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Status of 5G safety testing – Issue

The subject selected as this month’s issue is not turning out as anticipated. The intent was to compile a sampling of articles with pro and con views about the status of 5G safety for humans. The expectation was that there would be a large selection of each type of article. The following statement from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the government entity in charge of all matters 5G, showed that the situation was not that evolved: “The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced through a (8/8/19) press release that the commission will soon reaffirm the radio frequency radiation (RFR) exposure limits that the FCC adopted in the late 1990s. These limits are based upon a behavioral change in rats exposed to microwave radiation and were designed to protect us from short-term heating risks due to RFR exposure. Yet, since the FCC adopted these limits based largely on research from the 1980s, the preponderance of peer-reviewed research, more than 500 studies, have found harmful biologic or health effects from exposure to RFR at intensities too low to cause significant heating.”
Then we found an August, 2021 court ruling that says, “The FCC will have to re-open the proceeding and for the first time meaningfully and responsibly confront the vast amount of scientific and medical evidence showing that current guidelines do not adequately protect health and the environment.” However, after that date, we found nothing to indicate that the court directive was being addressed by the FCC.

Issue: Has 5G technology been appropriately tested to verify human safety?

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues and views knowledge as power. The articles selected for you below are a sampling of related events over the past three years in this ongoing saga. You can follow the timeline of the unfolding of events to the dramatic point of the scheduled roll out of 5G this month (January 2022) with not one, but two unresolved issues.
(1) Is there any possibility of harm to humans from 5G?
(2) Is there any possibility of 5G interference with airliner instruments? A new alarm raised by the Federal Aviation Association (FAA).
The media coverage of this should be interesting to track to see what happens. Watch for anything that might impact your personal health and safety.

US Senator Blumenthal Raises Concerns on 5G Wireless Technology Health Risks at Senate Hearing (2/8/19)
Video at US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Hearing on the Future of 5G Wireless Technology

FCC chairman addresses 5G safety concerns in letters to lawmakers (5/24/19)
by Marguerite Reardon
“…the FCC noted that the agency has not updated its regulations regarding radiofrequency RF safety since 1996. He also pointed out that the current RF safety guidelines don’t account for the higher frequencies that 5G service uses or the fact that so many more radios are needed to achieve 5G service coverage.”

Court orders FCC to revisit its safety guidelines for RF radiation (8/16/21)
by Linda Hardesty
Fierce Wireless
“Last Friday (8/13/21), the court ruled that the FCC’s decision in 2019 that its 1996 radio frequency emission guidelines adequately protect the public was capricious, arbitrary and not evidence based, in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act. The court also found that the analysis provided by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration on which the FCC relied for its decision, was also not evidence based.” “The FCC will have to re-open the proceeding and for the first time meaningfully and responsibly confront the vast amount of scientific and medical evidence showing that current guidelines do not adequately protect health and the environment.”

Study: Governments Should Be Testing 5G & Proving It’s Safe Before Exposing Humanity To It (1/2/22)
by Arjun Walia
The Pulse
“Novel 5G technology is being rolled out in several densely populated cities, although potential chronic health or environmental impacts have not been evaluated and are not being followed.”

What are the Health Risks of 5G? Your Questions Answered (updated 1/10/22)
by R Blank
Shield Your Body
“FCC safety standards are based upon a testing model known as SAM (Specific Anthropomorphic Mannequin) — which is a plastic model of an adult male head. This means that, in the words of a 2012 scientific paper, the safety standards are ‘greatly underestimating the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for typical mobile phone users, especially children’”.

The FCC may be facing another nuclear-sized interference problem (12/20/21)
by Mike Dano
Light Reading
“Federal spectrum regulators at the FCC have come under increasing fire over concerns that 5G in C-band spectrum might interfere with aircraft radio altimeters.”

Telecoms delay 5G launch near airports, but some airlines are canceling flights (updated 1/19/22)
by David Schaper
“Wireless carriers Verizon and AT&T say they will go ahead with plans to switch on high speed 5G service nationwide Wednesday, except near airports and runways, due to worries that high tech radio signals could interfere with navigational systems on some aircraft.”

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