Both Dodge and Jefferson counties have made bad decisions about how to provide broadband within our counties. In order to be truly useful for business (and personal) use, broadband needs to be fast, reliable, and secure. Wireless broadband is not. It is slow compared to good wired internet (especially fiber), prone to weather related interruptions, and readily hacked because the signal is broadcast all around. Wireless broadband also takes 10 times more energy than wired broadband to send the same information (https://whatis5g.info/energy-consumption/).

Furthermore, the radiofrequency/microwave radiation emitted by wireless technology has serious biological effects. The limits wireless technology complies with were only meant to protect a very large male from experiencing thermal harm (cooking) during a very short-term exposure. They were never meant to protect anyone during the chronic exposures we experience today. Nor are they environmentally protective (www.electricalpollution.com/WirelessKillsTrees.html).

On a personal level, it is important that to know that a recent analysis based on French governmental data shows that 9 out of 10 cell phones violate the FCC limits for radiofrequency emissions when held against the head while in use or placed against the body in pockets, bras, or socks. The emissions can be as much as 11 times the FCC limits. Emissions at and below the FCC limits have been linked to cancer. Thirteen models of cell phone have already been recalled in France (https://ehtrust.org/new-study-cell-phones-exceed-safety-limits-when-phones-touch-the-body/).

An advisory panel to IARC, the international agency that evaluates agents for carcinogenicity, has advised IARC to re-evaluate the carcinogenicity of radiofrequency radiation, already classified as Group 2B — possible human carcinogen. Experts are calling for that classification to be changed to Group 1 — carcinogenic to humans (www.EHTrust.org). Since radiofrequency radiation has already been shown to cause oxidative damage, disrupt the endocrine system, and cause serious cardiac and neurological effects, no governmental money should be spent providing wireless broadband.

Let your county leaders know immediately that you only want them to spend money on safe, secure, fast, reliable wired broadband.

Catherine Kleiber,

Waterloo

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