Many readers of this website ask us what is it about 5G cell towers that make them more dangerous than 2G, 3G or 4G cell towers. They know that all of them emit the carcinogenic Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation. But they hear that 5G is supposed to be so much more dangerous, and they want to know the actual facts. Is it true, and if so what about this is scientifically proven? We will go over all of this!
5G Cell Towers are more dangerous than earlier cell tower generations because they expose us to a wider variety of RF Radiation frequencies. Not only do they emit the higher 5G millimeter wave frequencies (between 24 GHz to 300 GHz), but they emit many of the lower 2G, 3G & 4G frequencies as well (between 1 GHz to 6 GHz). Also the smaller millimeter waves of 5G have been shown to cause harm to the skin, eyes, immune system, and our bacterial antibiotic resistance. Certain 5G frequencies, such as the common 60 GHz frequency, are known to absorb oxygen, and are believed to interfere with oxygen absorption within our lungs.
In the rest of this article we will not only get into the details of why 5G is more harmful, but we will also talk about how you can protect yourself from these dangers. We will talk more about what 5G radiation is, and give you an example of how the US military uses it as a crowd control weapon. We will also talk about (and link to) the many peer reviewed scientific studies and letters from doctors and scientists explaining 5G dangers from a scientific perspective. (Related articles: “5G Health Risks Debunked – A Brief Look At The Science!” & “Is WiFi Safe? – Get The Facts!“)
(Before we get into the rest of this article I just want to mention one thing. Many people that come to this site are also interested in emergency preparedness. If you are interested in this subject you might want to check out EmergencyPrepGuy.com. It has really good information on all types of emergency preparation.)
Table Of Contents:
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- 5G Is The Worst Of Both Worlds
- Mini 5G Cell Tower In Your Home
- What Is 5G?
- U.S. Military’s 5G “Active Denial System”
- Cell Tower Radiation Measured
- How Dangerous Is 5G Radiation?
- 5G Letters From 250 Scientists and Doctors
- Article Including Other Scientific Studies
5G Is The Worst Of Both Worlds
With RF Radiation, how close the source is to our physical bodies is more important than the power level (or wattage) of the radiation. RF Radiation dissipates with distance. A low powered exposure right next to someone, is more dangerous than a more powerful exposure a long ways away. Also the longer the exposure time is, the more dangerous it is.
5G will be the worst of both worlds. Because 5G frequencies are subject to more obstructions and interference, they expect to need a 5G mini cell tower every 2 to 8 houses. So we will have more 5G Radiation emitting sources around us, and closer to us. And they will be more powerful, continuous emissions.
There are literally hundreds of peer reviewed scientific studies from around the world that have linked this “non-ionizing” form of electromagnetic radiation to things like cancer, DNA damage (especially in infants and fetuses), and infertility. And Kevin Mottus of the US Brain Tumor Association says that within the radio frequency portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, the higher the frequency, the more dangerous the radiation is.
Mini 5G Cell Tower In Your Home
Many people do not realize that they already have a mini cell tower emitting high levels of RF Radiation in their homes and offices right now. We call them WiFi routers. (If you have a 5G wireless router emitting the 60 GHz frequency, then you have a 5G mini cell tower in your home.)
Just like a cell tower, a WiFi router emits at full power 24 hours a day 7 days a week, or as long as you have it turned on. It’s range includes your entire home and beyond. It’s radiation is the exact same RF Radiation that a cell tower emits, or that your microwave oven uses to cook your food.
For example, my WiFi router is a Netgear 5 GHz router that emits both at the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies. A microwave oven uses 2.45 GHz frequency to cook food. The new 5G WiFi routers that are available now use the 60 GHz, 5 GHz and the 2.4 GHz frequencies. That is a lot of RF Radiation we are exposing our selves and our families to.
