Mobile giant Samsung and telecom company Verizon announced a joint announcement Monday that was clearly meant to be exciting news: Faster-than-5G mobile networks – known as 5G – are expected to be more accessible in the United States first half of next year.
But public health experts, professors and watchdog groups are increasingly concerned about the untested aspects that this next-gen cell network requires – including more cell towers and a constant chorus of higher-energy photon fluxes through human bodies and homes.
It's a bit of a battle between David and Goliath, as Big Telecom's PR and marketing teams are busy lifting 5G's potential, while watchdog groups struggle to fund even leaner potential health trials Impact
"5G will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity that will allow people to connect with data, experiences, and other people in ways they never thought possible," said Brian Higgins. Vice President for Mobile and Product Marketing at Verizon, in a statement. "Together, Samsung and Verizon have made huge profits by providing consumers with commercial 5G services to consumers in multiple cities. Now we're working together to develop a smartphone that lets you take the power of 5G into your hands. "
According to CNET, the benefits of 5G go beyond mobile technology. The networks provide the foundation for remote surgery, Internet of Things accessories, enhanced drone capabilities, and more.
Some experts believe that the impact of widespread use of mobile 5G needs to be better investigated before 5G becomes mainstream.
] "Although radiation associated with 5G technologies has not been as extensively studied as that associated with current cell phone technologies, there is extensive literature and evidence suggesting a significant impact of exposure on human health and Development. "Dr Jerry Phillips, a professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado, told Salon in an e-mail. "It's not just about the potential effects of 5G-associated radiation, but what the combined impact of 5G radiation can be with other sources of non-ionizing radiation in our environment. Certainly, a more thorough and thorough assessment of the risks to human and environmental health is needed.
With the proliferation of 5G Wireless, more towers are being built to send signals to supplement existing cell towers. This is because 5G needs different hardware to deliver such signals. However, 5G requires far more of these towers than previous generations of networks ̵
"I'm very worried about 5G because 5G's infrastructure needs to be much narrower, so it creates a sparkling network of 24/7 wireless radiations near us," she said in an e-mail to Salon. "Radio frequency radio frequencies have been classified as a Class 2b carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is not only a problem because it is hazardous to your health, but also with IOT (Internet of Things) concerns about privacy and cyber security. "
In 2011, the WHO / International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as" potentially carcinogenic to humans ". According to the original announcement, this classification was based on "an increased risk of glioma, a malignant form of brain tumor associated with the use of cell phones".
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that "there is no scientific evidence to provide a clear answer to this question."
"We do not know exactly whether RF radiation from cell phones can lead to health problems years later," it says on the website.
Some studies have found that certain types of cancer do not pose an increased risk of cell phone use, but other studies have shown that mobile phones are associated with increased cancer rates. Vox has a helpful guide to chaotic research on this topic and why it is difficult to come to a final conclusion, in part because many studies are based on observational data.
Some local cities are committed to keeping 5G cell towers out of their communities. Mill Valley city councilors in Northern California issued a decree in September to prevent 5G stations from being used in residential areas. Meanwhile, the Federal Communications Commission has made it easier for operators to build infrastructure.
Nicole Karlis is news anchor in the salon. It covers the areas of health, science, technology and gender. Tweet them @nicolekarlis .
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