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As the main development direction of ICT in the future, 5G has risen to a strategic height by major countries in the world. Smart street lights will play an important role.

Under the common promotion of the global industrial chain, 5G commercial time points are constantly being advanced. All major manufacturers and operators in the industry chain are racing.

At present, in 2018 there had begun to carry out 5G experimental network in major cities one after another, while smart street lights commercial trials will commence on a large scale in 2019 and will begin commercial deployment in 2020.


The rapid commercialization of 5G, the most direct impact is to promote the construction of macro base stations and micro base stations, and both have a significant correlation with the poles.

A new generation of information and communication technologies is putting smart street lights in the overall plan. The most prominent feature of 5G deployment is that the base station is closer and the street lamp will undoubtedly become a very good choice for base station deployment.

As street lights follow the city’s road, street distribution characteristics, such as blood vessels and nerves covering the body of the city, and have  “net, site, rod” Trinity features, is the main carrier of the smart city, so the wisdom of street lamps will be the first site of intelligent urban renewal and the main threshold for the city to move toward the process of intelligence.

In the future, smart city construction and smart street lights will take off together with cloud construction, communications infrastructure construction and macro base station construction.

Today, some smart street lights have been integrated with systems such as LED lighting, smart security equipment, micro base stations, WiFi, cameras, wind monitors, temp/humidity monitors, rain monitors,PM2.5 monitors, Noise monitors, LED traffic panels, charging piles and more, bins, pit covers monitoring and more IOT integration testing equipment integrated with flow statistics, environmental monitoring, fast charging, information release, emergency linkage alarm service points, solar charging and other functions, and even shared parking, square dance nuisance, construction site noise and dust problems provide Effective solution. Smart street lights have been given a variety of functions.

However, an ordinary WiFi router can only support 20 devices connected at the same time. The power consumption is huge, the signal becomes unstable at a little distance, the transmission speed and information are limited, and the wireless network requirement of a smart street light cannot be carried.

However, with the country repeatedly confirmed that 5G commercialization will be realized in 2020, these problems of smart street lights will be solved in the 5G era.

Now, 5G has not just stayed in the concept, many technical programs have gradually landed, NB-IoT (narrowband cellular Internet of Things) is undoubtedly one of the hot.

It can be said, NB’s NB-IoT technology gives the street light is a complete brain intelligence, which is like to open a direct link to change the lighting level of intelligence. so that the above functions can be truly realized.


With the development of science and technology, infrastructure projects that used to be unprofitable in the past are expected to benefit in the future. Smart street lights are a typical example.

As the infrastructure construction, the traditional street light is often difficult to generate revenue, but 4G, 5G technology matures, the smart street lights poles can be installed on the signal device, and then generate revenue, this part of the proceeds can cover part of the output.

It can be said that the smart street lights are expected to become a smart city big data collection platform, as well as a new municipal management and service platform, with great value to create space, and even can form a new industry, we can temporarily call it the smart poles economy.

“The construction of a smart street light system gives the traditional light poles the attributes of comprehensive utilization and operation.” Unlike most single streetlight projects adopting a single EMC mode, the business model of smart streetlights is peculiar as most of the extended applications involve a wide range of applications At present, the government and enterprises are actively exploring. Another expert analysis, smart street lights can be derived from the following several major operating modes  as below table.

In short, it is “EMC + PPP mode.”

“The particularity of the smart street lamp has also transformed the company from the original bidder of a single project to the role of general contractor.” According to the insiders.

Therefore, cross-border cooperation has become more and more important. Government departments will also have higher and higher requirements for the software technology strength and the core functions provided in smart city projects.

It can be inferred that enterprises which possess such core capabilities as big data and microelectronic chips, and resources and data such as electronic system integrators and smart street lights manufacturers, will be rapidly landing in 5G, PPP and smart cities Rapid growth in the next few years.

