by Josh del Sol
Josh del Sol is host of
5G Crisis: Awareness &
Accountability Summit, which has become the
most-attended online summit ever in the wellness space.
Josh also created
Take Back Your Power, a
documentary about 'smart' meters which won the
AwareGuide Transformational Film of the Year, the Indie
Fest Annual Humanitarian Award, and a Leo Award for Best
Feature Length Documentary.
Josh is passionate about
safe technology, human rights, consciousness, new energy
technology, and fatherhood.
Responding to a
and demand for
has written to
each canton with restrictions
deployment, and called for a
UPDATE - 13 FEB
It is being revealed that
reports from the Financial Times and Silicon Republic
were not accurate.
Mobile World Live:
Responding to a
report by Financial Times (FT), a representative of the
Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) admitted it had
recently written to the nation's 26 regional authorities, known
as cantons, regarding the placement of 5G equipment.
representative said an FT assertion the communication called on
cantons to put planning permission for next-generation equipment
on ice was "misleading".
Office for the Environment's (FOEN) letter to the
cantons does not contain any recommendation to stop the
permitting of 5G base stations" the representative told MWL.
"Rather, it sets
out how the cantons can proceed with the permitting of 5G
and adaptive antennas until FOEN's enforcement aid on
adaptive antennas is available."
However, the FOEN
"some cantons and
municipalities" had imposed moratoria on 5G planning
permission, but added these do "not affect Switzerland in
At the end of January,
Das Bundesamt für Umwelt (Bafu),
sent a letter to all of the country's cantonal governments, calling
a halt on the use of all new
5G towers, due to health risks.
However, Swiss telcos are still stating that the network will
be switched on very soon, in a "limited capacity." Switzerland was
among the first to begin deploying 5G, and have already rolled out
more than 2,000 antennas in the last year.
[Bafu] is responsible
for providing the cantons with safety criteria against which
telecoms operators' radiation emissions can be judged.
highly federalized structure, telecoms infrastructure is
monitored for compliance and licensed by cantonal authorities,
but Bern is responsible for setting the framework.
Bafu has said it cannot yet provide universal criteria without
further testing of the impact of 5G radiation.
The agency said it was "not aware of any standard worldwide"
that could be used to benchmark recommendations.
will examine exposure through adaptive [5G] antennas in
depth, if possible in real-world operational conditions.
This work will
take some time," it said.
Without the criteria,
cantons are left with little option but to license 5G
infrastructure according to existing guidelines on radiation
exposure, which all but preclude the use of 5G except in a tiny
minority of cases.
Several cantons have already imposed their own voluntary
moratoria because of
uncertainty over health risks.
Swiss law on the effects of radiation from telecoms masts is
broadly in line with that of European peers, but specifies the
application of more stringent precautionary measures in certain
New 5G communications
technology means individuals are exposed to more concentrated
beams of non-ionizing radiation, but for shorter periods.
Bafu must determine
which legal standards to apply to this.
Switzerland already has a notable anti-5G lobby, with recent
protests against its rollout in Bern, Zurich and Geneva.
The Swiss Medical Association has advised caution on 5G, arguing
that the most stringent legal principles should be applied
because of unanswered questions about the technology's potential
to cause damage to the nervous system, or even
Five "popular initiatives" - proposals for legally binding
referendums on 5G use - are already in motion in Switzerland.
Two have already been
formalized and are in the process of collecting the 100,000
signatures needed to trigger nationwide votes that if successful
will amend Switzerland's constitution.
One will make telecoms companies legally liable for claims of
bodily damage caused by radiation from masts unless they can
The other proposes
strict and stringent limits on radiation emissions from masts
and will give local residents veto power over all new
constructions in their area.
Beginning last spring,
Swiss cantons (regions) began to
pass moratoriums against 5G. We previously wrote about that
While Swisscom said
"the fears that
are expressed about new technologies", it added that there
is "no evidence that antenna radiation within the limit
values adversely affects human health".
Swisscom also stated
that 5G uses frequencies similar to 4G, which have already been
studies", and that Switzerland's regulatory limits were "10
times stricter than those recommended by the World Health
Swiss popular opinion
of 5G has been mixed, with a number of protests being held in
Bern, Zurich and Geneva against its roll-out.
Two cantons are
currently in the process of collecting 100,000 signatures, which
would require a legally binding national referendum to be held
on the use of 5G.
If this referendum ruled in favor of stopping the use of 5G, it
would be placed in Switzerland's constitution...