By B.N. Frank
High speed internet is safer and more secure with a wired internet connection (see 1, 2). According to a lawsuit and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, all Americans have already paid to have this where they live (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Regardless, the FCC is giving telecoms billions more to install 5G in rural areas even though it is NOT safe or necessary for high speed internet.
The FCC was a corrupt and “captured agency before Trump was elected (see 1, 2). Lawsuits have been filed against them for NOT protecting the public from unsafe levels of radiation as well as 5G on Earth (see 1, 2, 3, 4) and in space. Doctors and scientists have asked MANY TIMES, and again recently, that health and environmental risks from radiation from 5G, cell towers and other wireless sources be evaluated by experts with no conflicts of interest (see also 1, 2, 3). The agency refuses to update 24-year-old federal wireless radiation exposure guidelines.
Charter and Elon Musk among big winners of FCC $9.2bn broadband funding
The FCC has allocated US$9.2 billion worth of funding for high-speed broadband rollout in rural areas and a number of major names are among the big winners.
Three companies scored north of $1 billion: LTD Broadband, Charter Communications, and the Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium. LTD Broadband successfully bid for $1.32 billion of funding to cover more than half a million locations across 15 states. The firm has been around for a decade and currently provides wireless broadband services in parts of Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. It describes itself as the fourth-largest WISP in the US.
LTD Broadband is a minnow compared with the firm that will receive funding for the most locations though. Cable giant Charter will cover 1.06 million locations in 24 states and its share of the funding allocated comes in at $1.22 billion.
Arguably the most interesting company on the list of winners is Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which will roll out broadband coverage across the largest number of states – 35 – and has secured $885.5 million to help it do so. SpaceX is in the process of deploying an initial 12,000 satellites to provide broadband services, of which it has launched just shy of 1,000.
Amidst a raft of self-congratulatory paragraphs extolling the benefits of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to those living in the locations covered, the FCC noted that “a broad range of providers successfully competed in the Phase I auction, including cable operators, electric cooperatives, incumbent telephone companies, satellite companies, and fixed wireless providers.”
Indeed, the regulator shared a list of 180 successful bidders, ranging from those picking up funding worth hundreds of millions of dollars and more – as outlined above – to companies looking to bring high-speed Internet to a handful of communities and seeking single-digit thousands of dollars to support their initiatives. Towards the top end of the scale, there were many household names, including DoCoMo Pacific, Altice USA, Cox Communications, Cincinnati Bell, Frontier Communications, and CenturyLink.
In 2019 telecom executives gave U.S. congressional testimony that they had NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe. American 5G opposition continues to increase for a variety of reasons in addition to health and safety risks (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Federal agencies and credible experts have warned that it will threaten jobs, national security, public safety, and weather forecasting accuracy (see 1, 2). Congress members have safety concerns as well (see 1, 2). In addition to municipalities filing lawsuits against the agency, they have passed resolutions to ban 5G until studies prove it’s safe (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and ordinances to limit and/or control installation. State representatives in Hawaii and Illinois have introduced 5G bills to protect constituents.
Nevertheless, a few months ago, Trump reintroduced his proposal to have a nationalized 5G plan and The Department of Defense (DoD) wants to own and operate it with Google. American legislators and organizations have voiced opposition to this scenario as well.
Recently, the U.S. Government Accountability Office identified serious challenges with 5G deployment. Americans don’t need 5G for high speed internet. Americans have already paid for safer high speed internet. Didn’t Trump promise to give the country back to the people?
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