Is 5G and the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ Sustainable? [Answer: NO, it’s NOT.]

[Please see also: 

Reducing Energy Use and EMR Exposure: An Introductory Packet
Excerpts and Resources from An Electronic Silent Spring

Wireless is NOT ‘Green’]


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Is 5G and the IoT Sustainable?

The average amount of power to charge a phone or a laptop is negligible, but the amount of power required to stream a video or use an app on either device invokes services from data centers distributed across the globe, each of which uses energy to perform various processes that travel through the network to the device.

                                                             Ingrid Burrington, Dec. 15, 2015 | The Atlantic

Government and the energy industry are very excited about the hoped for energy saving opportunities the IoE may provide.  Armed with an astronomical amount of data that will be generated by the IoE, industry expects it will be better equipped to 1) reduce peak load on the grid; 2) design new energy saving technologies; and 3) implement energy-saving programs to reduce consumption or shift load to off-peak times.  But these projections fail to include in their analysis the  of the IoE.

Government and the energy industry are very excited about the hoped for energy saving opportunities the IoE may provide.  Armed with an astronomical amount of data that will be generated by the IoE, industry expects it will be better equipped to 1) reduce peak load on the grid; 2) design new energy saving technologies; and 3) implement energy-saving programs to reduce consumption or shift load to off-peak times.  But these projections fail to include in their analysis the mega energy footprint of the IoE.  It is not at all certain that the IoE will ever succeed in offsetting its own fast growing and unbounded energy consumption. 

Wireless technology consumes far more energy than fiber, cable or DSL

Wireless technologies consume far more energy than do wired technologies.  According to Kris De Decker Why We Need a Speed Limit to the Internet, a wired connection is the most energy-efficient way to communicate digitally. If connection is made through a cellular network, energy use “soars.”  De Decker explains that 3G technologies use about 15 times more energy than wired connections, and 4G technologies consume 23 times more energy.  There is no data yet on 5G.  If the bulk of our Information Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure and transmissions were wired, such as Fiber to the Home (FTTH), the energy footprint from our “digital world” could be significantly reduced.  But because the IoE will greatly grow our dependence on wireless technologies, and because wireless consumes far more energy than wired alternatives, we are now facing an unprecedented and exponential growth in energy consumption.

Energy efficiency measures offset by usage

Digital technologies are becoming increasingly more energy efficient, and this trend will hopefully continue, at least for a while. (There is only a finite amount of efficiency possible.)  However, while we are making great strides in energy efficiency, more and more people are conducting greater portions of their lives online and spending greater amounts of time online.  Furthermore, not all online activities consume energy equally.  There is a hierarchy in energy consumption:  The written word is the least energy intensive.  Images consume more energy.  And, to date, by far the most energy-intensive online activity is watching videos and particularly, high definition videos which 5G is promising.  Online videos occupy an increasingly greater percentage of all online activity – restated, people are watching far more videos than ever before.

It is a common occurrence in digital technologies that improvements in energy efficiency of a particular device, bring about accompanying changes in usage of the device that often offset the hoped for energy savings. This is known as the “rebound effect”.  For example, a smart phone uses significantly less energy than does a desktop computer.  But due to the size of a smart phone, it can be carried around and used 24/7.  This increase in use thus negates, or significantly reduces, over-all energy savings.

We may presume that as more and more “things” in our world take up residence in the Cloud, people’s time online to connect with this data and their “digital selves” will also increase.  Bryon Walsh, Senior Editor at TIME, writes,

“As our lives migrate to the digital cloud — and as more and more wireless devices of all sorts become part of our lives — the electrons will follow.  And that shift underscores how challenging it will be to reduce electricity use and carbon emissions even as we become more efficient.”


1. Data centers:

In an IoE world, data collected from billions of machines, “things,” and devices, as well as from sensors integrated into our environment, will be stored and responded to in data centers.  The 2014 paper, Data Center Efficiency Assessment by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), reports that the 2 million computer servers in close to 3 million data centers that are used in the US for online activities “gulp enough electricity to power all of NYC’s households for 2 years.” 

The NRDC goes on to explain:

“Data center electricity consumption is projected to increase to roughly 140 billion kilowatt-hours annually by 2020, the equivalent annual output of 50 power plants, costing American businesses $13 billion annually in electricity bills and emitting nearly 100 million metric tons of carbon pollution per year.”  (Please note these figures were compiled well before the IoE.)

Greenpeace International explains it this way “If the Cloud were a country it would have the fifth largest energy demand in the world.”

