Law Professor Opposes FCC Broadband Satellite Program Due to Lack of Environmental Review

By B.N. Frank

High speed internet is achievable, safer and more secure with a wired internet connection (see 1, 2) – not 5G or WiFi.  Americans have paid to have this already (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is still providing hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars for satellites to be launched for broadband.  Warnings and opposition continue to be published (see 1, 2, 3).  Another one was recently written by a Vanderbilt Law professor.

From Environmental Health Trust:

The Fault in Our Stars: Challenging the FCC’s Treatment of Commercial Satellites as Categorically Excluded from Review Under the National Environmental Policy Act

Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2020

December 5,  2020

Ramon J. Ryan Vanderbilt University Law School


Mega satellite constellations, such as SpaceX’s Starlink, have the ability to connect humans across the globe in a way never before possible. However, the unprecedented deployment of tens of thousands of satellites into orbit around Earth creates the risk of altering the night sky for astronomers and the public for decades to come, as well as the risk of polluting the environment through the use of toxic satellite components. The Federal Communications Commission considers commercial-satellite projects categorically excluded from environmental review despite the National Environmental Policy Act’s requirement that federal agencies review projects for their environmental effects. A court would likely strike down the FCC’s categorical exclusion for its lack of specificity and find that the agency is required to review commercial-satellite projects since they are likely to have direct, indirect, and cumulative effects on the environment. To prevent a challenge in court, the FCC should use NASA’s satellite project review model and complete an environmental assessment of commonly used satellite components so that future commercial-satellite projects using those components do not need to go through an environmental assessment during their application process. This would create standards in the commercial-satellite industry that promote economic growth and stability while complying with Congress’s mandate to the federal government to proactively consider the environmental impacts of its actions.

Link to Full Paper 

Ryan, Ramon J., The Fault in Our Stars: Challenging the FCC’s Treatment of Commercial Satellites as Categorically Excluded from Review Under the National Environmental Policy Act (May 1, 2020). Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2020, Available at SSRN:

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American 5G opposition continues to increase for a variety of reasons in addition to health and environmental risks (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).  Federal agencies and credible experts claim that it threatens aviation safety, jobs, national security, public safety, and weather forecasting accuracy (see 1, 2, 3).  Recently, the Government Accountability Office acknowledged severe challenges with 5G deployment as well.

Since 2017, doctors and scientists have asked for 5G moratoriums on Earth and in space due to health and environmental risks (see 1, 2).  Since 2018, there have been reports of people and animals experiencing symptoms and illnesses after 5G was installed (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  In 2019, telecom executives gave U.S. congressional testimony that they had NO independent scientific evidence that 5G is safe.  Research has determined that it’s not.  Cities AND entire countries have taken action to ban, delay, halt, and limit 5G  installation AS WELL AS issue moratoriums on deployment.

The majority of scientists worldwide oppose deployment.  Of course, exposure risks ARE NOT exclusive to 5G.  Last year, the World Health Organization warned that high levels of Electromagnetic Fields (aka “Electrosmog”) could cause health issues in a significant percentage of the population.  Nevertheless, in August, Trump reintroduced his proposal to have a nationalized 5G plan and The Department of Defense (DoD) plans to own and operate it with Google.  American legislators and organizations have voiced opposition to this scenario as well.

If you are opposed to 5G, sign the petition asking President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris to stop deployment.


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