5G Technology: Speed, Data And Liabilities – Media, Telecoms, IT, Entertainment – Italy

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We are celebrating the undoubted positive aspects linked to the
use of this amazing new technology, to be applied in many different
and heterogeneous fields of application, nevertheless we know that
the introduction of fifth generation mobile telephony will give
rise to new scenarios of exposure of the population to radio
frequency electromagnetic fields that will be emitted in frequency
bands (694-790 MHz, 3.6-3.8 GHz and 26.5-27.5 GHz) very different
from those currently used for mobile telephony (from 800 MHz to 2.6

Without prejudice to the impact of great innovation, utility and
profit on a large scale (the auction, for example, will bring the
State 6.4 billion euros in 4 years), some considerations on the
possible harmful effects of 5G on primary health and environmental
goods must be made.

In fact, studies published on the subject certainly do not tell
us anything in relation to the impact and risks in the medium to
long term, limiting themselves to a disclaimer ” available
data does not suggest particular problems for the health of the
population connected to the introduction of 5G – therefore not in
terms of certainty or robust probability of its harmlessness – only
in the short term (see 5G electromagnetic emissions and health
risks by Alessandro Polichetti – Centro Nazionale per la Protezione
dalle Radiazioni e Fisica Computazionale, Istituto Superiore di
Sanità, Rome).

This certainly stems from the fact that the frequencies that
will be used for 5G have been the subject of fewer studies than
those used by current telecommunications and broadcasting

Therefore, it is first and foremost essential that the
introduction of this technology is accompanied by careful
monitoring of exposure levels (as is already the case with current
mobile phone technologies) and that research on possible long-term
effects continues, possibly increasing.

Compared to current technologies, the 5G network is based on an
extraordinarily high number of planned antennas (small cells), the
very high output energy used to ensure their diffusion, the
extraordinarily high frequencies, the apparent high-level
interaction of the 5G frequency on ions, including the groups
responsible for the cellular ion pumps. Therefore, its possible
danger to health and the environment is supported from many
quarters – rightly or wrongly.

The conclusions of the European Council on the importance of 5G
for the European economy and the need to mitigate related security
risks (14517/19 of 3.12.2019) state inter alia that the 5G network
security approach must be comprehensive and risk-based. 5G security
is considered to be a continuous process that starts with the
selection of suppliers and lasts throughout the production phase of
the network elements and the lifetime of the networks.

It seems that today we are still far from a judgement of
harmlessness or probable harmlessness in the medium-long term,
moving rather within the thorny perimeter of the judgement based on
risk which, at the moment, would seem to be the most remote but
which, in the absence of certain data, could well – over the years
– “rise” to a possible if not probable risk.

Now, the World Health Organisation, the European Commission and
the National Institute of Health, for example, do not seem to have
yet taken the “possible risk” into adequate
consideration, respecting the precautionary principle, when the
available results on the existence of biological effects from
exposure to electromagnetic fields – including 5G – and the
scientific evaluation that does not allow to determine with
certainty the risk, are most probably already sufficient to apply
this principle, define the exposed subjects as potentially
vulnerable and re-evaluate, at least partially, the current
institutional conclusions.

On this basis, a moratorium for the implementation of 5G on the
whole national territory would probably be desirable until at least
an active involvement of the public bodies in charge of
environmental and health control (Ministry of Environment, Ministry
of Health, ISPRA, ARPA, Prevention Departments) is properly
planned, preliminary risk assessments according to codified
methodologies and a monitoring plan of the possible health effects
on exposed subjects, who should in any case be adequately and
adequately informed of the potential risks or the current rate of
lack of knowledge in the medium-long term.

In other words, players and institutions should avoid that 5G
could turn out to be a kind of experiment in the long run because
it would bring a heavy consequence in dowry: the liabilities borne
by the State and by the players themselves which, in a few years
time, could be called to compensate jointly and severally a large
number of subjects for the injuries and damages etiologically
derived (or caused), according to a probabilistic judgement, from
the harmful emissions and high frequency electromagnetic fields of
5G, if and to the extent that their harmfulness to health and the
environment is actually ascertained.

In a scenario that can in some ways be assimilated mutatis
mutandis – forty years ago it was blood and plasma, today it is
electromagnetic fields – the State and hospital bodies have had to,
and continue to, compensate the injured parties and their relatives
for hundreds of millions of euros, basically for not having
adequately supervised and for having culpably failed to apply the
rules that in any case imposed (in their position of guarantee and
by virtue of the precautionary principle) the control of blood and
blood products and the screening of donors.

This economic data, in addition to the social cost of the
violation of absolute, unavailable and primary ranking assets,
should be taken into proper and timely consideration alongside that
of the billion-dollar profits from the auctions and the speed of
interaction of the new network.

Originally published October 30, 2020

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