• 03 NOV 17

    POTENTIAL 5G CELL TOWER CONSTRUCTION IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

    (From Ronald N. Kostoff, Ph.D. on November 1, 2017)

    Dear Montgomery County Council Members,

    I have been informed that Montgomery County is considering approval of the installation of small cell towers throughout the County, including up and down residential streets, starting with Potomac, MD and Germantown, MD. I would like to offer my perspective on this proposal.

    Over the past decade, I have been performing studies on causes and treatments of chronic diseases. Much of the focus has emphasized identifying the causes of these diseases, and their specific impacts. The most comprehensive of the studies was a book titled Pervasive Causes of Disease,

    https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/53714

    and identified ~800 contributing factors that impacted more than a threshold number of the ~4000 diseases examined.

    One of the specific factors I have been examining in detail is non-ionizing radiation. Earlier this year, I published an invited book chapter on the health impacts of non-ionizing radiation combined with other stimuli, both toxic and non-toxic. SNIP

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    • 17 OCT 17

    California: Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes bill easing permits on cell phone towers (5G)

    Excerpt
    NOTE: While in California where wise heads prevail, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) plans to fast track 5G in the 26GHz frequency range for a nationwide rollout of 5G antennas.

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    From The Mercury News ( California), By Tracy Seipel, October 16, 2017

    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/16/california-gov-jerry-brown-vetoes-bill-easing-permits-on-cell-phone-towers/

    Gov. Jerry Brown late Sunday vetoed a bill backed by the cell phone industry that would have made it easier to install microwave radiation antennas.

    Senate Bill 649, authored by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego and co-authored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, proposed to scale back the permitting process for antennas and other equipment in an effort to meet demand for wireless services.

    In a signing statement, Brown wrote that while he saw the value in “extending this ​innovative technology rapidly and efficiently,” the bill took too much control away from cities and counties.

    The bill was primarily supported by the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, the main trade group for the U.S. wireless telecommunications industry. The group said SB 649 would help boost the economy.

    Yet the bill had alarmed many local government officials around the state. They worried if SB 649 became law, it would cap how much they could charge phone companies for leases to $250 a year. Others raised concerns about the risk to public health from cell towers.

    Grass-roots activists and scientists said that if SB 649 became law, a projected 50,000 new cellular antennas would be installed on public buildings and utility poles in California neighborhoods, creating a risk to public health because of the dangers of radiation and electromagnetic frequencies emitted by cell towers.

    SNIP

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    • 05 OCT 17

    New paper: RF exposure as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease

    With our ever increasing exposure to RF from new technology the authors of this paper raise a vital question. Is RF exposure an environmental risk factor for cardiovascular disease? Hopefully this paper will encourage research on the possibility – as we rush down the road to 5G and the Internet of Things with health considerations based solely on thermal effects.

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    • 05 OCT 17

    Australian Consultations re: 5G spectrum deployment and telecommunications legislation responses

    From Janobai Smith

    If anybody is interested in reading the submissions re the the proposed changes to telecommunications legislation they are here: https://www.communications.gov.au/have-your-say/consultation-possible-amendments-telecommunications-carrier-powers-and-immunities (It took ages for the Dept of Communications and the Arts to publish them.)
    There are four submissions raising the EMF issue. SNIP

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    • 19 SEP 17

    5G Appeal sent to EU

    From Lennart Hardel
    5G Appeal sent to EU

    September 13, 2017

    Scientists and doctors warn of potential serious health effects of 5G

    We the undersigned, more than 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries, recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry. 5G will substantially increase exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) on top of the 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, etc. for telecommunications already in place. RF-EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment…… SNIP

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    • 21 AUG 17

    UC San Diego Medical Professor opposes “small cell” antenna bill (SB 649)

    From Joel M. Moskowitz PhD

    I have been hearing from scientists around the world who are deeply concerned about the deployment of fifth generation (5G) wireless technology without adequate research on the health effects of exposure to this type of radiofrequency radiation.

    Professor Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, published an open letter yesterday that explains why she is vigorously opposed to SB 649, a bill in the California legislature that would expedite the deployment of “small cell” antennas to facilitate the roll-out of 5G across the state.
    Dr. Golomb’s letter begins with the following warning: SNIP

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    • 20 AUG 17

    Will New Zealand’s 5G research be a spin job?

