December 28, 2020 | By BN Frank | Activist Post | Source
“High speed internet is achievable, safer and more secure with a wired internet connection (see 1, 2) – not 5G or WiFi. Americans have paid to have this already (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is still providing hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars for satellites to be launched for broadband. Warnings and opposition continue to be published (see 1, 2, 3). Another one was recently written by a Vanderbilt Law professor.
Mega satellite constellations, such as SpaceX’s Starlink, have the ability to connect humans across the globe in a way never before possible. However, the unprecedented deployment of tens of thousands of satellites into orbit around Earth creates the risk of altering the night sky for astronomers and the public for decades to come, as well as the risk of polluting the environment through the use of toxic satellite components. The Federal Communications Commission considers commercial-satellite projects categorically excluded from environmental review despite the National Environmental Policy Act’s requirement that federal agencies review projects for their environmental effects. A court would likely strike down the FCC’s categorical exclusion for its lack of specificity and find that the agency is required to review commercial-satellite projects since they are likely to have direct, indirect, and cumulative effects on the environment. To prevent a challenge in court, the FCC should use NASA’s satellite project review model and complete an environmental assessment of commonly used satellite components so that future commercial-satellite projects using those components do not need to go through an environmental assessment during their application process. This would create standards in the commercial-satellite industry that promote economic growth and stability while complying with Congress’s mandate to the federal government to proactively consider the environmental impacts of its actions.
Ryan, Ramon J., The Fault in Our Stars: Challenging the FCC’s Treatment of Commercial Satellites as Categorically Excluded from Review Under the National Environmental Policy Act (May 1, 2020). Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3735092
American 5G opposition continues to increase for a variety of reasons in addition to health and environmental risks (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7). Federal agencies and credible experts claim that it threatens aviation safety, jobs, national security, public safety, and weather forecasting accuracy (see 1, 2, 3). Recently, the Government Accountability Officeacknowledged severe challenges with 5G deployment as well.”