Legislators, Residents Protest the Installation of More 5G Cell Towers; “our service is great, our WiFi is great.”

By B.N. Frank

Complaints about 5G deployment and activation in New York City have been ongoing since 2018 and continue to increase as does media coverage of it (see 1, 2, 3).  Of course, it also seems reasonable that some New Yorkers are asking that no more cell towers be installed in their neighborhoods when there is no wireless service gap.

From Inside Towers:

Fashionable NY Neighborhood Balks at “Ugly” Small Cell Towers

UPDATE Bucking the expression “you can’t fight city hall,” some angry New Yorkers are letting Mayor Eric Adams know they’re displeased with a plan that would plant several 32-foot cell towers in their neighborhood. As the New York Post reports, there’s an effort underway to install a network of cell towers throughout the city. The concern among many residents in the posh Upper East Side is that the structures are not visually appealing and take away from the overall glamor of the upscale Madison Avenue shopping district.

“We need to help make it more elegant… not make it uglier,” said resident Radames Soto. Soto questioned the need for cell towers at all, noting that “our service is great, our WiFi is great.”

Madison Avenue Business Improvement District Matthew Bauer stated, “it doesn’t seem fair. It doesn’t seem right,” upon learning that three of the proposed 5G cell towers would be coming to this part of town.

“Our office is receiving numerous complaints regarding the 18 additional Link NYC sites that have been proposed for the Upper East Side,” said State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright. “While we understand the importance of expanding access to critical telecommunication tools, community level input is essential. With great concern from our neighbors for a rushed implementation, I request a moratorium on further expansion of 5G on the Upper East Side before residents can weigh in on the proposed sites.” Seawright’s comments were directed towards Mayor Adams’ office.

“I do share my constituents’ concerns about installing towers in residential areas where they will surely be obtrusive,” added East Side Councilman Keith Powers. The New York Post labeled Powers and others as NIMBY’s who have not been receptive to Mayor Adams’ plan to make reliable broadband coverage available to all New Yorkers.

“When it comes to digital services, we know that too many New Yorkers have been left behind,” Mayor Adams previously noted. “Our administration is committed to changing that and ensuring that all of our city’s residents have access to tech services, no matter where they live.”

Opposition to 5G has been and continues to be worldwide due to numerous issues associated with the controversial technology.  This has limited, slowed, and/or stopped deployment including near airports in the U.S. (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and India (see 1, 2) due to significant interference issues with aviation equipment.  Since 2017, doctors and scientists have been asking for moratoriums on Earth and in space due to biological and environmental health risks (see 1, 2, 3, 4) and the majority of scientists oppose deployment.  Since 2018 there have been reports of people and animals experiencing symptoms and illnesses after it was activated including in New York City neighborhoods (see 1, 2. 3, 4, 5)!  Additionally, in 2019, telecom executives gave U.S. congressional testimony that they had NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe.  Some researchers have also warned that activation may be contributing to COVID-19 infections as well as hundreds of thousands if not millions of bird deaths.

Good luck, New Yorkers!

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