    I received the below article from the LA Times this morning. Not a very informative article as it is mostly referring to cell phone research which really isn’t that applicable to the frequencies used in 5G technology. However, I noted the brief reference at the end which mentions 5G research which is being conducted by the telecommunications and Network Engineering research group at Massey University, New Zealand. This research is using “modeling” to determine the possible health effects of “many, many transmitters transmitting together”. SNIP

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    • 19 AUG 17

    5G phone network: Expert concerned by lack of understanding of potential health effects

    From ABC News, August 18

    Excerpt

    More research is needed into the potential health effects of new 5G mobile phone technology before it is rolled out in Australia, an international expert says.

    The high-speed mobile phone network could be operational in Australia from 2020, offering up to 50 times the bandwidth currently available on 4G networks, allowing users to download the equivalent of three television episodes in a second.

    Telstra announced last year it would run a world-first test of the technology for visitors to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

    International radio frequency expert Professor Dariusz Leszczynski, from the University of Helsinki, told a public lecture at Griffith University in Brisbane on Thursday night there was a concerning lack of understanding about the health effects….. SNIP

    And note the concluding dismissive remarks by an ARPANSA spokesperson who said “it would be up to individual university research labs to pick up the agency’s recommendations for more research into 5G frequencies”. And just which labs? ACEBR most likely who can reliably be counted upon to find that there’s nothing to worry about, other than that old nocebo effect… In other words business as usual…

    Lets see if Croft, or perhaps Chapman, does a blast on Media Watch as well……

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    • 18 AUG 17

    FCC Packs Broadband Advisory Group With Big Telecom Firms, Trade Groups

    When the Federal Communications Commission went looking this year for experts to sit on an advisory committee regarding deployment of high-speed internet, they took the often favoured route and loaded the 30 member panel with corporate executives, trade groups and free-market scholars. More than three out of four seats on the BDAC are filled by business-friendly representatives from the biggest wireless and cable companies such as AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp., Sprint Corp., and TDS Telecom. Crown Castle International Corp., the nation’s largest wireless infrastructure company, and Southern Co., the nation’s second-largest utility firm, have representatives on the panel. Also appointed to the panel were broadband experts from conservative think tanks who have been critical of FCC regulations such as the International Center for Law and Economics and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. SNIP

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    • 17 AUG 17

    Parliamentary petition on 5G antenna siting

    To all Australians on this list

    Below is a Parliamentary petition, although not mentioning 5G antennas, is all about a ubiquitous rollout of 5G antennas in Australia. Consider signing and pass it on! The more sign the better. As the act currently stands the carriers will be able to install 5G antennas on utility poles wherever they like. Might be right outside your bedroom and you, or your local government, will have absolutely no say in the matter.

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    • 10 AUG 17

    Excellent new website on 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT)

    Excerpt from the website:

    WHAT ARE 5G AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS?

    Industry and government are promoting 5G and the Internet of Things as the “next big thing” hoping these will generate enormous economic growth, a colossal amount of data, and unimagined benefits to society. 5G and the IoT are being foisted on us all in what can only be described as a mad rush. The Telecom industry, echoed by our government officials insist they are responding to public demand, although the vast majority of people have no idea what either 5G or the IoT are… SNIP

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    • 08 AUG 17

    5G Wireless Technology: Millimeter Wave Health Effects

    Excerpt

    5G Wireless Technology: Millimeter Wave Health Effects

    Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.
    Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
    August 7, 2017

    The emergence of 5G, fifth-generation telecommunications networks, has been in the news lately because the wireless industry has been pushing controversial legislation at the state level to expedite the deployment of this technology. The legislation would block the rights of local governments and their citizens to control the installation of cellular antennas in the public “right-of-way.” Cell antennas may be installed on public utility poles every 10-12 houses in urban areas. According to the industry, as many as 50,000 new cell sites will be required in California alone. SNIP

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    • 27 JUL 17

    Leszczynski: Free Public Lecture at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

    From Dariusz Leszczynski

    In conjunction with my annual visit to Australia, this time to present a key-note presentation at the meeting of the Australasian Radiation Protection Society, I will also present:

    Free Public Lecture – Thursday 17 August 2017 @ 6:00 pm

    Location: Griffith University, Nathan Campus
    Lecture Theatre: Building N16 Lecture Theater No. 0.03
    RSVP (for catering purposes) – contact info will be soon provided here…

    Global Expansion of the Wireless: The 5G dive into the great unknown

    Excerpt

    by Adj. Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, University of Helsinki, Finland

    In 2011, I was one of the 30 invited experts who classified radiation emitted by the wireless communication devices (WCD) as possible human carcinogen. Since that time several new studies have been published and the current scientific evidence suggests that the radiation emitted by the current WCD could be re-classified as probable human carcinogen. This evidence of health risk indicates that the current safety limits are insufficient to protect all users of the WCD. SNIP

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    • 26 JUL 17

    The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

    Excerpts

    One day, not too soon — but still sooner than you think — the smartphone will all but vanish, like beepers and fax machines before it.