It is possible to protect yourself from the RF Radiation emitted by the mini cell tower in your home we call your WiFi router. By far the best way to protect yourself is to hard wire your home with Ethernet cables (preferably “low emf Ethernet cables”). Then you can turn off the WiFi completely so that your router does not emit any RF Radiation.
But if you have to have a WiFi router, here are two ways to protect against its radiation. The first is to use technology to neutralize the harmful effects of the radiation. And the second is to put your WiFi router in a box (called a router guard) to reduce the amount of RF Radiation it emits. Let’s talk briefly about these two methods and then we will talk more about 5G.
Neutralizing The Radiation
Believe it or not there is a scientific way to change the RF Radiation in your home to a more natural less harmful form. There is a company called Aulterra out of north Idaho (check them out here at: Aulterra.com) that has produced a way to do this that has a lot of amazing science behind it.
I go over all of the science in my article entitled “Aulterra EMF Neutralizer Products Review“, but I will go over a little of it here for you. Kim Dandurand developed this technology in 1996 when he was engaged in a major environmental cleanup project where this technology was used to neutralize chemical and radioactive waste from landfill sites. Here below is a video where I talk about all this briefly as well:
He then funded a bunch of studies to see if these same paramagnetic minerals would neutralize RF Radiation. What he learned was that they do 2 things. First they decrease the intensity of the radiation. And second they neutralize the effects of electromagnetic radiation rendering it harmless to human DNA.
Basically, the way I understand it, the paramagnetic minerals within the Aulterra products form a magnetic field that changes the man-made waves emitted by WiFi devices into a more natural form. This reduces the damage they cause by about 95%.
The products Aulterra produces reduce the intensity and the damaging affect of RF Radiation. The below is a video of a man getting a blood test done two different ways as a comparison. The first was done after him talking on his cellphone. And then the second test was done after him talking on the cellphone with the Aulterra Neutralizer on his cellphone.
WiFi Router Cover
In the picture to the above left you can see something called a Wifi Router Guard. By putting your WiFi router in one of these it will block between 90% and 95% of the RF Radiation they emit. And the amazing part is you will still be able to use the WiFi. In my case our WiFi does not seem slow anywhere in our 3 bedroom home.
In the below video I measure the amount of RF Radiation emitted by my 5 GHz Netgear WiFi router. Then I place it in a Wifi Router Guard and test it again so you can see how much RF Radiation it blocks. It is a short video but definitely worth watching.
If you don’t have the ability or resources to hard wire internet through your house, or if for some reason you must have WiFi, a WiFi Router Guard is a very effective solution. For more information on the WiFi Router Guard click this link Wifi Router Guard. Also for more information about other RF Radiation dangers inside your home, please see my article “The 7 Worst Radiation Dangers in Your Home”.
What Is 5G?
The “5G Hype” has been going on now for a few years. However 2019 and 2020 are the years that cellular carriers begin the process of rolling it all out. Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have all started installation of their networks, though widespread availability is still several years away. 5G is starting to get a foot-hold as 5G cell towers start to get installed in a dozen or so cities across the US.
5G is a technology that uses most of the microwave portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. In that range the radio waves are shorter in length, travel shorter distances, get obstructed much more easily, but can carry much more data. It is this more data part that has attracted the technology industry to 5G. More data means more capabilities.
Similar to how download speeds increased significantly when we switched from the 3G to 4G cellular networks. 5G promises to dramatically increase download speeds. Instead of taking hours to download a movie it can happen in just a minute or two. And this opens up the possibility of things like self driving cars, holograms and connecting every electronic device to the network.
5G Part Of Electromagnetic Spectrum
In the chart below you see what is called the “electromagnetic spectrum”. Both the “Radio waves” and “Microwaves” sections of the below chart are part of what is called the Radio Frequency (RF) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. So microwaves are just a higher frequency radio wave. And remember that within the RF Radiation part of the electromagnetic spectrum, the higher the frequency the more dangerous the waves are to living organisms. (This is not the case in the infrared and visible light portions of the spectrum.)
