5G IN MERTON WELCOMES YOU
We decided to start this site to:
To explain what 5G is
Help spread awareness of the roll-out of 5G in Merton and indeed the whole of the UK.
What it means for people in terms of their health, environment and communities
News of any events in Merton or nearby related to 5G
5G-HANG ON, IS THIS A GOOD IDEA?
Behold the vision!
Source: DCMS- Next Generation Mobile Technologies: An update to the 5G
WHAT IS 5G ACTUALLY?
All you need to know is unlike previous generations of network it will be deployed in the millimetre-wave spectrum with cells operating frequencies at or above 24 GHz.
If you're into being a bit techie...
Unlike those previous generations of mobile network, 5G is unlikely to be defined by any single form of technology. It’s often referred to as "the network of networks" for the way it will bind together multiple existing and future standards, including current advanced LTE (4G) networks. On a more general level, however, it will increasingly be defined by the use of higher radio frequencies. It's meant to deliver faster download speeds and lower latency meaning it is more responsive to user input, for instance during game-play.
Apart from 24 GHz, government also intends to start work on making 66-71 GHz band available.
Other spectrum bands are also planned to be used for 5G: 700 MHz being suitable for providing coverage over a wide geographical area and 3.4 GHz, which has a much shorter range but can support faster data transfers than 700 MHz.
WHEN'S IT HAPPENING?
According to The Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) there is broad consensus that commercial rollout of 5G in the UK should begin by 2020, with competition likely to drive the mobile market to initially provide enhanced mobile broadband services.
Digital connectivity part of the government's industrial strategy. DCMS says it wants the “UK to become a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.” 5G is a big part of this, so let's say they are pretty keen on it.
STEPS GOVERNMENT IS TAKING TO ACHIEVE THIS:
Extending mobile coverage to 95% of UK geography.
The Government’s 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme- tax-payer funded R&D basically
Working out how private investment in 5G can be encouraged/made easier
Working with Local Government to make sites available for deployment of infrastructure and to deliver the levels of connectivity which reflect the need of local areas (not defined) via the Local Connectivity Group
Developing future-focused spectrum policy to help ensure that spectrum is allocated in a way that supports the Government's mobile ambitions
New cross-government, barrier-busting task force (don't mess!), which will be working with industry, local authorities and Ofcom to address barriers to the deployment of digital infrastructure.
WHY AM I READING THIS AND WHAT'S THE PROBLEM YOU ANNOYING KILL-JOY?
Our health, mainly
My concern was sparked by the U.S. senate hearing on 6 Feb 2019, Richard Blumenthal asked wireless industry representatives whether there are any health implications of 5G, which due to its much shorter wavelength frequency will require potentially millions of transmitters to be added closer to homes, schools, workplaces (currently there are 200,000 4G transmitters in the US).
Earlier in Dec 2018 he requested studies to be provided on the safety of the technology to be demonstrated. Nothing was provided. The industry representatives confirmed to the senator that there has been no funding of independent studies and no independent industry-backed research has taken place regarding the safety of 5G for the public. Blumenthal concluded “we're flying blind in terms of health and safety is concerned”.
The UK Health Protection Agency rode to the rescue when I was hoping for some good news. In April 2012 it published “Health Effects from Radio frequency Electromagnetic Fields, Report of the independent Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation” It found that there was no consistent evidence that warrants concern.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) also says fears around radio frequency waves (yep including 5G) are largely baseless:
“Cellphones work by sending signals to (and receiving them from) nearby cell towers using RF waves. This is a form of electromagnetic energy that falls between FM radio waves and microwaves. Like FM radio waves, microwaves, visible light, and heat, RF waves are a form of non-ionizing radiation. They don’t have enough energy to cause cancer by directly damaging the DNA inside cells. RF waves are different from stronger (ionizing) types of radiation such as x-rays, gamma rays, and ultraviolet (UV) light, which can break the chemical bonds in DNA,” the ACS explains. “At very high levels, RF waves can heat up body tissues. But the levels of energy given off by cellphones are much lower, and are not enough to raise temperatures in the body.”