Smart Pole Lighting and intelligent control EMC Saving electricity and maintenance
Video Monitoring Camera Capture PPP Purchase of services from Gov
Micro Base Station Wifi coverage Carrier operator Business Operation
Meteorological & Air quality Monitor Temp/humidity/PM2.5/
PPP Purchase of services from Gov
Charging Pile Electric vehicle charging PPP Business Operation
Information Distribution System Advertising / public information PPP Government subsidies / commercials
Voice Help System Civilian Service PPP Government subsidies / commercials


5G is live in 3 countries, but we still need answers on health risks

Image Credit: Swisscom

Only days after Swisscom announced its first 5G phones, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Communications gave the carrier permission to start offering commercial 5G services, enabling it to officially launch the country’s first 5G network this week. Right now, the network is live across all of Switzerland’s major cities and tourist areas, making it the third country with standards-compliant commercial 5G service, though 5G devices won’t hit Swisscom stores until next month.

While the network launch is a significant accomplishment, some European outlets have framed the news in a broader context, noting that it came a week after Vaud — one of 26 Swiss cantons, or mini-states — paused further 5G transmitter permitting across its cities based on health concerns. Similar concerns subsequently led Switzerland’s federal government to pledge that it will start measuring 5G-related radiation, assess its risks, and keep the public informed on its findings.

Does this scenario strike you as somewhat out of order? Shouldn’t the government have waited on approving 5G networks until it was certain they pose little or no health risk to the public?

It’s time for the “good news, bad news” game. The good news is that most scientists and engineers agree that the “non-ionizing radiation” put out by cellular devices won’t harm living tissue. Beyond lab test results, they point to decades of widespread radio, television, radar, satellite, and other wireless broadcasts that (seemingly) haven’t biologically hurt anyone.

The bad news is that no one is 100% certain that even basic wireless signals are completely innocuous — assuming they’re at close proximity to your body for extended periods of time. In fact, regulatory agencies across the globe typically limit and require disclosure of wireless emissions, though the limits vary between countries, devices, and other factors.

In the absence of certainty as to safety or danger, people tend to panic. According to this week’s reports, a majority of Swiss citizens reportedly fear potential harm from cellular radiation. The World Health Organization has flip-flopped on the topic, and some people have sued companies over brain tumors allegedly caused by cellular phones. Most recently, grassroots activists have claimed that 5G phones and networks will mutate or microwave people, concepts industry observers dismiss as tinfoil hat-worthy.

Without being so dismissive, it’s worth noting that people can be poisoned by excessive quantities of clean water, so determining whether 5G signals are “dangerous” isn’t necessarily black and white. But it’s increasingly obvious that carriers, chipmakers, and governments need to get ahead of the topic — or as ahead as they can be, since the first 5G networks are already in the wild.

There are three primary 5G transmission variants, which can be roughly divided into low-, mid-, and high-frequency spectra. The low-frequency (600/700MHz) and most mid-frequency spectrum (5GHz or lower) have been used in consumer communications networks for decades, so 5G networks built with them are likely as safe as 4G networks — assuming they don’t materially densify.

However, most of the concern is over densification of those otherwise “likely safe” low- to mid-frequency signals, and the addition of “unknown” high-frequency millimeter wave (24-47GHz) signals to the mix. Skeptics believe that multiplying the number of safe signals to accommodate millions of internet of things devices and cars could do anything from disrupting human sleeping patterns to killing wildlife. They similarly suggest that introducing millimeter wave signals across the world might sterilize or literally cook people.

In short, the concern is that wireless towers will turn the planet into something like a giant microwave oven, making emissions all but inescapable. As crazy as some of these suggestions might sound, cellular phones do indeed transmit on microwave frequencies, and even leading government agencies in major countries have hesitated to say conclusively that they can’t cause harm.

In the United States, the FCC says that “currently no scientific evidence establishes a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses,” yet “provides information on some simple steps that you can take to reduce your exposure to RF energy from cell phones” — even though it “does not endorse the need for these practices.”

Thus far, there hasn’t been a critical mass of opposition capable of stopping the growth of 5G networks, and responses around the world parallel the Vaud-Switzerland example, with scattered resistance in one or two cities per state, or one or two states per country. But it’s clear that these objections are going to continue to come up across territories, particularly over higher-density millimeter wave small cells, and may well wind up impeding growth in entire regions of the world. The EU’s parliamentary capital, Brussels, already had problems with limits on 4G radiation levels, and it is seemingly creating issues for 5G as well.