In the above image it shows that the “Radio waves” section of the spectrum is wider than the “Microwaves” section. This is actually not an accurate depiction. Radio waves go from around 3 KHz (0.000003 GHz) to about 1 GHz, while Microwaves go from around 1 GHz all the way up to 300 GHz.
The “Radio waves” part of the above chart include things like sonar and AM & FM radio. The Microwaves part of the chart includes US Military crowd control weapons, microwave ovens, airport scanners, and the 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G cellular networks. 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G uses between 1 GHz and 6 GHz, whereas 5G is expected to use from around 24 GHz all the way up to 300 GHz.
5G’s “Non- Ionizing” Radiation
When you read articles on the internet about 5G health risks it really depends who wrote the article as to what opinion they give. It is really kind of sad. The most common theme that you hear from any technology or government website is that since Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation is a “non ionizing” form of electromagnetic radiation, there is no way it could be harmful to us.
For example there is a current article on the website HowToGeek.com which is a prime example of what I am talking about. It would almost be funny, if it were not so sad. In this article its author states: “It’s easy to find claims online that the greater frequency of 5G alone constitutes a risk. RadiationHealthRisks.com observes that “1G, 2G, 3G and 4G use between 1 to 5 gigahertz frequency.
5G uses between 24 to 90 gigahertz frequency,” and then asserts that “Within the RF Radiation portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, the higher the frequency, the more dangerous it is to living organisms.” But asserting that the higher frequency is more dangerous is just that—an assertion, and there’s little real science to stand behind it. 5G remains non-ionizing in nature.” (As you can see in this statement they even quote us here at RadiationHealthRisks.com).
It is totally amazing to me how writers like this present themselves as experts. In the above quoted article they say “It sounds worrisome, but let’s take a look at the actual science” and then the author only uses one example of a scientific study, and skews what they actually found. In another quote from this article it reads “and there’s little real science to stand behind it”. They make this statement ignoring the hundreds and hundreds of very easy to find peer reviewed studies by unbiased scientists that show massive health problems resulting from “non-Ionizing” RF Radiation. They pretend to be the authority, but they are not giving correct information.
I list links to many of these studies on the scientific studies page of this website. I had a link to the scientific studies page of this website in the same article HowToGeek.com took their quote from. But they apparently did not bother to go there. They either have an agenda and are purposely trying to mislead, or they were just not very thorough in their research for their article. If you are interested in this subject I highly recommend you going to the scientific studies page of this website and research out this topic for yourself!
In an article called “The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t” from the New York Times website, they say “to no small degree, the blossoming anxiety over the professed health risks of 5G technology can be traced to a single scientist and a single chart.” In this article they claim that a chart from a Dr Curry is responsible for scaring people about 5G frequencies. They quote several “experts” who say that Curry’s chart was “wrong” without providing any evidence of the same.
And they even quote this article of mine you are reading right now as evidence of how Dr Curry’s “wrong” chart findings is spreading. The problem is I have never heard of Dr Curry nor seen his chart. There are literally hundreds of scientists from all over the world and many independent studies that discuss the harm of the 5G frequencies. Again I link to many of these on the scientific studies page of this website.
Again you will find that articles like these canada.ca, ec.europa.eu and cancer.org that will always claim 5G is safe. And people believe them because they are government and main stream medical charity sites (cancer.org is owned by the American Cancer Society). But it could be argued that governments, the technology industry, big pharma, and main stream medical charities have a bias or a dog in the fight. I will leave that for the reader to judge.
But every independently funded study that I have been able to find, always say 5G frequencies are very dangerous. It boils down to who you want to trust or believe. I trust those most likely to have no reason to have a bias, the independently funded scientists. And here is an article that makes this exact point. It is called “Health risks from radiofrequency radiation, including 5G, should be assessed by experts with no conflicts of interest“.
