By B.N. Frank
Since 2004, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) has opposed the use of their stations for cell towers and antennas due to health risks to personnel. Their website includes many pages of research including a study done on firefighters themselves.
Since at least 2014, telecom companies have been warning investors that eventually they may be held liable and have to pay large settlements because of harm caused by their products and transmitters (aka cell towers). This being the case, it’s not surprising that insurance companies have chosen NOT to cover telecom companies (see 1, 2) for many years.
None of this, however, has stopped telecom companies from trying to convince the public that they have nothing to worry about. Recently, they have taken this to a whole new level of absurdity regarding hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of 4G and 5G small cell towers being installed throughout the U.S. in front of homes, schools and everywhere else.
It defies logic. In February telecom executives gave congressional testimony that they could provide NO scientific studies that prove 5G is safe (not harmful).
Regardless, CTIA (the U.S. trade association representing the wireless communications industry) recently posted a website to combat fears to the growing American opposition to the countless small cell towers being installed throughout the U.S for the “Race for 5G”.
Like the New York Times and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) employees, CTIA blames Russia for causing American anxiety about health risks from 5G and cell tower exposure. They also cite the FDA as a qualified health expert despite the many times this agency has been accused of contributing – if not causing – huge public health snafus including the gargantuan Opioid Crisis.
An op-ed posted by Wireless Estimator provides more details about the new CTIA website and that actor/businessman Kevin Costner is now promoting 5G.