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I am beginning to hear rumors of how 5G technology in cell phones and other tech will result in all sorts of death and destruction or at least kill off birds or may just give your ears a suntan. 

Is there any truth to these rumors? 

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I seriously doubt they would release 5G if it was dangerous. There has been people living off the wifi is dangerous bandwagon for years. Buy product x to protect you from wifi. If you are worried about it just use ethernet.

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6 hours ago, Moontanman said:

I am beginning to hear rumors of how 5G technology in cell phones and other tech will result in all sorts of death and destruction or at least kill off birds or may just give your ears a suntan. 

Is there any truth to these rumors? 

Hi Moontanman,

The 737 MAX issues and more recent problems with large batteries discharging suddenly in electric car accidents are just two examples of where our current technology has developed faster than the quality assurance processes that will guarantee safety to all users (passive or otherwise) of those technologies.

Apparently many birds are 'plucked' by communications towers according to Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/communication-towers-pluck-birds-13-01-29/?redirect=1

Presently they turn off most of the equipment on communications towers when maintenance is being done to stop the technicians/riggers from getting fried. Most of the danger is from point to point microwave transmitters that have a highly focused beam and not the equipment used exclusively for the mobile network.

Around 10 years ago I lived 3 houses up from a Telephone exchange that had a communications tower at the back. I would sit on my back verandah and watch the Sulfur Crested Cockatoos chew up the plastic insulation on the cabling that went to the attached phone network and microwave transmitters and then watch the technicians come out a month or so later and replace multiple pieces of damaged equipment.

While correctly operating 5G network transmission equipment will not produce harmful waves there is no telling what will happen when these systems aren't operating as they should due to storm or animal damage. While the following is not in the 5G band I was surprised what can be done deliberately through manipulating/pulsing and wondered what could be done unintentionally. https://www.nrl.navy.mil/news/releases/nrl-scientists-produce-densest-artificial-ionospheric-plasma-clouds-using-haarp

Also, as mobile phone networks have only been around for 30 years so far we can only wonder what bandwidths 6, 7 and 8G etc networks will use in the future?

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