5G is set to transform internet speeds but residents are fighting back

Mail Online | 10/16/2019 | Tom Rawstorne for the Daily Mail
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A park in Hove has seen the early skirmishes in a battle spreading across Britain.

There, this summer, a planning application was lodged to replace a mobile phone mast with one capable of transmitting 5G — the fifth generation of wireless technology.

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Not only does it promise superfast download speeds for smartphones, but to change how we live — paving the way for everything from self-driving cars to wearable health devices providing round-the-clock monitoring.

But not everyone in this affluent South Coast community believes it’s a future they want to be part of. Of 146 letters sent to the local council, all but one objected to the proposal.

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And of those objections, virtually all highlighted concerns about the risks they claim 5G poses to human health.

Those sentiments are not confined to this corner of Britain. This week it emerged that opponents of 5G in Totnes, Devon, have persuaded their council to demand a moratorium on the new network’s installation. Similar steps have been taken in Frome and Glastonbury, across the border in Somerset.

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Cancer, damage to the nervous system and reduced fertility are the main concerns, with claims that 5G will turn out to be the ‘asbestos and tobacco’ of the 21st century.

Some online contibutors warn of a 5G ‘apocalypse’ caused by ‘dangerous microwaves that destroy living matter’. Humans, birds and insect life are all said to be at imminent risk.

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Such claims are dismissed by the telecommunications industry and the Government. They point out that wireless technology has been in existence for decades, and that previous studies have not concluded the radio waves involved pose any serious health risks.

Despite this, there is a growing sense of frustration that claims to the contrary are gaining traction. In America, it has been reported that the Russians have been amplifying 5G scare stories as part of their...
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