Will Trump Impose a National 5G Network Over Local Objections?

The Trump administration is reportedly planning to build a “centralized 5G network over the next three years,” according to the technology website ZDNet. The push is supposedly coming from National Security Council officials who fear the “rising dominance of China” in telecommunications technology. Under a proposal linked to the press, the federal government would “standardize national and international 5G employment,” which would mean bypassing state and local government efforts to restrict locating potentially hazardous wireless towers near highly populated areas.

Indeed, despite the National Security Council’s dream of 5G everywhere and immediately, more and more cities are starting to take the health risks of cell towers seriously. CBS San Francisco recently reported that many local residents are concerned about the cancer risks of 5G towers outside their homes. Although current federal law largely bans cities from considering the health risks of cell antennas and their radio frequency (RF) emissions, that does not mean such risks do not exist.

Firefighters Remain Opposed to Cell Towers Near Their Stations

One group that remains solidly opposed to indiscriminately expanding cell towers is firefighters. As far back as 2004, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) adopted a resolution opposing “locating cell towers commercial wireless infrastructure on fire department facilities.” The IAFF resolution said there should be no towers on or near fire stations “until a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity on health effects of exposure to low-intensity RF/MW radiation is conducted and it is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our members.”

Unlike many other groups, when firefighters talk politicians will listen. CBS noted that a bill proposed in the California legislature to “make it even harder for cities” to stop the placement of cell towers contained a special exemption for fire stations. The bill’s sponsor admitted he was influenced by the lobbying of firefighters. And in response to a direct question from CBS, he admitted that his bill would not exempt schools because teachers and parents lacked a “strong lobby.”

Taking a Stand for Your Health

As much as some government officials want to sweep this issue under the rug, people have legitimate concerns about the long-term health risks associated with cellular technology. But you do not have to remain silent. If you or someone in your family has developed a health problem that may be related to RF exposure or the use of mobile devices, you should speak with an experienced cell phone cancer attorney right away. Contact the offices of Frasier, Frasier & Hickman, LLP, at (918) 584-4724 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.

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