U.S. Military’s 5G “Active Denial System”
This link is an article about the US Military’s Microwave crowd control weapon called the “Active Denial System”. It disperses crowds by heating up their skins. It uses the 95 GHz 5G frequency to do this. This frequency is well below the 300 GHz frequency some 5G devices may use. And all of these RF Radiation frequencies are “non-ionizing”. The power level of this system is much higher, but it utilizes a frequency within the 5G range.
Cell Tower Radiation Measured
In the below video I am standing next to an office building that just had a huge cell tower built right next to it. From the office building I measure how much RF Radiation the cell tower is raining down upon the office building. I just cannot believe they build these things so close to people.
This particular cell tower is in a town that did not have 5G installed and functioning at the time of the above video recording. However cell towers like this in the future will emit 3G & 4G RF Radiation like I show in the video, as well as 5G frequencies. Plus as I mentioned earlier in this article they will have to install mini cell towers on light poles and buildings every 2 to 8 houses in order for the 5G signal to be reliable. The mini cell towers will also emit 4G and possibly some 3G signals as well, depending on the area and situation.
How Dangerous Is 5G Radiation?
5G Radiation is a high frequency form of Microwave radiation. A microwave oven cooks your food using the 2.45 GHz frequency. 5G frequencies are expected to range from about 24 GHz up to about 300 GHz. As mentioned earlier Kevin Mottus of the US Brain Tumor Association says that within the radio frequency portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, which includes the 5G microwave range, the higher the frequency, the more dangerous the radiation is to living organisms.
In the below video is an expert in Microwave radiation and its health effects named Dr. Barrie Trower. Dr. Trower spent his whole career studying and learning about the biological effects of Microwave radiation. He is a British Physicist and began his career working with this radiation in the British Royal Navy and in the British Secret Service. There he learned about how it could be used as a weapon and what health affects it had in those scenarios. Later he became a professor and spent his life teaching and studying Microwave radiation. Barrie gets into the meat of Microwave health effects starting at about the 6 minute mark in the video.
In the below video Dr. Barrie Trower is interviewed by a man named Sir Julian Rose. In this video Dr. Trower goes into great depth as to what makes 5G much more dangerous than previous cellular network generations. This video is a bit long but is full of great information and very much worth watching!
If you have not already, please watch the above two videos and share this article on your social media websites. It is important that we educate ourselves with actual facts and spread the word. Thank you in advance for doing both!
5G Letters From 250 Scientists and Doctors
Here is a link to an article on EhTrust.org entitled “Letters From Scientists On The Health Risk Of 5G” which includes links to letters from over 180 scientists and doctors from around the world calling for a halt to the roll out of 5G cellular networks. Based on the peer reviewed scientific studies they have been involved in both for 3G & 4G RF Radiation, as well as in recent years their 5G peer reviewed scientific studies, they are predicting catastrophic health risks resulting from 5G cell tower and wireless networks.
In this article they start with a short video by a 36 year old man who developed neck cancer as a result of twenty years of cell phone use. In this video the man is testifying to attempt to halt 5G cell deployment in California. I highly recommend you go that article and watch that video. But the most important thing to do is to read the many letters from the 180 scientists and doctors and hearing what they have to say.
Below is an article written by a friend of mine I entitled “Article Including Other Scientific Studies”. I include it here because it is from the perspective of someone who was both excited about 5G technology as well as beginning to do their own research into the dangers of RF Radiation. She quotes some pretty good studies in this article and has some good information in it.
Article Including Other Scientific Studies
“In Germany, researchers studied 1000 residents who lived in close proximity to two cell phone towers for about 10 years. According to the study, during the last five years of the observations, researchers discovered neighbors living within 400 meters of the cell towers were diagnosed with cancer at a rate that was three times higher than those who lived much further away.
Another frightening study in 1994, well before 3G, 4G and 5G, links significant health problems with people living in a London apartment building with a cell phone mast on the roof. In this study, the cancer rate of those living on the top floor of the apartment building- the closet to the tower, had a cancer rate of 10 times the average in England.