    Make no mistake, we’re still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we’re all cyborgs by 2027, I’ll happily eat my words. Assuming we’re still eating at all, I guess.)

    Yet, piece by piece, the groundwork for the eventual demise of the smartphone is being laid by Elon Musk, by Microsoft, by Facebook, by Amazon, and a countless number of startups that still have a part to play….
    Microsoft, Facebook, Google and the Google-backed Magic Leap are all working to build standalone augmented reality headsets, which project detailed 3D images straight into your eyes. Even Apple is rumoured to be working on this, too. Microsoft’s Alex Kipman recently told Business Insider that augmented reality could flat-out replace the smartphone, the TV, and anything else with a screen. There’s not much use for a separate device sitting in your pocket or on your entertainment center, if all your calls, chats, movies, and games are beamed into your eyes and overlaid on the world around you….

    This week, we got our first look at Neuralink, a new company cofounded by Elon Musk with a goal of building computers into our brains by way of “neural lace,” a very early-stage technology that lays on your brain and bridges it to a computer. It’s the next step beyond even that blending of the digital and physical worlds, as man and machine become one. SNIP

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    • 05 JUL 17

    Abstract of the forthcoming Key-Note Presentation at the ARPS 2017 conference

    The annual meeting of the Australian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS2017) is being held at Wollongong NSW on 8 -9 August 2017. The key-note presentation is by Dariusz Leszczynski who has just posted his presentation abstract on his blog, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.
    SNIP

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    • 16 JUN 17

    Government paving the way for 5G and the IoT

    The Australian Government is seeking comments on possible amendments to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities. Titled, “Consultation on possible amendments to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities” this exercise looks suspiciously like preparing the ground for the next generation of wireless technology such as 5G, enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). A Brave New World…

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    • 08 MAY 17

    A 5G WIRELESS FUTURE: WILL IT GIVE US A SMART NATION OR CONTRIBUTE TO AN UNHEALTHY ONE?

    A report written by Dr. Cindy Russell

    A 5G WIRELESS FUTURE: WILL IT GIVE US A SMART NATION OR CONTRIBUTE TO AN UNHEALTHY ONE?

    EXCERPT

    BRAVE NEW WORLD OF COMMUNICATION
    The use of mobile wireless technologies continues to increase worldwide. A new faster 5th generation (5G) telecommunication system has recently been approved by the Federal Communications
    Commission(FCC) with new antennas already being installed and tested in Palo Alto and Mountain
    View. While it may give us uber automation and instantaneous “immersive entertainment” a lot of
    questions remain with regards to public health and safety of wireless devices. Will the adoption of this new 5G technology harm directly or indirectly the consumers and businesses it hopes to attract? SNIP

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    • 19 APR 17

    The UK snap election: Theresa May’s anti-human hi-tech policy

    The UK’s unemployment statistics are about to get far worse with Theresa May’s high tech industrial policy (below). This policy promotes: (1) a nation-wide rollout of 5G which is necessary for the Internet of Things (IoT); (2) smart grids and smart meters; and (3) artificial intelligence/robotics. Putting aside the issues around 5G and the smart grid, the rise of the age of robots inherent in May’s policy stands to replace the jobs of millions of UK workers with robotics according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report found in part that: …SNIP

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    • 04 APR 17

    Internet of Things security: What happens when every device is smart and you don’t even know it?

    Excerpt:

    Billions more everyday items are set to be connected to the internet in the next few years, especially as chips get cheaper and cheaper to produce — and crucially, small enough to fit into even the smallest product.

    Potentially, any standard household item could become connected to the internet, even if there’s no reason for the manufacturers to do so.

    Eventually that processors needed to power an IoT device will become effectively free, making it possible to turn anything into a internet-enabled device…..

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    • 27 JAN 17

    And from the Dark Side: Report and conference from the IoT industry sector: Regulating the Internet of Things

    From The Internet of Things World:

    Many countries are beginning to develop their regulatory framework in relation to IoT with 2016 seeing notable progress in the UK and Singapore in particular. Issues in relation to roaming, data protection, privacy and network security have been identified and broadly agreed upon by regulators across the world.

    But what happens next? SNIP…..

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