Though I personally am not taking a side here, it’s clear that the time is right for cellular carriers, chipmakers, and governments to provide a better answer to the “is 5G safe?” question than “we’re not sure” or “already asked and answered.” I’m no fan of needlessly drawn out environmental impact studies or moratoriums on development, but if health or lives are at stake, there should be assurances that the networks that blanket our neighborhoods and the devices we let our kids carry are safe.

Assuming 5G carriers and companies have done their due diligence and the evidence is as clear as scientists and engineers have claimed, providing a solid, comprehensively reassuring answer shouldn’t be difficult. And it would conclude this debate for a long time — enough to enable widespread adoption of a new technology that has great potential to change the world for the better, rather than risking harm to people across the globe.

Top Facts On 5G: What You Need To Know About 5G Wireless And “Small” Cells

Top Facts About 5G And Your Health 

What You Need To Know About 5G Wireless And “Small” Cells


Download a PDF of this information on a two page  EHT Factsheet on 5G and Health. The factsheet is hyperlinked (blue text) to research and sources. It is a great resource for policymakers. Read the research on 5G and health here.

What is the alternative? A safe wired solution is the future. Read “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks”. 

Read also two publications in the  Santa Clara Medical Association Magazine, “Wireless Silent Spring” and  “A 5G Wireless Future: Will it give us a Smart Future of Contribute to an Unhealthy One?” 

Briefing by Dr. Martin Pall:  “5G: Great risk for EU, U.S. and International Health! Compelling Evidence for Eight Distinct Types of Great Harm Caused by Electromagnetic Field(EMF) Exposures and the Mechanism that Causes Them”

Nationwide, communities are being told by wireless companies that it is necessary to build “small cell” wireless facilities in neighborhoods on street lights and utility poles in order to offer 5G, a new technology that will connect the Internet of Things (IoT). At the local, state, and federal level, new legislation and new zoning aim to streamline the installation of these 5G “small cell” antennas in public rights-of-way.

Internationally, municipalities are calling to halt 5G. In Switzerland, the cantons of Geneva, Vaud, and Neuchatel have blocked the deployment  until safety is proven. (Read the full list here.)

Recent news coverage on the health effects of 5G:

1. 5G “small” cell antennas are to be placed in neighborhoods everywhere. 

  • Street lights
  • Trashcans
  • Utility poles
  • Bus stops
  • Sides of buildings

2. The radiation from small cells is not small.

Wireless antennas emit microwaves — non-ionizing radiofrequency radiation — and essentially function as cell towers. Each installation can have over a thousand antennas that are transmitting simultaneously. Examples of how small cells are not small include:  

  • They increase electromagnetic radiation near homes.
  • They have refrigerator-sized (and larger) equipment cabinets.
  • Property values drop after a cell tower is built near homes.
  • Taller and wider poles are needed for the antennas.
  • Fixtures weigh hundreds of pounds.

Read the published research on 5G and health here.

NO. Small cell installations are not the size of pizza boxes.
Each so called “small” cell installation has antennas on the top and electronics cabinets  at the bottom. The electronics are housed in metal boxes – called “street furniture” by industry to make it sound warm and cozy. These cabinets  can be larger than a refrigerator, so large people could fit into them. In addition, there will be various radio units, a smart meter, and potentially unseemly wires.
These large ugly installations are being built on cities nationwide.  Yet at the same time industry is stating contradictory things. They say the installations are small as in the video below by Samsung engineer. In this video he shares the almost pizza box sized 5G equipment cabinet. So the question is: Why are ugly 20 cubic feet installations being installed in people’s front yards when one only needs this tiny box?
If the installations are so small then why aren’e communities getting the small boxes?
Most neighborhood light poles are not strong enough to hold the 5G equipment so they will be replaced by much taller wider poles with antennas and 6 ft buzzing boxes. This is called “hardening” the poles but basically it means the poles will be much wider and thicker metal.  In Montgomery County as an example, neighborhood, the slim 14 ft light poles will be replaced with hefty 24 ft towers with 300 pound antennas and 6 ft buzzing boxes.

