Although I had met with all of the presenters before the 5G Forum on Related Health, Privacy, Preemption and Blight Issues and had a good idea what each of them planned to say, I was blown away by the extensive information that these experts shared.
On my YouTube Channel and below, you can watch the presentations.
- Dr. Russell Witte, Professor of Medical Imaging (primary), Biomedical Engineering, Optical Sciences, and Neurosurgery at the University of Arizona, addressed radiation, microwaves and health concerns related to 4-5G.
- Elizabeth Kelley, Executive Director: Electromagnetic Safety Alliance, Inc. gave basic background on 4-5G and talked about policy in other states.
- Domingo DeGrazia, LD10 representative in the Arizona House and a Certified Information Privacy Profession/US Private Sector, addressed privacy issues and steps that can be taken to protect us from corporations or governments collecting our private data through the “Internet of Things” and using it and/or selling it. Midtown resident
- Lois Pawlak initially called me about her concerns over the proliferation of 4-5G towers in Midtown Tucson. She talked about neighborhood concerns because of the preemption that was built into HB2365. The map at the top is a Midtown screen shot from the tower placement maps on the City of Tucson’s website here.
- The question and answer video includes cameo appearances by Ward 6 City Councilman Steve Kozachik and Valeri Marsh, who is affiliated with Scientists for Wired Tech.
My introductory video sets the stage for the 5G Forum, beginning with passage of HB2365 in 2017. I was the only person in the Legislature who voted “no” on final read. The bill was extremely complex, the process was rushed, and no one could answer my questions about the cost or the technology. I voted “no” because I didn’t think we knew what we were voting on. (More details here.) I was apparently right.
5G emits significantly more microwave radiation than 4G. Witte’s presentation is sobering. 5G represents a tremendous amount of exposure to humans and nature. We don’t know the public health price of this because it’s never been done on this scale. Previous studies cited in Witte’s presentations are alarming if projected globally, in my opinion. We need more research on this. Also, 5G — with towers every 300 feet(!) — requires a ridiculous number of towers worldwide to surround us with a web of data and information.
The bottomline is: do we really need the Internet of Things? Yes, it’s been hyped to us for years, but with no real discussion of the health and privacy implications. Do you want electric utilities to tack your usage with tracking devices? Do you need a wi-fi enabled robot vacuum or refrigerator? We have seen this movie before, when we bailed on our beloved Blackberries and went to smarter phones with better cameras and video (2/3G to 4G transition). Eventually we won’t be able to buy appliances without “smart” tracking features, and eventually, you’ll have to upgrade your smart phone to handle all of the apps.
As DeGrazia points out in part 4, corporations and governments — foreign and domestic — will be collecting, analyzing, and selling our personal data that has been collected through our devices that are connected to the Internet of Things. Witte (in the Q&A video) paints a scary of “social profiling” through smart phones and apps in China. Do we really want this? I don’t want that level of surveillance, and I don’t want a bunch of appliance apps clogging up my smart phones. Who needs a wi-fi enabled robot vacuum or refrigerator? Do we really need 5G? Is it worth the risk to our health and the health of the planet?
I have serious concerns about the health and privacy effects of 5G. Check out the videos. I learned a lot. These conversations will continue. I have been ranking Democrat on the Regulatory Affairs Committee for two years and a member of the Health and Human Services Committee for four years. The issues surrounding 4-5G implementation cross both of those committees.
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City map showing current and reserved spaces for poles
To watch videos from LD9 Town Halls and other events, check out my playlist here.