costly” month-long delay from its previously scheduled December launch date.
“On the evening of New Year’s Eve, just five days before the C-Band spectrum will be deployed, we received your letter asking us to take still more voluntary steps — to the detriment of our millions of consumer, business, and government customers — to once again assist the aviation industry and the FAA after failing to resolve issues in that costly 30-day delay period, which we never considered to be an initial one,” the letter reads.
The letter came in response to a memo sent by Buttigieg and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Steve Dickson on December 31 that detailed concerns surrounding 5G’s potential for “widespread and unacceptable disruption” within the airline industry. The memo included a request to delay the rollout by an additional two weeks and for AT&T and Verizon to commit to placing a buffer around select airports.
A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration told Insider on Sunday that the organization is “reviewing the latest letter from the wireless companies on how to mitigate interference from 5G C-Band transmissions.”
“U.S. aviation safety standards will guide our next actions,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Stankey and Vestberg wrote in the letter AT&T and Verizon Communications dedicated most of the past year to preparing for the implementation of 5G services, adding they complied with various federal fees and requirements, including paying “tens of billions” to the US government and satellite services for widespread spectrum service.
The executives added that their efforts also came after the US government had declared it was “lagging behind China” in 5G services, as well as following the auction of the C-Band spectrum in February 2021 that was the “culmination of years of study by the Federal Communications Commission.”
The executives further noted that 5G services already exist in 40 countries where it “has been been deployed without any negative impact on aviation.”
“We care deeply about the safety of our customers, employees, and families, all of whom fly domestically and internationally for business and pleasure,” the executives wrote in the letter. “Our two companies are deeply committed to public safety and national security, and fortunately, the question of whether 5G operations can safely coexist with aviation has long been settled.
Other grave risks associated with 5G include
- Cybersecurity risks (see 1, 2, 3, 4)
- Environmental risks (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Health risks (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Privacy risks (see 1, 2, 3)
- Weather forecasting satellite interference risks
- Utility infrastructure interference risks
Opposition and warnings have slowed and/or stopped 5G deployment in some places but not others. Since 2017 doctors and scientists have asked for moratoriums on Earth and in space (see 1, 2) and the majority of scientists oppose deployment. Since 2018 there have been reports of people and animals experiencing symptoms and illnesses after 5G was activated (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Some blame the COVID Crisis on 5G deployment while others do not. Regardless, there are health risks associated with 5G exposure as well as exposure to 4G and other sources of wireless Wi-Fi radiation (see 1, 2) and Electromagnetic Fields (aka “Electrosmog”).
Activist Post reports regularly about 5G and other unsafe technology. For more information visit our archives and the following websites.
- Americans for Responsible Technology
- 5G Information
- 5G Space Appeal
- Stop 5G International
- Wireless Information Network
- Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
- Environmental Health Trust
- Physicians for Safe Technology
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