Source: B.N. Frank

American opposition to 5G deployment has been ongoing for years due to various significant risks associated with it including

Studies have revealed that 4G is still better, more reliable, and safer than 5G (see 1234567).  Regardless, last month AT&T and Verizon activated A LOT more 5G in the U.S., and the companies plan to do the same this month as well.

From NASDAQ:


Verizon plans to turn on about 2,000 5G towers in February -sources

David Shepardson Reuters

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc VZ.N plans to turn on around 2,000 additional towers in February in the next phase of its C-Band 5G deployment after talks with U.S. regulators, sources said.

The new phase comes after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Friday it had agreed that Verizon and AT&T T.N could safely turn on more 5G towers in a deployment that has been disrupted by aircraft safety concerns.

Verizon turned on about 5,100 towers in January and will be able to turn on about another 2,000 in February, the sources said, adding that the total could rise as aviation buffer zones are refined.

Concerns that the new towers could interfere with sensitive airplane electronics delayed the C-Band 5G deployment, initially planned for early December. Verizon agreed in January to not deploy about 500 towers near airports.

The company said in January it would initially offer its 5G C-Band service to about 90 million people and promised to expand that to more than 100 million by March 31.

Verizon said Tuesday it had met the 100 million goal as of Feb. 1 and intended “to exceed that goal.”

It declined to comment on the number of new towers being activated, but said it remains committed to “very productive discussions with the FAA and others”.

The FAA said Friday new data had allowed it to “more precisely map the size and shape of the areas around airports where 5G signals are mitigated, shrinking the areas where wireless operators are deferring their antenna activations.”

Based on the new revised exclusion zones, Verizon is expected to be able to deploy about 14% of the 500 towers held up in January, or around 70 towers, the source added.

The FAA is working on a subsequent version of the buffer zones that wll allow Verizon to turn on additional towers.

The FAA declined to comment on how many towers Verizon would turn on in February.

(Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Richard Pullin)

((David.Shepardson@thomsonreuters.com; 2028988324;))


Opposition to 5G is worldwide and this has slowed and/or stopped deployment in some locations but not others (see 123).  Since 2017 doctors and scientists have asked for moratoriums on Earth and in space (see 12and the majority of scientists oppose deployment.  Since 2018 there have been reports of people and animals experiencing symptoms and illnesses after it was activated (see 1234).  Some researchers have suggested that 5G deployment may be contributing to COVID-19 infections while others say it’s not.  Nevertheless, there are health risks associated with 5G exposure as well as exposure to 4G and other sources of wireless Wi-Fi radiation (see 12) and Electromagnetic Fields (aka “Electrosmog”). In fact, last August, a federal court ruled in favor of organizations and petitioners that sued the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for NOT adequately protecting Americans from wireless radiation exposure (including 5G).  More recently, non-profit groups petitioned the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to declare wireless radiation an “imminent” health hazard and to start warning the public about this.