3. Millions of small cells are to be built in front yards in the name of 5G.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimates and is supporting that millions of these wireless transmitters will be built in our rights-of-way, directly in front of our homes.

4. 5G will add an extra layer  — not replace — our current wireless technology.

5G will utilize current 3G and 4G wireless frequencies already in use and also add even more radiation. Higher frequency — submillimeter and millimeter waves — will be used in 5G in order to transmit data at superfast speeds.

5. Community authority is being overruled at every level.

Communities are being stripped of their right to make decisions about this new technology. ”Streamlining” means almost automatic approval. Public notice and public hearings are being eliminated. Even if every homeowner on the block opposes the antennas on their street, the opposition will be disregarded with new regulations moving forward at the federal and state level.

Mayors, city officials and public officials are joining to call to halt the federal move to “streamline” the small cells rollout.

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly opposes recent proposals by the Federal Communications Commission to grant communications service providers subsidized access to local public property and to dictate how local governments manage their own local rights-of-ways and public property.  This unprecedented federal intrusion into local (and state) government property rights will have substantial adverse impacts on cities and their taxpayers, including reduced funding for essential local government services, as well as an increased risk of right-of-way and other public safety hazards.”

-Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on FCC’s Order Proposing to Usurp Local Property Rights  Sept. 10th, 2018 | United States Conference of Mayors

6. Cell phone companies have confirmed that 5G “small” cell towers do not need to be placed every hundred feet (despite industry statements that densely placed small cells are needed in close vicinity to homes).

Verizon’s CEO, Lowell McAdam stated on camera that 4G and 5G antennas will work from 3,000 feet away on Macro Towers. This statement proves that Verizon DOES NOT need to place 5G small cells in residential areas every 500 to 1,000 feet.

“When [Verizon] went out in these 11 [5G test] markets, we tested for well over a year, so we could see every part of foliage and every storm that went through. We have now busted the myth that [5G frequencies] have to be line-of-sight — they do not. We busted the myth that foliage will shut [5G] down . . . that does not happen. And the 200 feet from a home? We are now designing the network for over 2,000 feet from transmitter to receiver, which has a huge impact on our capital need going forward. Those myths have disappeared.”

stated Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon

“[Verizon 5G] is really high frequency [28,000 MHz and 39,000 MHz], so everybody thinks it doesn’t go very far, but it’s a really big pipe and so that’s what allows you to gain the super fast speeds . . We’re 3,000 feet away from our radio node. the cool thing about this is that we did not move the radio node. . . here even 3,000 feet away, we’re still getting 1,000 [Megabits per second] speeds . . . So now we’ve driven about 1/3 of a mile away [1,760 feet] from the radio node. we are still getting very good speeds even though we have foliage in between [800 Megabits per second].”  stated Jason L., Verizon Field Engineer

7. Scientists worldwide are calling for a halt to the 5G Roll-out.

The European  Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks  (SCHEER ) issued a statement identifying 14 emerging issues to bring to the attention of the Commission services including 5G, E-cigarette and chronic diseases,  They prioritized 5G impact as “high.”
  • The SCHEER  statement Potential effects on wildlife of increases in electromagnetic radiation  states, “On the horizon, a new generation of even shorter high frequency 5G wavelengths is being proposed to power the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT promises us convenient and easy lifestyles with a massive 5G interconnected telecommunications network. However, the expansion of broadband with shorter wavelength radiofrequency radiation highlights the concern that health and safety issues remain unknown. Controversy continues with regard to harm from current 2G, 3G and 4G wireless technologies. 5G technologies are far less studied for human or environmental effects” (Russell, 2018).” and concludes, “5G networks will soon be rolled out for mobile phone and smart device users. How exposure to electromagnetic fields could affect humans remains a controversial area, and studies have not yielded clear evidence of the impact on mammals, birds or insects. The lack of clear evidence to inform the development of exposure guidelines to 5G technology leaves open the possibility of unintended biological consequences.”

