Questions about the safety of 5G have been brought up to the FCC by members of Congress. In a letter dated Dec. 3, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (California, 14th District) ask FCC Brendan Carr to provide proof that 5G is safe.
The letter appeared to be the result of comments made during a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where the Mayor of Sioux Falls, Paul TenKaken, asked Commissioner Carr about the safety of 5G technologies and small cell deployment.
“To ensure we communicate accurate information to our constituents — many of whom have concerns similar to Mayor TenHaken’s — we respectfully request you provide to our offices the 5G safety determination from FCC and relevant health agencies that you referred to during the field hearing,” Sen. Bluementhal and Rep. Eshoo wrote.
The letter noted that current regulations regarding RF safety were adopted in 1996 for devices operating below 6.0 GHz; however, 5G devices will operate at frequencies as high as or even exceeding 24 GHz.
“Please also include current citations for the studies informing that safety determination,” according to the letter. “Like Mayor TenHaken, we recognize that the literature on 5G technology may be limited ‘because it’s so new,’ and are interested in acquainting ourselves with the latest studies evaluating the health effects of high-band frequencies and modulations that would be used in 5G networks.”
The National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP) issued its support for the provision of documentation supporting the FCC’s ‘safety determination for 5G,’ along with the supporting scientific citations.
Jim Turner, Esq., President of NISLAPP, said in a prepared release, “NISLAPP considers it a mistake to place new high-frequency radiating antennas in local communities, in very close proximity to homes, offices and schools, when no pre-market health testing at scale has been conducted on the effects of the radiation emitted, to our knowledge, and when much safer hard-wired internet access technologies are readily available.”
The letter also brought up FCC Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Inquiry, which was adopted in March 2013, concerning a reassessment of RF exposure limits and policies and rules regarding exposure to RF electromagnetic fields.
“We also believe it is critical for the FCC to act on its March 27, 2013 to ensure all individuals. and especially those working in close proximity to the hundreds of thousands of small cell facilities to be deployed, are protected from any kind of excess radiofrequency radiation,” the letter said. The FCC has until Dec. 17 to respond.