Although plans are underway to build future data centers in places where cleaner energy sources are available, the fact remains that data centers already consume mega amounts of energy, and this is only going to increase with the IoE.


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Individual Cell Towers In Neighborhoods And On Community Streets Requested By Industry

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By Catherine J. Frompovich

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking the public’s comments about an issue of growing serious concerns for a great many informed consumers, especially those who understand the hidden dynamics of microwaves and their non-thermal radiation waves, regarding the placement of “small cell infrastructures”, i.e., small cell towers just about everywhere, including next to your home either on your street or within your immediate neighborhood!

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) invites public input on potential Commission actions to help expedite the deployment next generation wireless infrastructure by providing guidance on how federal law applies to local government review of wireless facility siting applications and local requirements for gaining access to rights of way. [….]

Although the facilities used in these networks are smaller and less obtrusive than traditional cell towers and antennas, they must be deployed more densely – i.e., in many more locations – to function effectively. As a result, local land-use authorities in many areas are facing substantial increases in the volume of siting applications for deployment of these facilities. This trend in infrastructure deployment is expected to continue, and even accelerate, as wireless providers begin rolling out 5G services. [1] [CJF emphasis added]

Folks, if you aren’t aware, the U.S. Air Force classifies the 5G range frequencies “as a weapon”!

More information about 5G is found at “8 Ways 5G and the Internet of Everything Will Impact Our Lives.” I point readers to the Health page, which I can’t encourage you enough to study.

All the ‘smart’ electronics and gadgets, especially smart phones, consumers have invited into their lives and so readily accepted as ‘benign’, while becoming ‘addicted’ to them, actually are putting more demands on resources for energy—how do you think all those cell towers operate? Thus the oxymoron about smart meters to conserve energy; no, they are tracking devices!

All the smart appliances (cell phones, Wi-Fi, etc. plus stingray surveillance tracking towers law enforcement uses without legal warrants — talk about Constitutional rights; where are the protesters regarding that) interact with respective networks, especially AMI Smart Meters, which utilities retrofit onto electric, natural gas and water services just about everywhere.

We now are living in a SEA of electronic pollution no one can see or smell, but millions of people experience the adverse health effects from non-thermal waves identified as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) or idiopathic electromagnetic intolerance (IEI) by the World Health Organization and that is the diagnostic term the medical profession uses.

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Immediate Action: Contact All US Senators concerning the Stop MOBILE NOW Act

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Dear EMF Stakeholders,

The FCC and industry are fast-tracking legislation that would take authority away from our municipalities in deciding whether or not we want the infrastructure needed for 5G and the Internet of Things. They did this back in 1997 too when they circumvented safety testing on cell phone technology then got the Telecommunications Act passed. That left our local authorities powerless as the industry put cell towers near homes, schools, hospitals, churches and senior housing. Many have become very ill, with no recourse.

Now the FCC and industry are trying to push through two bills in D.C. that will put small but extremely hazardous cell antennas in our neighborhoods on utility poles right outside our homes, schools, offices, everywhere. The 5G signal will carry huge doses of data faster, but not very far so the industry wants to install millions of these small cell antennas to carry the data from pole to pole. 5G will also use 3G and 4G technology so existing towers won’t come down; 5G will add to the electrosmog. These small cell antennas will pulse biologically hazardous microwave radiation at us 24/7 at close range. 

The way the Telecom Act is written today, industry is supposed to submit an application to town officials to put in antennas, and these new bills are trying to override this control measure for local authorities. Why is the FCC and industry in such a rush? The U.S. National Toxicology Program is in the middle of reporting out findings from a $25M multi-year study that has already found this radiation causes DNA damage, brain and heart tumors. More findings will come out in 2017. 

The industry leaders are not concerned with public health, they just want to be first to market. As soon as the NTP findings came out, they pushed to get approval to use the 5G spectrum. The Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA-The Wireless Association) did its own big cancer study in the 1990s which showed the same findings, but they didn’t inform the public. Instead, they crafted the Telecom Act and pushed cell phones and infrastructure on an unsuspecting public. Then they introduced wi-fi which exposes us even further indoors, and now they plan to roll out the Internet of Things and blanket our neighborhoods in radiation.

Please, don’t take my word on all of this, when you have time I encourage you to investigate on your own (thank you, Katie Singer, author of Invisible Silent Spring, and others for this great resourceon these two bills, and thank you world scientists for the EMF Scientists website which presents the facts on wireless radiation).

