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5G and the Internet of Things

5G “small” cells

“Small” cells is an industry word for cell towers with transmitting antennas close to the ground near our homes. The FCC has estimated over 800,000 new “small” cells will be installed throughout the USA and millions worldwide.  Radiating cell antennas with 5G, 4G, 3G, and 3G technology will be mounted on:  

  • Street lights 
  • Trashcans 
  • Utility poles 
  • Bus stops 
  • Rooftops of buildings.   



Insurance authorities classify 5G as “High Risk.”

The Insurance authority Swiss Re released a white paper classifying 5G as a “high” emerging risk cautioning that “potential claims for health impairments may come with a long latency.” If insurance companies won’t take the risk why should we? 

The radiation from these small cell antennas is not small.

Wireless antennas emit microwaves — non-ionizing radio-frequency radiation — and essentially function as cell towers. Each installation can have over a thousand antennas that are transmitting simultaneously. Examples of how small cells are not small include:  

  • 5G will use new “beam-forming” antenna designs that create multiple streams of signal from each fixture. 
  • They increase electromagnetic radiation near homes.
  • They have refrigerator-sized (and larger) equipment cabinets.
  • Property values drop after a cell tower is built near homes.
  • Taller and wider poles are needed for the antennas.
  • Fixtures weigh hundreds of pounds.

Get more facts on 5G HERE or learn more below.

“Small cell” microwave antenna in San Francisco just feet from a bedroom.