Cabled Municipal Broadband–a solution to 5G and everything else
By Devra Lee Davis
Tired of your lack of connectivity? Embarrassed that South Korea has internet speeds 200 times faster than we do? There are 800 cities across the nation that are building their own municipal wired fiber-optic networks to bring lightning-fast connections straight to their homes. With their city-owned cabled system, Chatanooga, Tennesse provides internet access to the […]
Devra Lee Davis, PhD, MPH, Founder & President of Environmental Health Trust & Visiting Professor of Medicine The Hebrew University.
Telecom touts tech to “bridge the digital divide” but in reality, companies are slow to bring internet to rural communities. In her important new book, Fiber, the coming tech revolution and why America might miss it, Harvard Law Professor Susan Crawford, calls for a concerted national effort to build a wired open fiber network infrastructure for all cities. Currently, she notes, we have a duopoly with fringe–AT&T and Verizon, with other providers playing lesser roles. In fact, Bruce Kushnick, a former telecom specialist, reports that the telecom industry collected more than $400 billion under the guise of building cabled systems and misappropriated those funds to build out wireless systems. In introducing, “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks” Frank Clegg, former President of Microsoft Canada, concluded that we now have “indisputable technical, economic, and sustainability reasons why wired technologies portend the best and highest future.”
Despite this, companies are bringing the same types of microwave wireless radiation already shown to be harmful to experimental animals and humans.