By the Numbers: FCC Ignored China Risk and Telecom Health Issues for 20 years, Covid 19 Increased E-waste 5x; 5G Coming to a Pole Near You, Can You Hear Me Now?

By Patricia Burke

“And the stark simple fact is, the health hazards are unknown and unstudied, and that is a sign of neglect and disregard on the part of the FCC.” – Senator Richard Blumenthal.

FCC and National Security

Amidst much security concern about the involvement of China in the roll-out of the new 5th generation telecommunications network, today, a U.S. senate report reveals that the FCC did not monitor Chinese telecom companies operating in the U.S. for over 20 years.

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As reported by ArsTechnica:

The Federal Communications Commission and other US agencies have failed to properly oversee Chinese telecom companies that operate in the United States, according to a bipartisan Senate report released today.

After a year-long investigation, the staff report by the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations “found that the FCC and ‘Team Telecom’—an informal group comprised of officials from the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Defense—have failed to monitor these three Chinese government-owned carriers,” a joint announcement by the subcommittee’s Republican and Democratic leaders said. The three carriers the subcommittee referred to are China Telecom Americas (CTA), China Unicom Americas (CUA), and ComNet USA. The companies “operated in the US for nearly 20 Years with little to no oversight from the federal government,” the senators’ announcement said.

“The Chinese government engages in cyber and economic espionage efforts against the United States and may use telecommunications carriers operating in the United States to further these efforts,” the report said.

The report comes two months after the FCC stepped up its scrutiny of telecom companies controlled by the Chinese government. The FCC issued orders to China Telecom, China Unicom, ComNet, and ComNet owner Pacific Networks, directing them “to explain why the Commission should not start the process of revoking their domestic and international section authorizations enabling them to operate in the United States.” But the FCC and other agencies had previously failed to exercise proper oversight of these companies, the Senate report said.

The lack of oversight described in the report occurred during both Republican and Democratic administrations. “An FCC spokesman said the commission looks forward to reviewing the Senate report,” according to a Reuters article today.


China’s involvement is not the only issue that the FCC has not monitored for over 20 years…like pain meds and addiction, human health has not been monitored for over 20 years.

Pain Management and Unintended Consequences of the 1990s: Opioids

At first many in the medical community were not worried about drug addiction.

The 1990s brought us PlayStation, PalmPilot, Tickle Me Elmo, Nintendo 64, and DVD players, the Dodge Viper, the Ford Explorer, and the Hummer. It was also the genesis of the current opioid addiction epidemic.

A 2012 report from the U of Nebraska Medical Center newsroom noted:

“Remember, the nineties was the decade of treatment of pain,” Dr. Hassan said. There was a shift in medicine, a change in policy. “An important aspect of that was to consider pain as the fifth vital sign.”

Rate your pain

You’ll see it often in doctors’ offices and clinics: signs on the wall that urge you to rank your discomfort from 1-10.

And there’s good reason for that, Dr. Hassan said. Pain is a serious thing, and should be treated as such.

“The experience of pain is not only somatic. It’s not just the nerve being stimulated,” Dr. Hassan said. Acute pain can affect not just quality of life, but quality of health. You can even see it in a person’s vital signs.

“When you solve acute pain, all that tends to normalize,” Dr. Hassan said.

The wave begins

It’s no wonder the medical field started to emphasize the treatment of pain. But with that came a lot of drugs.

In 2011, Hydrocodone — a narcotic — was the most prescribed drug in America, according to WebMD.

Addiction issue not foreseen

At first many in the medical community were not worried about drug addiction.

“The pain patient can be treated with narcotics with little risk of developing the self-destructive behavior characteristic of addiction,” concluded a 1990 report “The Use of Narcotics for the Treatment of Chronic Pain,” by the Sacramento-El Dorado Medical Society.

Perfectly suited for addiction

But, Dr. Hassan noted in 2012, the makeup of many of these drugs are compatible with addiction in that they absorb very fast, and the half-life of the medicine staying in your system goes very fast. And then you want another.

