By Camilla Rees, Feb 17, 2019 | Original letter here.
To: Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
From: Camilla Rees, Senior Policy Advisor, National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy ('NISLAPP')
Date: February 17, 2019
Re: Report on The Grave Mistake of Antenna Densification in the US – “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks”
Enclosed please find a link to a paper published by the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (NISLAPP) in 2018, “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks”, which is directly relevant to your Committee hearing “Winning the Race to 5G and the Next Era of Technology Innovation in the United States.”
We strongly recommend all Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation read this report, and accompanying Press Release materials.
Feb 17, 2019 Press Release
Feb 17, 2019 Media Advisory
Feb 5, 2018 audio recording from the Commmonwealth Club, including the paper’s author, Dr. Timothy Schoechle
These documents explain the history of how and why the U.S. has favored wireless transmission for internet access networks over far superior hard-wired technologies . . . and how legislators have been misled about the adequacy of wireless Internet for America.
“Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks” explains, from more than ten important angles, why “fiber to the premises” (“FTTP”) — rather than the planned extreme density 4G and 5G Wireless antenna installations — will strengthen U.S. telecommunications, national security and the U.S. economy. Each of these angles (also listed on the attached postcard) are very important to your constituents.
The key learning is that wireless networks are not as fast, secure, reliable or energy-efficient as wired systems, no matter what the telecom industry may tell you.
The U.S. should instead be investing in hard-wired telecommunications infrastructure to support economic growth, bridge the digital divide and diminish risks to security, privacy, public health and the environment.
Thank you for your attention to this important report, “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks”, whereby you will be informed by parties without commercial conflicts of interest of the many extremely important misunderstandings guiding the present enthusiasm for further ‘antenna densification’ and 5G.
It is essential Members of your Committee, and all of Congress, understand the grave mistake underway with regard to telecommunications infrastructure, that will not serve the interests of the American people, and will seriously harm and disadvantage our country in many regards.
Very truly yours,
Camilla R. G. Rees
Senior Policy Advisor
National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy
1601 18th Street, NW, Suite 4
Washington DC 20009