This is echoed by industry which says 5G is harmless because it is below the thermal threshold, i.e the waves do not heat our body. Recent studies have been done on the health effects of RF below the thermal threshold and negative results have been found in the studies.
In 2016 the largest study to date on mobile phones and cancer, the $25M National Toxicology study in the US found a link between mobile phone radiation and cancer. Scientists found the increased risk at radiation exposure levels similar to what’s deemed safe by the U.S. government. In the rat study, the mobile phone radiation raised levels of brain cancer and a rare heart tumour, there was clear evidence for the latter-malignant schwannomas (the document by the way only reviewed these 2 aspects of heath risk). Risk increased with higher radiation exposure.
Yes, more research needs to be done before we can definitely say mobile phone radiation causes cancer in humans. The question is, should we be exposed to ever higher levels in the meantime? This study looked at RF emitted by 2 and 3G mobiles, it didn't include the additional exposure of 4 and 5G.
The 2012 assessment of the UK Health Protection Agency that “ there was no consistent evidence that warrants concern.” is now on shaky ground. The Ramazzini Institute (RI) study in 2017 also found results consistent with the NTP study: An increase in the incidence of very rare highly malignant tumours—schwannomas of the heart. It also reported a decrease in litter weights in the RFR exposed groups . These effects are now considered a reproducible finding. Again, these findings occurred at non-thermal levels, the RFR exposures were at levels the U.S govt considers allowable, yet a statistically significant increase in malignancies was found.
WE'VE BEEN FLYING BLIND UP TO 4G, SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM NOW?
5G's requirement for a huge number of transmitters and our government's strategy for at least 95% 5G connectivity in the UK, represents a massive step change in EM radiation. At the moment, there is an option to move away or some distance from a transmitter, with 5G that wont exist. The allocation of high frequency wavelength to 5G means it can't travel far. So antennas will be placed every 10-12 houses and with 5G internet of things (IoT) where fridges and smart meters etc are sending and receiving signals that is a substantial increase in RF-EMF to all citizens and it will be added to 3 and 4G & WiFi. The studies mentioned show it has a cumulative effect over time.
WHAT TO DO?! WHAT TO DO?!
Let MPs and your local councillors know about the issue and the concern raised by Senator Richard Blumenthal, Dr Joel Moskowitz, a public health professor at the University of California, and 230 doctors and scientists from the International Society of Doctors that:
“The deployment of 5G, constitutes a massive experiment on the health of all species”
The precautionary principle needs to be applied, meaning a moratorium on rolling out of 5G, so we don't rush headlong in delivering this technology in an unsafe way. It needs to be looked into thoroughly as in future billions of people will be exposed to this millimetre wave length radiation. In fact this is what the International Society of Doctors are demanding.
Lloyds of London, whose business relies on precaution will not insure against 5G wireless claims.
Lloyd’s November 2010 Risk Assessment Team’s Report compares these wireless technologies with asbestos, in that the early research on asbestos was “inconclusive” and only later did it become obvious to anyone paying attention that asbestos causes cancer.
Any kind of transmitting wireless antennas such as those on cell towers, should not be near homes, schools, parks or hospitals. We need to switch to wired communications, reducing the need for wireless connections. Wired communication is higher quality, less vulnerable to cyber attacks and safer for human health because wired technology does not have radio frequency exposure.
We ourselves are electromagnetic, our cells (communicate and reproduce electromagnetically, our heart and brain are electromagnetic). We, nor our local representatives should be bullied, pressured or ignored by central government's “barrier-busting task force”
The government has already introduced planning reforms in England which include a significant relaxation of restrictions on the siting and installation of small cells that will support both 4G and future 5G rollout.
So far government has:
legislated for additional permitted development rights for taller mobile masts;
removed the threshold for placing small cell antenna on commercial buildings/structures to support mobile rollout.
brought into effect new building regulations which require all new buildings and existing buildings undergoing major renovations to have infrastructure capable of delivering superfast broadband greater than 30Mbps;
SOURCES OF ENCOURAGEMENT
The problem is being recognised, some local areas are keeping 5G cell towers out of their communities. City council members of Mill Valley in Northern California passed an ordinance in September 2018 to keep 5G transmitters from being deployed in residential areas.