Scientists from all over the world have issued a 2017 declaration called the 5G Appeal calling for a moratorium on the increase of 5G cell antennas citing human health effects and impacts to wildlife. This follows the EMF Scientists Appeal in 2015 calling for immediate action by the United Nations- now signed by over 240 scientists in 42 nations.

“We recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry…RF-EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment.”

— The  5G Scientific Appeal (An Appeal signed by more than 250 scientists and doctors from 35 countries)

8. Cumulative daily radiation exposure is associated with serious health effects.

“Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being.” – EMF Scientific Appeal

The public is unaware that peer reviewed, published science indicates that exposures to wireless radiation can cause cancer,  alter brain development and damage sperm. Cell tower radiation is also associated with headaches, hormone changes, memory problems and sleep problems.

A review paper published in Environmental Research concludes that the current scientific evidence supports the conclusion that mobile phone and wireless radiofrequency radiation (RFR) is cancer-causing.

Most people are also unaware that wireless technology was never tested for long-term safety decades ago when the technology was first introduced. Children are more vulnerable to this radiation and that the accumulated scientific evidence shows harmful effects.

“There is a substantial body of evidence that this technology is harmful to humans and the environment. The 5G millimeter wave is known to heat the eyes, skin and testes… Of particular concern are the most vulnerable among us — the unborn, children, the infirm, the elderly and the disabled. It is also expected that populations of bees and birds will drastically decline.”

Letter from oncologist Lennart Hardell MD & Colleagues

“A growing body of scientific literature documents evidence of nonthermal cellular damage from non-ionizing wireless radiation used in telecommunications. This RF EMR has been shown to cause an array of adverse effects on DNA integrity, cellular membranes, gene expression, protein synthesis, neuronal function, the blood brain barrier, melatonin production, sperm damage and immune dysfunction”. –Dr. Cindy Russell 2018 paper entitled “5 G wireless telecommunications expansion: Public health and environmental implications.” 

According to a 2018 report submitted to the World Health Organization by Russia’s radiation authority, the Russian National Committee on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection, “Prospects for the health safety of 5G mobile systems were discussed at the meetings of RussCNIRP and the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences on radiobiology and according to the majority of scientists, the mass use of mm-waves creates a real danger to health, since their action has a resonant mechanism and acts directly on the receptors in the skin”

Read more published research studies.

9. Scientists state that wireless radiation is a human carcinogen. Governments have no proof of safety and the peer reviewed published literature has substantial evidence of harm. 

US Congresspeople have written to the FCC asking for proof  of safety and received inadequate responses from the FCC. See letters from Congress to the FCC on 5G here. 

Several researchers have published their opinion in multiple papers that cellular radiation- radiofrequency radiation (the type that cell towers emit)  is a human carcinogen based on the current body of science. In 2018, the US National Toxicology Program study peer review scientists concluded “clear evidence of cancer” from cellular radiation exposure in the largest US animal study ever done on the issue. Examples of this published research includes:

10. Antennas near homes decrease property values.

Studies show property values drop up to 20% on homes near cell towers. Would you buy a home with a mini cell tower in the yard?

Read research studies that show decreased property value from cell towers near homes.

11. Experts state that 5G Small Cell wireless streaming bills do not make financial sense.  

The California Department of Finance rejected California’s 5G small cell wireless  infrastructure bill S. 649 stating that, “Finance opposes this bill… this bill goes too far by usurping city and county zoning authority for infrastructure development, and it potentially imposes reimbursable, state-mandated costs on cities and counties.”

12. Microwave antennas in front yards present several worker and public safety issues.

Unions have already filed comments that workers were injured, unaware they were working near transmitting antennas. How will HVAC workers, window washers, and tree cutters be protected? The heavy large equipment cabinets mounted on poles along our sidewalks also present new hazards. Cars run into utility poles, often, what then? US Department of Labor letters and reports of cell tower health and safety issues.

