Earlier this year, the telecom industry caused quite a stir via the announcement of the “5th generation” wireless network (5G), which is supposed to be the next step for wireless connectivity and internet. And what a massive step it’s supposed to be, since it’s being touted as “blazingly fast,” and will supposedly replace cable internet for good. That’s not even accounting the murmurs that it’s about 70 times faster than the current 4G network everyone is using.
With this announcement, however, came numerous warnings and negative feedback, with some experts arguing that if increased internet speed and reliability are the end goal, then more focus should be placed on fiber optic connections since they are safer and far better when it comes to advancing the technology.
5G: The Wireless Freedom We Deserve
To achieve these supposed speeds, 5G networks will be using “small cell” facilities or bases, unlike the usually 90-foot cell towers that the current 4G network uses. Because these 5G bases will be small, homeowners who will be acquiring the services of the network will most likely end up with a 5G cell base mounted near their home or even outside their home.
However, as enticing as that may sound, a representative from the Federal Communications Commission stated in a hearing that as of the moment, no safety checks and studies have been done on the 5G network, and there is no such thing planned. In other words, there’s no available data that can tell what kind of negative effects these new network will provide.
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