November 1, 2020 |
“The Commission to Study the Environmental and Health Effects of Evolving 5G Technology came about from the passage and signing into law of HB 522. The Legislature, after hearing testimony of potential health risks and the political ramifications of small cell antennae being deployed on the public rights-of-way throughout New Hampshire, agreed that a Commission be formed to take a deeper look at this evolving technology. For the record, 5G stands for the 5th Generation of wireless communication. This technology utilizes frequencies in the millimeter wave range of the electromagnetic spectrum. See Appendix A for a chart showing this spectrum.”
“What the Commission learned early on in its work is that you cannot talk about 5G without talking about the earlier generations 3G and 4G. Then the Commission embraced the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) which is a world in which all electronic devices communicate via electromagnetic waves. This led to discussion of routers and other internal technologies. The devices receiving and sending signals via electromagnetic waves also became part of the discussion. So as the presentations and discussions went on, the Commission concluded that all things emitting radio frequency (RF) radiation needed to be considered together because of the interaction of all these waves. We also discovered early on that 5G means something different to each of the major cellular companies ranging from how 5G antennae interact with other generation antennae to whether small cell towers in the public right-of-way will be needed. The conclusion by many experts is that 5G is a marketing concept centered around speed of data transmission using many different engineering strategies.
At the heart of the discussion was the research as to whether non-ionizing radiation causes biological effects on humans as well as other living organisms, either animal or plant. No one argues that ionizing radiation from the high energy and frequency ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma ray end of the electromagnetic spectrum are a danger to all living things. Of concern to the Commission, and internationally, are the electromagnetic waves in the microwave range of energy and frequency.”