If that isn’t enough to convince you there is a significant link between cell phone towers and health problems consider a recent study in Italy. In March 2018, the researchers at the world-renowned Ramazzini Institute released the shocking results of a large-scale study of lab animals exposed to cell tower radiation over a lifetime.
“The Ramazzini study exposed 2448 Sprague-Dawley rats from prenatal life until their natural death to “environmental” cell tower radiation for 19 hours per day. RI exposures mimicked base station emissions like those from cell tower antennas, and exposure levels were far less than those used in the NTP studies of cell phone radiation.”- ehtrust.com
NTP refers to the National Toxicology Program study that recently linked cell phone radiation to heart cancer in male rats. The Ramazzini study is the first to complete a study of this scale, over a significant period of time. Together, the studies make a strong argument for more guidelines and standards to protect public health. Health experts from around the world are weighing in on the significance of the findings and urging the World Health Organization to act.
“This study raises concerns that simply living close to a cell tower will pose threats to human health. Governments need to take measures to reduce exposures from cell tower emissions. Cell towers should not be near schools, hospitals or people’s homes. Public health agencies need to educate the public on how to reduce exposure from all sources of wireless radiofrequency radiation- be it from cell towers or cell phones or Wi-Fi in schools,” said Dr. David Carpenter, former Dean of the School of Public Health and the University of Albany.
“This is particularly urgent because current plans to place small 5G cell towers about every 300 meters in every street across the country. These 5G “small cell’ antennas will result in continuous exposure to everyone living nearby and everyone walking down the street. The increased exposures will increase the risk of cancer and other diseases such as electro-hypersensitivity,” said Dr. Carpenter.
The risk is very real. As Dr. Carpenter indicated, public health is at risk with plans for more and more smaller towers to go up on every street corner around the world.
According to experts, doctors and researchers, radiation has the power to change our bodies on the cellular level. These changes, as supported in several studies, create a perfect environment for cancer and other ailments to take over inside our body.
Other studies link cell phone and cell tower radiation to memory loss, headaches, changes in vision and mood, sleep disorders and leukemia. The rollout of 5G and the infrastructure to support it will only increase our risk of suffering major health issues down the road. See also “Is 5G Safe or Dangerous? Here are the Facts.”
5G: What Do The Studies Say?
As companies prepare to make 5G a reality, may doctors and scientists believe the technology will be a “massive public health experiment.”
According to Dr. Joel Moskowitz, a public health professor at the University of California, the increase in mini-cell towers across towns and cities is only part of the concern. Dr. Moskowitz says the lower frequency millimeter waves used in 5G could cause major skin, eye, and nervous system problems.
“The deployment of 5G, or fifth generation cellular technology, constitutes a massive experiment on the health of all species… Because MMWs are weaker than microwaves, they are predominantly absorbed by the skin, meaning their distribution is quite focused there. Since skin contains capillaries and nerve endings, MMW bio-effects may be transmitted through molecular mechanisms by the skin or through the nervous system,” said Dr. Moskowitz.
Dr. Moskowitz also believes that MMV can make some pathogens resistant to antibiotics.
Dr. Moskowitz is not alone in his concern about 5G. Dr. Yael Stein from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University recently wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission outlining his major concerns about 5G, MMV and how it could impact human skin.
Dr. Stein argues the human skin has the ability to absorb more than 90% of microwave radiation and will cause major problems from head to toe- especially for the vulnerable such as kids, elderly and pregnant women.
MMVs are also believed to cause physical pain. A recent article in Eluxe Magazine takes a deeper look at the issue. According to the article, MMVs could cause pain receptors to flare up in the human body, and cause great damage to our eyes, cell growth and compromise our immune system.
In fact, the U.S. Government currently uses MMV energy as a non-lethal weapon. This weapon is direct and more intense than the MMVs from a 5G network, however, it’s similar and concerning. According to the U.S Department of Defense, the active denial system creates a focused MMV beam that is capable of penetrating the skin, which can create a burning or a stinging sensation.