After firefighters began exhibiting health problems, The International Association of Firefighters began opposing installing cell towers on fire stations in San Francisco.
Dr. Gunnar Heuser, who orchestrated a pilot study on firefighters at a station with cell towers said the symptoms included “problems with memory, problems with intermittent confusion, problems with weakness.”
In the UK, Mark Steele, whose background is in weapons systems engineering, is campaigning against 5G microwave transmitters being put on street lights in Gateshead. The council in Gateshead applied for an injunction to limit what Mr Steele could post online about 5G. The case was heard in October 2018 by Judge Nolan and resulted in him refusing to 'gag' Steele adding “The public have a right to know”. After reading written evidence from Mr Steele. Judge Nolan declared Mark Steele as a credible expert and engineer on EMF and GSM technologies and instructed the council to address public concern regarding 5G.
How does Mark Steele with a background in weapons engineering know so much about 5G? Millimetre frequencies (5G) 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 guns called Active Denial Systems.
LOVING OUR TREES
5G can't go through trees and wet leaves due to the millimetre frequency (MMW) it uses, requiring the culling of trees such as has been happening in Newcastle and Sheffield. The University of Surrey https://www.surrey.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-03/white-paper-rural-5G-vision.pdf is aware of this limitation.
Network Rail is aiming to cull 10 million trees, the stated aim however is to prevent branches and leaves from falling on the track.
The Guardian reported on the culling on 29/04/2018: “James Graham, from Manchester, said he saw thousands of trees being felled last week along a 10-mile section of the trans-Pennine route from Manchester to Leeds.
“I know they have to manage the trees, but this was excessive,” he said. “It looked like some kind of logging operation. I was sitting in the train and looking out at the countryside and all you could see was mile after mile of tree stumps and sawdust. They had felled trees which were a long way from the track. It was extreme.””
In the 2017 Autumn Budget, the Government announced an investment of £35 million to install trackside fibre and 5G network infrastructure along the Trans Pennine route between Manchester, Leeds and York. In light of this fact, is it credible this vast cull is to simply prevent leaves and branches from falling on the track?
Similarly, work is progressing on connected and autonomous vehicle trials in the West Midlands. The trial will test technical, deployment and commercial aspects of providing roadside 5G infrastructure. You may have experienced a delay along stretches of motorway which are being converted into a “smart” motorways, it will use 5G.
OUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY
Internet of things (IoT) will collect a vast amount of data on your household, in real time, wireless transmissions are relatively easily hacked, automated cars will be networked, what about hacking issues there? Cell towers at close proximity from one another will scan everything which is passing through the array and therefore has the capability build up an electronic picture.
Privacy and Freedom Erased by 5G Infrastructure Enabling AI driven Smart Cities.
This vivid speech was delivered on 25th September 2019 by PM Boris Johnson at the UN. This is the transcript.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon is part of the UN delegation present. He was receptive to concerns about man-made EMR when he met with BEMRI.org
"Transparency is for those who carry out public duties and exercise public power. Privacy is for everyone else."
NEWS & VIEWS
From The Telegraph 25th October 2019. The cars, designed by UK company FiveAI, will be carrying one of 130 volunteers everyday on a circuit through Croydon's roads.
HAVE YOUR SAY-PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS FOR 5G MASTS
4th November is the deadline to make your submission, please let your views be known here and let your local groups and residents associations know.
FOLLOWING TOTNES, KINGSBRIDGE HAS DECLARED A MORATORIUM.
Well done to John Kitson of 5Gawareness.com and all concerned. Here is his interview in the Daily Mail. This is a stand by local people and their brave reps. It is not a binding situation. Central government could technically impose it on the community with their "barrier-busting task force".
8TH OCTOBER 5G IN MERTON ATTENDING WIMBLEDON PARK RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION AGM.
Will be on hand to answer any questions. Stephen Hammond MP will also be there.