But for today, we need your voice (and every adult’s in your house) in two ways:

1. Call your U.S. Senators’ office with the following message; you can read it to the person who answers the phone, or leave it in voice mail. Phone numbers are given at the end of this email:

My name is ______ from (city/state) and I am calling to ask the Senator to Vote NO on MOBILE Now Act S.19 and DIGIT Act S.88 to stop 5G infrastructure and rollout of the Internet of Things. The National Toxicology Program has found the electromagnetic radiation used by wireless technology causes DNA damage, and brain and heart tumors. Non-industry funded studies all over the world report other short-and long-term biological effects, ranging from infertility, Alzheimer’s and autism to digital addiction, insomnia, headaches, skin rashes, learning disabilities, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety and more. Please VOTE NO on the MOBILE Now Act S.19 and DIGIT Act S.88. Please insist on public hearings, and send a clear message to industry that they need to work with non-industry funded scientists to develop biologically safe technology. Thank you.

2. Email your U.S. Senators with the following message; email links are given below:

Subject: Please Vote NO on MOBILE Now Act S.19 and DIGIT Act S.88
The National Toxicology Program has found the electromagnetic field (EMF) of radiation emitted by wireless technology causes DNA damage, and brain and heart tumors. Non-industry funded studies all over the world report other short-and long-term biological effects, ranging from infertility, Alzheimer’s and autism to digital addiction, insomnia, headaches, nausea, nose/ear bleeds, skin rashes, cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety and more. Children, fetuses, the elderly and those with known health compromises are especially vulnerable. See
If this subject is new to you, you will likely have questions as we have all rapidly adopted wireless technology into our lives. Please read this high-level three-page overview titled, “EMF Points of Confusion vs. Fact” at
The FCC and industry are trying to fast-track these bills which will take away local authority from communities to decide whether they want toxic 5G/Internet of Things infrastructure installed at the street-level on poles right outside homes, schools, and offices. Please insist on public hearings, and send a clear message to industry that they need to work with non-industry funded scientists to develop biologically safe technology. Retired Microsoft Canada President Frank Clegg assures us they can, if given a nudge. See
Please VOTE NO on the MOBILE Now Act S.19 and DIGIT Act S.88. Thank you.

This is how the system works. They log your call, then print out your email for the legislator. Multiple calls and emails get their attention. If there is no activity, or very little, the industry wins.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email. I hope you will take another ten minutes to call and send an email to your legislators before your head hits the pillow tonight. The Senate will vote on this any day now, and most do not even know wireless is hazardous yet. They’ve only heard the benefits from persuasive industry lobbyists.

Thank you for the courage to use your voice in a way that might really make a difference in our world!

Warm regards,

Cece Doucette



Sessions, Jeff – (R – AL) (202) 224-4124 Contact: 

Shelby, Richard C. – (R – AL) (202) 224-5744 Contact: 



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Please Act NOW to Stop MOBILE NOW act S.19 and DIGIT act S.88

Below is some helpful information about how to stop the MOBILE NOW and DIGIT acts, which would put small cell antennas outside every couple of homes AND in public right of ways with NO recourse. They would also take away our ability to fight these antennas, as the Telecommunications Act of 1996 already does. 

These bills are as bad as they get.


Possibly even today. This is priority #1 right now. Below I’ve put together a simple list of all the telephone numbers for every senator. We need to keep their phones ringing off the hook so they can’t ignore us. You can print it out if you wish and mark down who you’ve called and who’s left; you can keep this right next to your telephone.

Thanks all. Hopefully some of you find this useful:

MOBILE NOW Act S.19 and DIGIT Act S.88 – ACT NOW!


DIGIT Act S.88

Senator Telephone Numbers – CALL ALL 100 SENATORS IF YOU CAN!

Called? (202) 224-XXXX Senator (last name)
4944 Alexander
5653 Baldwin
6441 Barrasso
5852 Bennet
2823 Blumenthal
5721 Blunt
3224 Booker
4843 Boozman
2315 Brown
3154 Burr
3441 Cantwell
6472 Capito
4524 Cardom
2441 Carper
6324 Casey
5824 Cassidy
5054 Cochran
2523 Collins
5042 Coons
3344 Corker
2934 Cornyn
3542 Cortez Masto
2353 Cotton
6142 Crap
5922 Cruz
2651 Daines
4814 Donnelly
2854 Duckworth
2152 Durbin
3424 Enzi
3254 Ernst
3841 Feinstein
6551 Fischer
4521 Flake
5641 Franken
5941 Gardner
4451 Gillibrand
5972 Graham
3744 Grassley
3553 Harris
3324 Hassan
5251 Hatch
5521 Heinrich
2043 Heitkamp
6244 Heller
6361 Hirono
2551 Hoeven
4721 Inhofe
3643 Isakson
5323 Johnson
4024 Kaine
4623 Kennedy
5344 King
3244 Klobuchar
5754 Lankford
4242 Leahy
5444 Lee
3954 Manchin
2742 Markey
2235 McCain
6154 McCaskill
2541 McConnell
4744 Menendez
3753 Merkley

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5G and the “IoT” Set to Wreak Even Greater Biological Havoc

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Some have dubbed plans for a new network of extremely high millimeter wave 5G small-cell antennas  as “smart meters on steroids.”

