Wireless Networks

The worldwide rollout of 5G technology is precipitating the deployment of millions of new "small cell" antennas in close proximity to where people live, work and play, because the millimeter waves that carry data from 5G transmitters don't travel very far, and can be blocked by buildings, trees and even rain. Despite a lack of enthusiasm for of the new technology on the part of consumers, wireless companies and site developers continue to construct new antennas in communities across the country.


Fast Facts
  • The rollout of 5G and the proliferation of wireless technology is resulting in the deployment of millions of antennas in close proximity to homes and apartments. 


  • This exposure crosses the line from voluntary exposures (such as cell phones and baby monitors) to involuntary exposures to a proven health hazard.

  • Cities and towns across the country are adopting protective zoning codes to control deployment. 

While 5G antennas will only transmit on demand, they are usually coupled with 4G antennas, which are  active 24/7/365, whether nearby residents use the wireless service or not. This exposure crosses the line from voluntary exposures (such as cell phones and baby monitors) to involuntary exposures to a proven health hazard. See the Independent Science on the Effects of Wireless Radiation on Human Health and the Environment. 

The amount of RF radiation received from a wireless antenna depends on the proximity or the antenna, the effective radiated power and the duration of exposure. As with many environmental exposures, children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with implanted medical devices and individuals with cardiac and neurological problems are particularly at risk.

Humans are not the only species at risk from exposure. Scientific research also reveals adverse biological effects on pollinators, birds, plants and trees from exposure to RF radiation. Pollinators can absorb more of the higher frequencies used in wireless technology, which could lead to changes in insect physiology, behavior and morphology.  Studies also show that RF radiation exposure can disrupt the magnetic "compass" that many migrating birds and insects use, causing disorientation and potential interference with migration patterns and can damage their development and reproduction. Trees are also impacted by these exposures, including adverse biochemical changes, thinner cell walls, and altered growth.

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The Americans for Responsible Technology website "Tool Kit" contains sample municipal codes, resolutions, flyers, sample letters, brochures, quotes and other advocacy materials which you can download and use in your community. 

Watch the recent video with Dr. Paul Heroux, Dr. Kent Chamberlin, Dr. Sharon Goldberg and C4ST's Frank Clegg, moderated by Doug Wood, Associate Director of Grassroots. Produced in association with 5G Alert Westchester.