Divide and conquer. Why not vote for policies and get rid of parties?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect Americans by regulating the telecom industry. Ha! Despite expert warnings AND increasing opposition, they want to speed up 5G deployment during pandemic. One commissioner has even dismissed opponents as “Tin Foil Hat people.” Funny – these “Tin foil hat” people now include more elected officials and two FCC commissioners.
From Fierce Wireless:
Lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum are citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason to support or delay a vote on an FCC order that would make it easier to deploy 5G equipment on existing communications infrastructure.
A group of Republicans on Monday sent a letter (PDF) to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai saying the 5G Upgrade Order will allow companies to improve services in communities now, when they need it the most.
The next day, 24 Democratic members of the Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to Chairman Pai pointing to the ongoing challenges that local governments face during the pandemic and urged him to delay the vote, saying the ruling would grant companies the right to expand existing cell sites without regard to local processes.
The FCC has said it will consider at its June 9 meeting a Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would clarify, and seek comment on changes to, the FCC’s rules implementing a section of the Spectrum Act of 2012 in order to accelerate the deployment of communications infrastructure by facilitating the upgrade of existing sites for 5G networks.
More than a dozen counties and cities, including Los Angeles, Boston and Portland, Oregon, submitted a filing (PDF) on Tuesday saying the commission should not adopt the draft order as released.
Exposure to 5G (see 1, 2) and other sources of wireless radiation (see 1, 2) can reduce immunity and cause other health issues including increased cancer risk AND since 2018, there have been reports of people and animals becoming sick after it was turned on (see 1. 2, 3, 4). So why would an agency fight to speed up deployment during a pandemic (see 1, 2. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)? Lawsuits have already been filed against the FCC for NOT protecting the public from unsafe levels of radiation (see 1, 2) as well as 5G.
As referenced in the Fierce Wireless article – 5G opposition isn’t likely to go away regardless of tactics used by members of “The Swamp” that Trump promised to drain. ….