There is no doubt that the telecom’s industry’s plans for a massive 5G deployment (on top of the existing 4G towers and smart meter mesh networks) represent the single biggest threat to our safety, health, privacy and cyber-security since smart grid deployments began.  It’s incumbent on every person aware of the facts to take action and voice opposition- on the record- to these reckless and invasive plans. For more details on what exactly “5G” entails, check out the new website


Action to Stop 5G Required: Comment on FCC Website by Feb. 6th: The FCC (Frequently Causing Cancer or Federal Communications Commission?) is seeking Comment on STREAMLINING DEPLOYMENT OF SMALL CELL INFRASTRUCTURE BY IMPROVING WIRELESS FACILITIES SITING POLICIES — The intention is to make the siting process for 5G infrastructure easier and faster than it already is!Comments are due by Feb. 6th, 2017. See here for more details from the FCC website. 

This federal proceeding is the latest attempt to pre-empt local government authority in regulating the placement of a massive network of small cell sites in the public right-of way.That means that a strong, super high frequency antenna could be installed by an unaccountable global corporation outside your bedroom window or inside the office where you work without any notice to you, and with no meaningful way to contest the placement. This has profound implications for community rights, environmental health, and democracy- even property values are threatened by this giant “taking” by Verizon and the rest of the gang of our public (and private) spaces. To make matters worse, 5G networks are already being used as justification for severing our critical landline telephone networks, subjecting an already EMF-saturated population to mandatory wireless usage for voice communication.

This is not some far off threat. Telecom companies are already deploying 5G technologies in British Columbia, the San Francisco Bay Arearural Virginia, and elsewhere.

Fight Back Now– Start Here: Detailed instructions on how to submit an official comment to the FCC as well as brief sample testimony is available by downloading this pdf guide, created by the people at, an excellent critical and factual resource raising awareness about the predatory nature of the industry’s 5G plans where you live.

Speaking of predatory, check out the new article at, “We’re Being Hunted by Smart Meters and the Internet of Things” about how extending the internet to “everything” makes us all into prey.


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Court Documents Reveal How Feds Spied On Connected Cars For 15 Years

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By Swati Khandelwal

It’s not always necessary to break into your computer or smartphone to spy on you. Today all are day-to-day devices are becoming more connected to networks than ever to add convenience and ease to daily activities.

But here’s what we forget: These connected devices can be turned against us because we are giving companies, hackers, and law enforcement a large number of entry points to break into our network.

These connected devices can also be a great boon for law enforcement that can listen and track us everywhere.

Let’s take the recent example of 2016 Arkansas murder case where Amazon was asked to hand over audio recordings from a suspect’s Echo.

However, that was not the first case where feds asked any company to hand over data from a suspect’s connected device, as they have long retrieved such information from connected cars.

According to court documents obtained by Forbes, United States federal agencies have a 15-year history of “Cartapping” — where vehicle tech providers are ordered to hand over almost real-time audio and location data from a user.

How Police Have Spied On Connected-Cars For Years?

Example? In 2014, satellite radio and telematics provider SiriusXM provided location information of a Toyota 4-Runner following a warrant by New York police, which was recently unsealed.

The warrant asked SiriusXM “to activate and monitor as a tracking device the SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio installed on the Target Vehicle” for ten days, and the company admitted to Forbes that it complied with the order.

How did SiriusXM achieve this? The company simply turned on the stolen vehicle recovery feature of its Connected Vehicle Services technology on the target vehicle, Toyota 4-Runner. It’s like Apple turning on the Find My iPhone feature to track a customer’s location, the court documents [PDF] says.

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Police Now Taught To Use Smart Appliances And Gadgets In Crime Investigations

By Claire Bernish

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Thanks to what’s known as the Internet of Things — the growing number of ‘smart’ devices and appliances connected to the Web and to each other — will be used by police to solve violent crimes.Your fridge, law enforcement says, might help solve a murder.

However beneficial that sounds, it indicates a number of circumstances to send chills down the spines of privacy rights advocates — or anyone who doesn’t find the idea of, say, a washing machine spying on their every move.

