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Some Wisconsinites fight possibility of 5G cell towers because of radiation fears

Orange markers popping up around Greendale have some worried people they’ll lead to 5G technology.

5G wireless home internet is making its debut in cities around the country, but has not been installed anywhere in Wisconsin yet. One Greendale-based organization wants people to know how dangerous wireless devices might be, especially with the close-range cell towers associated with 5G technology.

“Cell towers are not safe near homes and schools because of the radiation,” said Elaine Unger, lead organizer with Wisconsin for Safe Technology. “5G means cell towers will be placed in the public rights of way, in our front yards and back yards, spaced two to 12 houses apart.”

Unger has joined hundreds of doctors, scientists and organizations around the world pushing for a moratorium on 5G.

“Right now, there are over 12,000 studies showing harm from wireless radiation from cell towers to cellphones. to tablets to chrome books,” Unger said. “We are talking migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, links to autism ADHD, cancer, diabetes and thyroid problems.”

A spokesman for Verizon Wireless said the orange markers in Grendale are for fiber-optic cables to go underground and extend their current 4G LTE coverage. He also said the technology Verizon uses is constantly reviewed by health and safety organizations around the world, and is in accordance with FCC guidelines.

Unger said those guidelines are out of date and need to be changed. She wants safer technology for homes and warns users to hardwire their devices and stay away from wireless technology as much as possible.

Chris Watkins

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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