Big tech has big plans, including 5G, smart cities, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
5G and microcells are not about bringing broadband to underserved communities or filling existing coverage gaps. They are about data control, marketing, and money. They represent an era when technology no longer serves us, but shapes us. At a presentation he gave to The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in December 2016, respected industry expert Dr. H. Anthony Chan, a Senior Researcher with China’s Huawei Technologies, was asked about the basic motivation driving 5G. His response: “…if technology does not change, the company will die…it is about more jobs…engineering and manufacturing.” Chan added, “people must buy a new phone.”
Put simply, we are told 5G is about progress, but it is about profit. It will add to the harmful toxic burden created by existing 3G, 4G and wireless technologies. It also gives governments a handy tool for surveillance and control.