13. Fiber is the solution and the safe alternative.

Worldwide, many regions are investing in wired fiber optic connections which are are safer, faster, more reliable, provide greater capacity, and are more cyber-secure. Read “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks,” by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy

14. Wireless Companies warn investors of risks but neglect to inform consumers and neighbors living near towers.

Crown Castle (a company building small cell infrastructure throughout the USA) has a statement in their 2016 10-K Annual Report that says: “If radio frequency emissions from wireless handsets or equipment on our wireless infrastructure are demonstrated to cause negative health effects, potential future claims could adversely affect our operations, costs or revenues… We currently do not maintain any significant insurance with respect to these matters.”

Read similar warnings from Crown Castle, Verizon and other wireless companies in their Annual Reports.

15. Antennas near our homes will affect our sleep.

Wireless radiation alters sleep patterns in replicated research in both animals and humans. For example, an animal study found an hour of exposure to RFR caused a one-hour delay for rats to drift into REM or deep sleep. Human studies have found exposure reduces REM sleep, alters the EEG signal and results in altered performance.

16. Cellular Radiation Negatively Impacts Birds and Bees

Published research finds the frequencies impact wildlife. For example studies have found that the radiation alter bird navigation and disturb honeybee colonies. Research also shows impacts on trees and plant.  Research on EMF and Bees. Research on Wildlife Research on Trees

17. US Cities and Entire Countries are voting to halt 5G

Cities in California such as Petaluma, Mill Valley, Monterey, Hillsborough, Ross, San Anselmo and Sebastopol and Doylestown in Pennsylvania have voted and passed policies to halt 5G and restrict the wireless rollout into neighborhoods.  Petaluma City Council voted to prohibited small cell installation on city-owned light poles and other city-owned street furniture and established a 500-foot setback from a small cell to any residence. In Mill Valley, schools are zoned  as a  Community Facility (which captures under the residential code) which prohibits cell towers. Thus schools are protected from 5G antennas in this City. After the Mayor said the 5G small cells would be an “aesthetic disaster” Palm Beach and other coastal communities got entirely carved out of legislation streamlining the 5G antennas.

Click here to go to EHTs webpage that lists more protective ordinances in cities. This page is important to share with policymakers.

Watch testimony against small cells cells across the USA here.

Many countries such as China, India, Poland, Russia, Italy and Switzerland have far more protective and stricter radiation limits than do we in the United States. According to industry reports, these countries more protective radiation limits will not allow the full deployment of 5G because the increased 5G radiation would exceed these governments allowable levels of radiation. The Report “The impact of RF-EMF exposure limits stricter than the ICNIRP or IEEE guidelines on 4G and 5G mobile network deployment” reviews how 5G deployment is “constrained” by these countries limits. In addition, more protective exposure limits also are problematic for the full rollout of 4G LTE as detailed in the GSMA report “Arbitrary Radio Frequency exposure limits: Impact on 4G network deployment.”

These countries are causing a lot  of a”critical concerns”for the global telecommunications industry, which has in response launched large-scale public relations efforts to do away with  these restrictions. However many countries are holding firm to their limits. For example, in 2018, the Swiss Parliament rejected (22 to 21 votes)  loosening the limits for non-ionizing radiation.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors stated that it would sue the FCC if the commission does not change a proposed policy that would preempt local control to streamline 5G.

The National Association of Counties is also opposing the proposal, telling POLITICO it would “effectively prevent local governments from properly examining the impact that construction, modification or installation of broadcasting facilities may have on public health, safety and welfare of the local community.”

Citizens are protesting 5G across the United States and across the world. Watch news videos and learn more about the US at this link on US Bills . News reports across Europe document the opposition to 5G and as an example, citizens protested 5G implementation in Spain with a human chain in Segovia in July 2018. Read “A Human Chain Against 5G.” 

18. The FCC is not monitoring radiation exposures from cell installations and many cell towers are in violation of the radiation limits.

The Wall Street Journal did an investigative report in 2014 examining over 5,000 cell antennas sites and found that 1 in 10 sites violated the rules during safety audits for carriers and local municipalities “underscoring a safety lapse,” yet the FCC has issued just two citations to cell carriers since 1996 because “the FCC says it lacks resources to monitor each antenna.” A CBS Atlanta investigation also found radiation excesses up to 400 percent of the limit close up to the antennas on rooftop posing serious health risks especially to any worker coming on the roof.

