Watercolor_1Commencing a couple of years back, – maybe a bit longer, yet another cable is being inserted beneath the streets of New Zealand. This time it’s ultra fast broadband internet via fibre-optic technology that, if it hasn’t already reached you, is not too far off. Signs are posted in streets when it is soon to be available. This is the government’s 1.5 billion dollar super fast data highway which we’ve been hearing about for several years. 85% of New Zealand households and businesses will have access by 2025. It’s great! Centers of learning are being linked up, homes can stream movies, it’s all super fast and it’s wired/cabled. Or at least we thought it would be wired (and thus safe). Turns out that it’s wired to your doorstep but then it enters your home via wireless (WiFi) network. If we wanted a definitive description of ‘dumb’ then this would be hard to beat. In fact it has already been beaten … see below.

(Please let me know if you have found or find a New Zealand UFB Fibre supplier that can do a direct wired connection inside the house.)

My household has a perfectly adequate internet connection via a VDSL connection on copper wire. It’s not super fast but everything loads quite quickly and movies stream smoothly except for the occasional few seconds when the data stream might lag a little. Fairly rare. The ultra-fast broadband (UFB) fibre network will reach us end of 2019 or maybe early 2020. I will only sign up if it can enter the house as a wired network. As you may have gathered by now, I consider wireless/WiFi very very bad news. But here’s where we get to beating the definitive description of ‘dumb’. We’ve barely got completion of the NZ Government’s 1.5 billion dollar fibre-optic cable network when suddenly the word is all about the 5G network. And it’s not ‘if’ but ‘when’. And the ‘when’ is already being proclaimed as from 2020 onward – and in terms such as – “you’ll not have to wait long for the new world of 5G communication and data. We’re getting it to you just as soon as we can. 5G is the future you have been waiting for … driverless cars, full movie downloads in seconds, check you home or business security while you are away, robots, virtual reality experiences!”

5G is now being installed in some parts of the United States. In some areas there is very concerned opposition from individuals and community groups yet very little, if any, notice is taken of them. The telecommunication corporations continue to install street by street with apparent impunity. As I understand it, the regulatory body in the United States is the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Apparently there is a revolving door type situation regarding some of the FCC members where high-level executive members of the telecommunications industry get to spend time on the FCC. The FCC has decreed that the industry does not have to apply any public health considerations with regard to their operations and installations. (You may have to read and think about that one again.) In spite of receiving hundreds of submissions voicing grave concerns about 5G technology, the FCC have approved the nationwide roll-out.

In the United Kingdom 5G logistical trials were commenced last year. Samsung stated that the purpose of one trial is to demonstrate 5G’s potential to serve as an alternative to fibre deployment for fast broadband services. See the full report here.

5G is now being logistically trialled in some parts of Australia. Local opposition has already shown itself – but is unlikely to have any effect. Small cell milliwave antenna arrays have been sited on some residential streets for the trial, in some cases only meters from children’s bedrooms. Not only have we got EMF spectrum waves much more compressed than microwaves, but they will also be pulsed. These are in the wave spectrum that has been used in some situations by military and police for the purposes of crowd control. Small cell milliwaves have a direct effect on human bodies and on other life forms. Our governments are letting these things enter preparation for installation by the hundreds of thousands throughout residential streets without any rigorous independent health testing of pulsed milliwaves on humans and other life forms. This is not ‘dumb’ or ‘dumber’ this is actually beyond any sort of rational comprehension. Not surprisingly, some countries are holding back on 5G and looking for a safer means of boosting data load networks. Those countries are not the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia or the United Kingdom.

In 2017, members of the New Zealand public were invited to submit their thoughts on the allocation of radio spectrum bandwidth for the purposes of 5G implementation. The invitation was only there if you knew about it. Several dozen citizens responded, myself among them. Three or four submissions really stood out. One was a submission on health research done regarding cellphone transmission radiation in the microwave range. Even an intelligent skeptic would have to admit some doubt regarding the health risks involved in the face of the information presented. Another submission was from a person who suffers intensely from EHS (Electro-high-sensitivity). She described how even before 5G is unleashed she is unable to function in the current EMF radiation environment. In her submission she included photos of her appearance before the development of EHS and as she now appears. I wrote to the NZ Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media and asked her (then Clare Cullen but now Kris Faafoi) whether she was aware of the serious public health concerns that accompany 5G technology. Clare Cullen forfeited her portfolio before responding. The response from the current minister was very formal and informative but it did not answer my question. Does anyone have a direct line to the Prime Minister?

Indeed, if anyone actually did have the ear of some high government official would it really make a difference? If you do then please try – but it begins to appear that perhaps governments don’t actually govern with the safety of the citizens in mind, and maybe our elected representatives really don’t have the power to effectively represent the best interests of the citizens of their electorate. Yet, it has to be so that we can make a difference. Small but firm steps, linked with others, we can change the ways of the world. Remember that Nelson Mandela became the President of the Republic of South Africa. Remember that the Berlin Wall was torn down and the East German government and the Stasi were sent packing. Each of us has, or can develop, the power to see clearly. To speak up. To wake up. And still to act with love and with forgiveness. In our times I believe that we are face-to-face with the devil. And the devil doesn’t like to be seen and named.

What are you going to do?