Community-owned fibre-optics the way to go

Dear  Editor,

Scientists and citizens groups from across Canada are launching an Urgent Appeal demanding the right to say “No” to 5G in our neighbourhoods. 

Twenty-four Canadian groups, including Albertans for Safe Technology, have banded together to call for a national moratorium on the roll out of 5G until questions about its human health effects are resolved.

A media release announcing the appeal can be found at http://c4st.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Final-Media-Release-to-CNW-5G-appeal.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3xAovEbjO98InnzaD5OPgE_vtWF2gBojPILNBu5zunOq55NXjjDrcSk8I#viewer.action=download

The Appeal can be read at www.c4st.org/5Gappeal.

Individuals are invited to ensure their concerns are heard by signing the Appeal at www.appel5gappeal.ca.

Everyone wants faster access to the internet, and recent events have shown us how important dependable, high-speed internet is. 

Yet many parts of Alberta do not have it. 

The telecoms are promising a brand new, untested wireless technology, 5G, and are laying the groundwork for the grid in the larger centres.  

As scientists and experts from around the world warn about associated risks to both health and privacy, people are becoming concerned, and rightly so.

Better options to another wireless network are available. 

One is a fibre optic cable network that goes into the home and connects via cable to provide internet access. 

Fibre optic cable provides far faster service (up to 20 times faster), can handle more data, does not emit radiation and is far more protective of personal information. 

In addition wired internet uses far less energy than does wireless. 

Olds, Alberta is a community that has a community-owned fibre network already! (https://community-broadband.ca/olds)

Meanwhile, concerns raised by individuals are going unheard by industry and the government agencies responsible for protecting us, and 5G continues being rolled out. 

The health and security of our families and theirs are being put at risk.  

With federal funding available for rural broadband, community-owned fibre to the premises is looking like a great opportunity for communities for safer, faster, and more cyber-secure internet networks, without the health and environmental concerns.

Lori Curran,

Red Deer, Alta.

Co-Founder, Albertans For Safe Technology

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