19. The American Academy of Pediatrics is one of many medical organizations that is calling for federal action to protect children. For example, the American Academy of Pediatrics webpage on Cell Towers states:

“An Egyptian study confirmed concerns that living nearby mobile phone base stations increased the risk for developing:

  • Headaches
  • Memory problems
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems”

In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), our largest organization of children’s doctors, has repeatedly written the US  government that current regulations on cellular radiation are outdated and non protective for children and pregnant women.

“Children are not little adults and are disproportionately impacted by all environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation. Current FCC standards do not account for the unique vulnerability and use patterns specific to pregnant women and children. It is essential that any new standard for cell phones or other wireless devices be based on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable populations to ensure they are safeguarded throughout their lifetimes.”

2013 AAP Letter to the FCC and FDA  calling for a review of RF guidelines 8/29/2013

See a list of action and statements by medical organizations here.

20. Firefighters fought hard to oppose 5G small cells in California

The International Association of Firefighters has officially opposed cell towers on their stations since 2004 after a study found neurological damage in firefighters with antennas on their station.

In 2017, when 5G “small cells were coming to California via a 5G streamlining bill (SB649), firefighter organizations came out in strong opposition to the bill and cited the many peer-reviewed studies. They requested that 5G towers not be installed on firehouses. They were successful and SB649 was amended to exempt their stations from the deployment due to their health concerns.


5G Frequencies Are Absorbed Into the Skin

Physicists found that the higher millimeter frequencies intended for 5G use are preferentially absorbed into the sweat duct at much higher rates than other organ tissues. Read two published studies “The Modeling of the Absorbance of the Sub-THz Radiation by Human Skin.” The human skin as a sub-THz receiver – Does 5G pose a danger to it or not? Paul Ben-Ishai, PhD Lecture.

5G Frequencies Are Used As Weapons

Millimeter frequencies – used in 5G applications- have the capacity to cause a severe burning sensation in the skin and are used by the U.S. Department of Defense in crowd control gunscalled Active Denial Systems.  The frequencies are able to cause this burning sensation due to the way the radiation frequencies are absorbed into the sweat gland.


Landmark US National Toxicology Program (NTP) Study Finds “Clear Evidence of Cancer” and DNA Damage

The NTP studies found male rats exposed for two years to cell phone radiation developed significantly increased gliomas (brain cancer) and schwann cell tumors, the very same types of tumors increased in long-term human cell phone users. NIH/ NTP presentation on DNA results states “exposure to RFR has the potential to induce measurable DNA damage under certain exposure conditions.” Press Coverage, on Peer Review Report


Cell Tower Radiation is Linked To Damage in Human Blood

A published study compared people living close and far from cell antennas and found people living closer to cellular antennas had changes in blood that predicts cancer development. Read Zothansiama et al, 2017. Read a Compilation of Research on Cell Tower Radiation


Contact local, state and federal elected officials in person.

Share this information with your friends, family and community.

Ask for government policy that reduces RFR exposure to the public.

Citizens in all states must organize and take action to halt legislation that increases cell antennas in neighborhoods.

This EHT fact sheet has links to to scientific resources and key facts from this page. Please download it and send it to your elected officials and community.

5G Fact sheet in Color



Link to Protective City Ordinances that Attempt to Control the 5G Rollout and protect the public.


CRITICAL LINKS TO INFORMATION ON 5G on the human and environmental impact of 5G

Physicians for Safe Technology Resources on Small Cells and 5G

My Street My Choice:  Critical information and links to help residents fight 5G Small Cells.


  • Link to 5G Frequencies Are Absorbed Into the Skin
  • Link to review study that states radiofrequency is a human carcinogen.
  • Link to 5G Frequencies Are Used As Weapons
  • Link to Landmark US National Toxicology Program (NTP) Study Finds “Clear Evidence of Cancer” and DNA Damage
  • Link to Cell Tower Radiation is Linked To Damage in Human Blood
  • Link to Published Scientific Review on 5G Finds Adverse Effects
  • Link to Cellular Radiation Negatively Impacts Birds
  • Link to Cellular Radiation Negatively Impacts Bees

European Government Reports

Blackman C, Forge S. 5G Deployment: State of Play in Europe, USA, and Asia. Study for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies, European Parliament, Luxembourg, 2019.