Some experts even argue 5G will have a devastating impact on our environment as well. A 2010 linked aspen leaf damage to MMV exposure. Some researchers also found MMV’s can cause cell damage in wheat plants, impact wildlife and affect our atmosphere.
Only time will tell how the 5G network will impact our health and the environment. We know existing cell towers are dangerous and with plans to build thousands, if not millions more- it could become very interesting. It’s clear though, MMVs are not safe for the general public- especially considering we will be exposed everywhere we go, even at home.
Ways to Reduce Exposure to 5G
5G is expected to be ready to go by 2020 so you have plenty of time to prepare and make plans to reduce your exposure to MMVs and other cell towers. Because 5G towers will be everywhere it will be difficult to avoid all exposure, so you’ll have to take care of your immune system and make healthy choices.
Boosting your immune system with natural fruits and vegetables is a great way to keep your cells healthy and keep diseases at bay. In addition to making healthy food choices, you can take several precautions around your home.
Some experts believe the best way to keep cell tower radiation from penetrating your home is to create a highly conductive enclosure around your home. So, what does this mean? It means first measuring the levels of radiation with HF35C meter. This meter will give you various levels throughout your home and determine what areas you need to focus on first. Right now, there are various window coverings, paints that will keep radiation from penetrating your home.
Many doctors suggest keeping your distance from the cell towers in question. This could be very hard to do given these 5G towers will be on every corner on every building. Unless you never leave the house, I don’t see this as being a realistic expectation.
I’m hoping there will be an app or map listing all the cell phone towers in every neighborhood, in every city across the world. This would certainly make it easier to know where the new 5G towers are located and how to avoid them when necessary. This information would be helpful to those who are exceptionally vulnerable to cell tower radiation such as children, infants, elderly and pregnant women.
Reducing Radiation In Your Home
While you can’t control where the cell towers go, you can control how and when you use your own cell phone. By limiting your time on your phone and using radiation blocking cases and shielding headsets, you can greatly reduce your exposure to cell phone radiation. Every little bit helps. Please see also our article entitled “Why Are 5 GHz WiFi Routers More Dangerous?”
Also, if you have an office- make sure you turn off your Wi-Fi router when you’re not using it. And keep your cell phone out of your room at night. Various studies link cell phone radiation to disruptive sleep patterns. When you don’t sleep well, it can throw off your entire day. By leaving your cell phone out of your room at night, you’ll never have to count sheep again.
Take a closer look at your meter outside your house. Many power companies are switching to smart meters. These meters take the guesswork out of how much energy you are using. Smart meters wirelessly transmit data constantly throughout the day, giving the power companies real-time information about your energy consumption. Smart meters take the place of meter readers. Smart meters, however, transmit harmful levels of radiation. If you can, get a smart meter guard to protect you and your family from harmful radiation. You can purchase a smart meter guard for your router and cell phone for under $100.
By reducing your risk of radiation, you can improve your chances of staying healthy and living a long and joyful life.
If you have kids, pay attention to the Wi-Fi situation at school and in their classrooms. Some studies link ADD, ADHD, memory issues, and behavior problems with Wi-Fi routers and nearby cell towers. Cell phone towers are a big business for school districts. Many districts across the country are selling or renting land for cell phone towers. If this is happening in your neighborhood, speak up. It’s only going to become more prevalent with the rollout of 5G.
Why Are Companies Pushing 5G?
5G is the wave of the future. This advanced bandwidth will allow you to download movies in a matter of seconds and is expected to support at least a100 billion devices. That’s a whole lot of devices one bandwidth. In general, 5G will be up to 100 times faster than 4G. That’s fast!
5G stands for 5th generation cellular technology. This is the latest development in the cellular world. Major cell phone companies and other tech giants are making progress right now to be ready to launch 5G capable devices by 2020.