5G IN MERTON MEETING 7TH OCTOBER 7PM
The Sultan Pub, 78 Norman Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1BT in the upstairs meeting room. Various updates, not least from attendees of the recent Radiation Research Trust conference.
FORTHCOMING DOCUMENTARY ABOUT 5G
5G in Merton was interviewed by Polish documentary makers in August 2019. The film will be ready in month or so but funding is needed for distribution. To see a clip from the film, read more about it and donate towards it please go to https://pomagam.pl/en/megaustawa
NEW DOCUMENT SUMMARISING THE ISSUES
This document aims to:
Bring information together in one place.
Facilitate conversations with family, friends and officials about 5G.
Help people to discern when misleading information is presented.
FOLLOW UP MEETING: NEXT STEPS 7PM 11TH JULY
The Sultan Pub, 78 Norman Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1BT in the upstairs meeting room
MEETING HAPPENING ON 24TH JUNE 2019 7PM
A Community Meeting to learn more about what 5G is, why it is being rolled out, and how it will affect you, young children and our environment
The meeting will be held on
Monday, 24 June from 7 - 9:30 pm In St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Place
Wimbledon SW19 7ND
Please reserve a space here:
PAPER PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2019 BY PROFESSOR MARTIN PALL SENT TO 5G IN MERTON
TELCOS WRANGLING WITH COUNCILS TO ACCESS LAMP POSTS
NOW VAUD AND GENEVA IN SWITZERLAND ARE HALTING 5G
APRIL 2019, RADIATION CONCERNS HALT BRUSSELS 5G DEVELOPMENT
FROM IDEA TO REALITY: THE EVOLUTION OF 5G IN MERTON
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CONTACT 5G IN MERTON
Next Generation Mobile Technologies: A 5G strategy for the UK- 8 March 2017- DCMS Policy paper
Next Generation Mobile Technologies: An update to the 5G strategy for the UK- 19 Dec 2017- DCMS Policy paper
Washington DC Council Small Cell Roundtable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljLynbr5iPc
Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is Dominated by the Industries it Presumably Regulates by Norm Alster https://ethics.harvard.edu/files/center-for-ethics/files/capturedagency_alster.pdf
University of surrey 5G and trees
List of scientific papers from Physicians for Safe Technology. https://mdsafetech.org/5g-telecommunications-science/
Scientists and doctors calling for the precautionary principle to be applied http://www.5gappeal.eu/the-5g-appeal/
Ramazzini Institute Study: Animal Study On Base Station/Cell Tower Radiofrequency Radiation (at levels lower than US FCC and internationally referenced ICNIRP limits) Question & Answer: https://ehtrust.org/ramazzini-institute-study-animal-study-on-base-station-cell-tower-radiofrequency-radiation-question-answer/
US Senator Blumenthal Raises Concerns on 5G Wireless Technology Health Risks at Senate Hearing https://youtu.be/ekNC0J3xx1w
Planetary electromagnetic pollution: it is time to assess its impact
Dr Miller, The body of evidence linking cell phone radiation to cancer https://youtu.be/1OlTb3CrXNE
Former Microsoft Canada Chief Exec on 5G and wireless tech safety https://youtu.be/xSP2exnmJXg
Dr. Sharon Goldberg Testifies at Michigan's 5G Small Cell Tower Legislation Hearing October 4, 2018 https://youtu.be/YNfFdsk0ZAk
Former Microsoft Canada Chief Exec on 5G and wireless tech safety https://youtu.be/xSP2exnmJXg
Raising awareness in your communities
INACCURATE OFFICIAL ASSESSMENT OF RADIOFREQUENCY SAFETY BY THE ADVISORY GROUP ON NON-IONISING RADIATION
Critical Analysis of Basis of Government's Position on Non-Ionising Radiation by Sarah J. Starkey 16 Oct 2016
BBC PANORAMA FROM 2007
Features Mike Repocholi, founder of ICNIRP and Sir William Stewart former chairman of the Health Protection Agency who is expressing safety concerns and is critical of WHO's pronouncements which he says does not accurately reflect the science.
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