  • Significant concern is emerging over the possible impact on health and safety arising from potentially much higher exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation arising from 5G. Increased exposure may result not only from the use of much higher frequencies in 5G but also from the potential for the aggregation of different signals, their dynamic nature, and the complex interference effects that may result, especially in dense urban areas.
  • The 5G radio emission fields are quite different to those of previous generations because of their complex beamformed transmissions in both directions – from base station to handset and for the return. Although fields are highly focused by beams, they vary rapidly with time and movement and so are unpredictable, as the signal levels and patterns interact as a closed loop system. This has yet to be mapped reliably for real situations, outside the laboratory.
  • While the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) issues guidelines for limiting exposure to electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields (EMF), and EU member states are subject to Council Recommendation 1999/519/EC which follows ICNIRP guidelines, the problem is that currently it is not possible to accurately simulate or measure 5G emissions in the real world.”


  • Link to Overview of Cell Tower Health Effects
  • Link to Research on Cell Towers and Health Effects
  • Link to Bees, Butterflies and Wildlife
  • Link to Impact of Cell Towers on Property Values
  • Link to American Academy of Pediatrics on Cell Towers
  • Link to Letters from Doctors on Small Cell 5G in Neighborhoods
  • Link to Firefighters Oppose Cell Towers on Fire Stations
  • Link to Insurance White Papers on Impact of Wireless on Health
  • Link to Cell Towers at Schools
  • Link to Cell Tower Companies Warn Shareholders of Risk but not People Living Near Their Towers or Using Their Products
  • Link to Insurance Company Exclude Electromagnetic Fields as a Standard
  • Link to Study Found Damage in Human Blood
  • Link to FCC Limits are Non Protective
  • Link to 5G Technology
  • Link to Cell Tower Worker Safety Issues



  • Link to Research on 5G and Cell Tower Radiation
  • Link to A 5G Wireless Future: Will it give us a smart nation or contribute to an unhealthy one?” Santa Clara Medical Association Bulletin, Cindy Russell MD, 2017
  • Link to Letters by Scientists in Opposition To 5G Research on Cell Tower Radiation, 2017
  • Link to Biological Effects from Exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation Emitted by Cell Tower Base Stations and Other Antenna  Arrays, Levitt and Lai, 2010
  • Link to Radiofrequency radiation injures trees around mobile phone base stations, Waldmann-Selsam et al., 2016
  • Link to Department of Interior Letter on the Impact of Cell Towers on Migratory Birds, Willie R. Taylor Director, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, 2014
  • Link to Anthropogenic radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as an emerging threat to wildlife orientation, Balmori, 2015
  • Link to Briefing Memorandum On The Impacts from Thermal and Non-thermal Non-ionizing Radiation to Birds and Other Wildlife, Manville, 2016
  • Link to Database of Worldwide International Policy To Reduce EMF
  • Link to Youtube Scientific Videos on 5G

More Resources from Physicians for Safe Technology


BioInitiative 2012: A Comprehensive Report by Independent Scientists on the Science of Electromagnetic Radiation

Physicians for Safe Technology 

Dr. Moskowitz, University of California at Berkeley

Dr. Lennart Hardell of  Örebro University Sweden

The Baby Safe Project: EPA Recognized Awareness Program on Pregnancy and Wireless

“This is a unique situation in the history of the human kind when the whole human population will be exposed to man-made devices emitting non-ionizing radiation that was insufficiently tested before deployment. What is and what will be the responsibility of the scientists, decision-makers and industry leaders who permit deployment of insufficiently tested technology that will affect us all? The answer is simple – no responsibility… because if any health problems will show up in the future, these will most likely take tens of years of time to manifest and, by then the persons that currently enable deployment of insufficiently tested radiation-emitting 5G technology will be retired or the proverbial ‘six feet under.’”

-Dr. Darius Leszczynski, July 18th, 2018 in Assumption of Safety for 5G by Government Agencies, No Science.  


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