I won’t get over technical but in general, 5G will make technology faster, smarter and create a more connected world. According to Tech Radar, 5G will have an average download speed of about 1GBps (1 gigabyte per second).
With faster connectivity, this network will be capable of supporting the Internet of Things, your personal devices and various networks without any delay. Plus, with 5G the connections will be more reliable as well. No more dropped calls or delays when trying to browse the internet.
“It’s all about making better use of the radio spectrum and enabling far more devices to access the mobile internet at the same time”-BBC.
5G is being touted as the golden ticket to cellular connectivity. More speed, less waiting and more people and things connected than ever before. However, as I mentioned earlier, advances in technology will no doubt have an impact on our health- impacts we may not even realize are happening until it’s too late.
How Will 5G Work?
5G is the super highway for speed, information, and connections. To create this incredible speed and reliability, 5G uses the millimeter wave. This millimeter wave operates between 30GHZ and 300 GHz. According to the BBC, “The higher-frequency bands have a lot of capacity but their shorter wavelengths mean their range is lower.” This means the 5G signal is easily blocked by buildings, cars, planes, plants and other objects.
Because the signal will face so many obstacles, an entire web of small-mini cell towers will need to go up in every city, on every block in every neighborhood around the world. No word yet on exactly how many towers or small masts will need to be installed to support this network. It could easily add up to billions of towers.
A recent article in the UK estimated at least 400,000 extra phone masts would be needed to bring rural Britain to be 5G compatible. That’s just the rural part of Britain. It’s estimated there could be thousands of extra small masts in every single city around the world.
According to experts, the 5G masts will be about four feet tall- not nearly the same height as needed with 4G and 3G networks. These towers will be around every corner and will make communicating with your house, car, and family a breeze. However, being that connected- with so many signals around may cause major health problems. I’ll address this later on in this article.
So, who decides where these towers will go? That’s a great question and one local government across the country and world are addressing right now. However, internet and cell phone providers have lobbyists working with state lawmakers to restrict how much say local government has as to where and when the 5G network cell towers will be placed. As I write this article, 13 states have laws on the books to limit local governments from having a say in the 5G process.
The Difference Between 3G, 4G, and 5G
To understand why 5G cell towers are more dangerous than other cell towers, we need to take a closer look at how each network operates. As I mentioned earlier, 5G is the 5th generation of cellular technology and needs shorter waves to function at a high speed. Shorter waves mean there’s a greater need for more cell towers because these specific waves have lots of obstacles.
Let’s start with 3G. 3G stands for the 3rd generation of cellular technology. This advancement in technology was unveiled in 2003. 3G operates using cellular technology, as in the signals are passed from tower to tower. Then onto the next cell phone tower and so on. This continues until you answer your phone, find your answer on Google and finish watching YouTube.
Cell phone companies strategically place the cell towers in various locations and different heights to give you the best signal possible. 3G was mostly used to make phone calls, texting, and limited internet use.
With 3G the signal can travel farther- however, there has to be another tower around to pick up the signal and you’re moving. If there isn’t another tower then you experience a temporary interruption in service. With 3G you need fewer towers than 5G to operate. Fewer towers mean less exposure to potentially harmful cell tower radiation.
3G is also referred to as mobile broadband. This term became a catchy way to sell phones and tablets in the mid-2000s. Mobile broadband basically means there are enough cell towers to keep your signal connected while you’re moving around town or traveling around the world!
The data speeds for 3G are much slower than 4G and certainly much slower than 5G.
Let’s take a closer look at 4G. 4G is what most of us are using today. It’s the reason you can Facetime with your best friend in Europe or download an entire movie on your tablet. Some tech experts describe 4G as removing speed bumps in the cellular signal, “allowing traffic to move much faster.”
4G uses cell towers, just like with 3G- however, the speed at which data and information can travel is much different. 4G uses more bandwidth than 3G, which means towers need to be more powerful. The more powerful the cell phone towers, the more potential for radiation to be emitted into our environment.