“Wireless cameras within a device, such as fridge, may record the movement of owners and suspects,” Metropolitan Police head of the digital, cyber and communications forensics unit, Mark Stokes told The Times.

Doorbells that connect directly to apps on a user’s phone can show who has rung the door and the owner or others may then remotely, if they choose, to give controlled access to the premises while away from the property.

All these leave a log and a trace of activity. The crime scene of tomorrow is going to be the internet of things.

Stokes explained detectives are already being trained to hunt for such devices at crime scenes in order to map both victims’ and suspects’ digital footprints. So many appliances and personal devices are now linked to the Internet under the premise of convenience, Stokes’ assessment isn’t an exaggeration.

Indeed, many privacy advocates and domestic surveillance critics — like whistleblower Edward Snowden — have long warned the consumer culture’s lust for convenience and saving time would usurp more rational goal of keeping the government’s prying eyes out of our homes.

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“Cell Phone Radiation is Microwave Radiation” – Music Video

Inspired by WHO: “Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk” 
by Danielle Dellorto, May 31, 2011

Video supplied by the people at Pesky La Pew. With thanks.

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Florida Public Service Commission [FPSC] Betrays FPL Ratepayers Yet Again, Approves FPL’s Unjustified Rate Hike!


[COMMENT: In the case of Gov. Rick Scott, being “pro-business” means giving EVERYTHING to big businesses like FPL, and NOTHING to hardworking families, consumers, and retirees. The current FPSC entirely reflects this philosophy.

And of course, with this decision, there will be no relief for countless FPL customers being harmed by so-called “smart” meter radiation, or those principled people who refuse to pay FPL’s extortionate so-called “opt-out” fees.]


FPL’s multi-year rate-increase request approved

Florida Power & Light’s residential customers will see their bills increase each year through 2019 following the state Public Service Commission’s approval Tuesday of a negotiated rate-hike settlement.

The first increase will take effect in January, when a typical 1,000-kWh residential user’s bill will jump about $7, from about $91.56 currently to $98.77. That bill would jump to $102.50 in January 2018 and then to $103.70 in June 2019 before declining to $102.97 in January 2020.

The five-member commission approved the rate increase unanimously without discussing objections by intervenors that did not sign onto the settlement, including the Sierra Club and AARP. The Sierra Club opposes further expansion of natural gas plants as harmful to the environment, while AARP argued the proposal guaranteed the utility’s shareholders an unusually high profit and called instead for a $300 million rate decrease for residential customers next year.

“Today’s decision demonstrates what observers of Florida utilities regulation have long believed — this system is simply not hearing the voices of residential consumers,” AARP Florida’s state director, Jeff Johnson, said in a statement released after the commission vote. “Even before this ruling, FPL stood to make $1.6 billion in profit over the next four years. Now FPL gets even more.”

Responding to AARP’s criticism of FPL’s profits as too high, utility spokeswoman Alys Daly said that FPL’s electric rates are currently 30 percent lower than the national average and will remain lower than its 2006 rates after the increases are fully phased in. “The average AARP member in Florida pays less than the average AARP member in the rest of the country,” Daly said.





Lets FPL off the hook on conservation, renewables


AARP Florida Disappointed In Public Service Commission’s Side Deal With Florida Power & Light
Utility Monopoly Gets Unanimous OK From Government Panel for Unwarranted Rate Increase

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Captured Agency: How the FCC Is Dominated by the Industries It Presumably Regulates


Captured agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is dominated by the industries it presumably regulates. By Norm Alster. Cambridge, MA:  Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University.  2015.

PDF:  (free)
Kindle: ($0.99 — check out the book reviews)

FCC filing:

Overview: This exposé provides insight into how the FCC became a victim of regulatory capture by industry and the implications of these corrupting influences for our health and safety, our privacy, and our wallets.

This book concludes with a series of recommendations by its author, Norm Alster, an investigative journalist, who has written for the New York TimesForbesBusiness Week, and Investor’s Business Daily.  He wrote this book while serving as a journalism fellow with the Investigative Journalism Project at Harvard University.


Perhaps the best example of how the FCC is tangled in a chain of corruption is the cell tower and antenna infrastructure that lies at the heart of the phenomenally successful wireless industry.

Personally, I don‘t believe that just because something can be done it should heedlessly be allowed. Murder, rape and Ponzi schemes are all doable but subject to prohibition and regulation. Government regulators have the responsibility to examine the consequences of new technologies and act to at least contain some of the worst. Beyond legislators and regulators, public outrage and the courts can also play a role but these can be muffled indefinitely by misinformation and bullying.

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