By B.N. Frank
American opposition to 5G continues to increase for a variety of reasons (see 1, 2) in addition to biological and environmental risks (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Federal agencies and credible experts have warned that it threatens jobs, national security, public safety, and weather forecasting accuracy (see 1, 2).
Deployment has been banned, delayed, and stopped worldwide due to health and safety risks. Regardless, in August, Trump reintroduced his proposal to have a nationalized 5G plan and the Department of Defense (DoD) wants to own and operate it with Google assisting them. Some legislators and organizations have voiced opposition to this particular scenario. Nevertheless, military bases are again gearing up to test 5G.
From Defense One:
How Two US Military Bases Are Exploring 5G’s Potential
Defense Department-led pursuits of next-generation connectivity will hone in on survivability, security, and innovation.
The Defense Department’s fresh effort to produce future-facing testbeds for strategic 5G experimentation spanning more than 10 military bases is beginning to unfold—and officials at the forefront of work on two of those sites illuminated what early applications will look like on the ground.
“5G is coming, no matter what we do,” Jody Little, executive program manager of Joint Base San Antonio’s 5G NextGen work, told Nextgov during a recent webcast. “We have to have these things working—both on a secure level and on an operational level.”
The Pentagon’s big plans for 5G came to light last year, when the agency revealed its ambitious intent to pilot, prototype and explore next-generation wireless technology at specific military installations that make sense for its development. In October 2019, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Hill AFB, Naval Base San Diego and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany were named as the department’s “Tranche 1 testbeds for 5G capabilities,” and Nellis Air Force Base was added to that group months later, in May. Seven new locations—Naval Station Norfolk, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Fort Hood, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Tinker Air Force Base, and Joint Base San Antonio—were unveiled as Tranche 2 testbeds after that.
Projects on the 12 bases are set to encompass 5G-enabled smart warehoures, augmented and virtual reality, radar—and much more. A further expansion is expected, and the department dished out $600 million to 15 contractors in October to kick off efforts at those five “Tranche 1” sites.
High-speed internet CAN be achieved without 5G and even without wireless. However, according to Verizon and now the DoD – the push for 5G is about other uses for the technology that many experts say isn’t safe – Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) (see 1, 2), Artificial Intelligence (AI), “Smart Cities”, etc.
In 2019, telecom executives gave U.S. congressional testimony that they had NO independent scientific evidence that 5G. Since 2018 there have been reports of people and animals experiencing symptoms and illnesses where 5G has been installed (see 1, 2, 3, 4).
Of course other sources of wireless emit harmful radiation too. Last year The World Health Organization cautioned that high levels of Electromagnetic Radiation exposure (aka “Electrosmog”) could lead to health issues in a significant portion of the population.
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