Even though 4G is more powerful than the 3G network- it’s not nearly as powerful as 5G. 5G is the super horse, a new wave of technology designed to connect everything via the internet. It’s a game changer. This big shift could mean big health consequences as well.
Future of 5G
The future is here and companies are building the infrastructure needed to create a full world-wide rollout of 5G by 2020. AT&T is leading the way in this major effort to make cities 5G compatible. In July, the tech giant announced plans to have the 5G infrastructure in place and ready to go in 12 cities by the end of this year. Verizon and T-Mobile are also planning limited rollouts of 5G in the next year or so.
There is still a lot of work to be done on the 5G front. In May, Verizon announced Los Angeles will be one of the first cities in America to make the move to 5G. This is not a small feat by any means. According to an article in Tech Crunch, Lowell McAdam, Chief Executive for Verizon, said the company purchased 36 million miles of fiber so they can support the hundreds of megahertz of bandwidth needed to deliver “the whole suite of 5G.” McAdam said Verizon has added 1,000 extra cell sites in LA to make the 5G experience possible.
Verizon also has plans to bring Boston and other major cities into the 5G era as soon as possible. AT&T announced it’s working on 5G capabilities in Atlanta, Dallas, and Waco, TX. Sprint says its bringing 5G to NYC, Phoenix and Kansas City.
Right now, AT&T is running 5G trials in Waco, TX, and Dallas. South Korea unveiled its 5G system during the Winter Olympics this year.
South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, Japan, and China are also working hard to create a seamless transition to 5G. Some industry insiders are calling the 5G networks a technological revolution. The information, data, and insights made possible by 5G will change how people interact with each other and how businesses operate. According to one article I recently read, 5G has the power to increase revenue across a variety of industries- to the tune of $12 trillion dollars. Yes, trillion dollars.
“Unlike its predecessors though, 5G is a technological paradigm shift, akin to the shift from typewriter to computer. And it isn’t just a network. 5G will become the underlying fabric of an entire ecosystem of fully connected intelligent sensors and devices, capable of overhauling economic and business policies, and further blurring geographical and cultural borders. It will be capable of delivering at every rung of the ecosystem’s ladder and will provide seamless, continuous connectivity for business applications,” Technology Review.
“All industries will feel the effects of the shift to 5G. In particular, automotive, health care, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are expected to bring about dramatic transformations in our daily lives.”- Technology Review.
Most companies in the United States hope to have the 5G infrastructure in place by 2020. Each country has its own timeline on a 5G rollout.
Will I need a new Phone/Tablet?
Yes, you will most likely need to buy a new phone to take advantage of the speed and reliability promised by 5G. However, if you like your phone and don’t want to spend the extra money, your current 4G phone will continue to work just fine- for now.
As I mentioned earlier, 5G offers more bandwidth- which means it can support more data. This network is also more reliable. Some cell phone and tech companies are already offering 5G compatible phones and tablets that make the most out of the new technology.
Your phone is only part of the 5G equation. You may have to pay more for 5G service. It’s unclear what the new plans will cost, but it’s likely all the major carriers will be competitive to keep customers from jumping ship. In general, you get what you pay for. Better service will mean you will have to pay at least more than your currently used to. Time to start your 5G fund!
5G and You
There’s no doubt 5G will change our physical and virtual landscape. However, it’s clear this technology comes with major health concerns too. The wave of the future may also mean a wave of new cancers, illnesses, and disabilities.
More research and studies need to be completed before the entire 5G rollout is complete. The potential health consequences associated with the 5G infrastructure is too great to ignore. If you can, stay in contact with your government and advocate for local control over where 5G mini cell towers are located. We must approach this new technology with respect and caution.”
For more information on the dangers of cell phone tower radiation check out my blog, Is Cell Phone Tower Radiation Harmful?