Stop 5G NWA, Straight Outta’ Rogers

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Rogers, Arkansas is the home of the Walmart empire, but if local group “Stop 5G NWA” has its way, it will not be home to new 5G towers. Member Jordan Rock told Northwest Arkansas News, that she was “concerned that there hasn’t been any safety testing in rolling out this new technology.” She added, “I’m not just anti-5G or anti-technology for the sake of being anti 5G, I just want to know that it’s safe and it’s safe for my kids to be around long-term.” 

Oncologist, Dr. Simeon Jaggernauth of Landmark Cancer Center in Rogers, countered Rock’s worries saying there is no correlation between the rise in cell towers and any rise in incidents of cancer. “In the grand scheme of things, that is a very, very minimal, if not nonexistent risk. I would not be worried about cell phone towers being in your property or adjacent to your property,” he said. 

Backing up the doctor, an AT&T representative said, “We follow the RF exposure limits set by the FCC and in fact, exposure to the general public from our small cell facilities are hundreds of times below conservative FCC limits. We will continue to work with communities and public officials to provide the best experience and find solutions that work best for our customers here.”

In a similar statement, Verizon added, “All Verizon facilities, including the small cells that Verizon is deploying to provide 5G service, are required to comply with the FCC safety standards. Those standards have wide safety margins and are designed to protect everyone, including children. Everyday exposure to the RF energy from 5G small cells will be well within those safety limits and is comparable to exposure from products such as baby monitors, WiFi routers, and Bluetooth devices.”  

January 9, 2020

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