I had a meeting this week with Paul James, Head of Public Affairs and Joe McMann, Senior Communications Manager at Telefónica UK Limited.
While the world gets excited about downloading movies faster, there are lots of people concerned about the potential impact of 5G and the electro-magnetic fields it creates potentially having harmful effects.
O2 have recently launched their Smart Cities Report – The Value of 5G for Cities & Communities download your copy.
Paul said that, “The health effects of 5G are no different to 4G, 3G, 2G…” but I guess we don’t really know until it is actually in place and the effects are being felt by people.
You are not allowed to test 5G on humans directly, as guinea pigs. The International Commission on Non-Ironizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) is the ruling body, on an international basis. If they say it is safe then it is.
I asked about phone masts. They will be using mostly existing ones. I said that my assumption was that telcos could just build masts as they felt the need. Paul advised, “They have to get planning permission for a new mast and that can take 12 months from demand being identified. There is a 56 day process with councils where the public have the right to say no. The council can’t refuse it on health grounds as detailed by ICNIRP.org”
Paul said he’d seen video of 5G helping someone with Parkinson’s with an electrode attached to the brain receiving data at a the required speed that reduced the shakes, allowing the patient to drink a glass of water without spilling it. I said marijuana has been seen to have similar effect and bees prefer it! We laughed, well I did, I think he did.
I am sure there are millions of technological benefits to 5G but people need to be around to place an order…
“Conspiracy theory” is a phrase that has been weaponized by the media to put people off standing up and being counted but there can be a tendency for the naysayers who just want to moan about anything and everything to mucky the ground for intelligent scientific folk to get their thoughts across.
Personally I want to hear from all intelligent sources, those sponsored by the telcos and those who are not. I can then listen to 20 presentations by each, allow for bias and form my opinion based on an informed choice.
Paul is happy to discuss the science and offered to review any of the scientific evidence I send over and offer their take on it. So that’s the next step…
I spend quite a bit of time enjoying videos on Gaia.com as they feel better than most of the offers on Netflix! This page offers some methods on shielding yourself from 5G. Might be hokum but hey, if you choose to listen then you can make an informed choice.
For transparency, my meeting was not an official RBWM meeting. It was as a concerned resident who happens to be a councillor.
The Council’s Constitution states: 1.3 Article 1 of the Constitution commits the Council to promote democratic local communities which are environmentally sustainable, prosperous and safe, providing equalities of opportunity and empowering all our communities.
It was the fact that I take this seriously driving my interest and desire to converse with relevant parties at Telefónica with the recent announcement that they are launching 5G in Windsor at the back end of this year.
I have tried to give the article balance by highlighting O2’s report regularly through the blog.