By DENA EAKLES | rural Ontario
There is something new on the horizon. AT&T joined forces with Bug Tussle to bring the world-touted 5G to our doors. Here is what I have learned:
The towers need to be placed every five to ten miles and most certainly will be 300 feet tall. They emit microwaves. That is the kind of radiation you try to avoid as you pass through airline checkpoints, but now will be living around and under full time.
It won’t mean a lick of difference to most people as far as usage is concerned, but it will be great for machines — like the ones that read your meters. Machines, however, won’t suffer from radiation poisoning, as humans, animals and plants will.
It is hard to read all the scientific jargon, and everyone I talked to in the industry assured me that while they have not read the negative press or the scientific facts, they are also sure we cannot stop the “inevitable.”
Our friends and neighbors who are offered a monthly sum for placing towers on their properties are exchanging green hills for green bills. And they are uncertain to what they are helping to usher in. What will become of our local phone companies, which bring underground broadband to our doors? How many people will keep their landlines when Bug Tussle waltzes in? Who will cry for lost jobs? And who will pay the medical bills of increased cancers and other abnormalities? A call to US Cellular revealed that it, too, will be “rolling out” 5G in our area this fall, while Brussels and othersare banning it due to health concerns.
The time to decide is now. Will we continue to self-destruct in the name of progress, or will we demand better ways to treat the earth and one another?