“The opiates are very addictive for that reason,” Dr. Hassan said.


Fast Forward to 2020: Not Unlike Narcotics, Cellphone and Tech Addiction, Even in Children

“And the stark simple fact is, the health hazards are unknown and unstudied, and that is a sign of of neglect and disregard on the part of the FCC.”- Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Results of a 2016 Common Sense Media Report found that 50 percent of teens “feel addicted” to mobile devices, while 59 percent of parents surveyed believe that kids are addicted to their devices. This survey also showed that 72 percent of teens and 48 percent of parents feel the need to immediately respond to texts, social-networking messages, and other notifications; 69 percent of parents and 78 percent of teens check their devices at least hourly.

A 2018 Pew Research Report showed that 45 percent of teens said they use the Internet “almost constantly,” and another 44 percent said they go online several times a day. According to this report, 50 percent of teenage girls are “near-constant” online users, compared to 39 percent of teenage boys. 95 percent of teens have access to a smartphone.


Fast Forward to 2020: Telecom Industry E-waste and Conflict Minerals

In Bahrain, experts from France and elsewhere noted that,

The rate of electronic waste generation has exploded by as much as five times due to an increased use of electronic devices during the Covid-19 pandemic as users stay connected like never before, an online digital debate hosted in Bahrain heard, writes Naman Arora.

A leading environmental expert expressed concern over the hidden cost of technological advancements at a webinar staged by the French Embassy in the kingdonm in commemoration of World Environment Day.

“Our smart phones alone use up to 50 different rare earth metals and minerals, which all have very environmentally-destructive methods of extraction,” said French sustainability expert in digital pollution Céline Ferre. “This has already led to a global loss of biodiversity, much higher energy consumption and rapid resource depletion, especially in emerging markets.”

This comes as the number of devices globally is set to increase from its current 22 billion to as much as 110 billion, she revealed, as a result of an increased reliance on the ‘Internet of Things’ in which a variety of household devices are connected online. ‘

With the advent of artifical intelligence, cloud computing and cryptocurrency mining, energy consumption has already risen dramatically, since these applications require the use of large server farms which consume more electricity and generate significant e-waste.

Around 52 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated in 2019, according to a report by the United Nations University and while there are sustainable ways to recycle discarded devices, most companies employ low-cost, low-efficiency methods that end up having a worse environmental impact.

According to Ebrahim Hasan, IT specialist and board member of Clean up Bahrain, companies that handle sensitive data also refrain from recycling because of the risk of data leakage and corporate espionage, since most recycling companies do not employ proper data scrubbing protocol.

While e-waste is merely 1.5 per cent of the total waste generated globally, it often has a much more drastic impact, due to the metals and minerals used seeping into the ground when discarded inappropriately.


Fast Forward to 2020: What About You? A Spiritual Treatise on Ignorance as it Pertains to Wireless:

Do you know everything? about telecommunications, environment and health?

Do you know a lot or nothing? about telecommunications, environment and health?

Do you know enough? about telecommunications, environment and health?

Can you learn more? about telecommunications, environment and health?

Are you open to new knowledge and perspective? about telecommunications, environment and health?

Can you think about telecom and wireless the way that you now think about opioids? or Monsanto? or Johnson and Johnson and Uterine Cancer? Or Asbestos?

Fast Forward to 2020: The Telecommunications Industry, Wireless, and Health, Now is the Time For All Good Men to Come to Aid of Those Questioning 5G

In 2018 the FCC added a new Office of Economics and Analytics (OEA). The new OEA will at long last put economic analysis at the heart of Commission decision-marking.


The FCC did not add any health expertise to its ranks.

On June 9th the FCC voted on the “5G Upgrade Order” (WT Docket No. 19-250), a Declaratory Ruling that accelerates 5G deployments across the country, and further limit local control over the rollout.

5G is coming to a pole near you.

The FCC did not consider health.

No 5G Pre-market Health Studies Either, None at all

Here is a press release noting Ct. Senator Richard Blumenthal questioning industry representatives about health studies.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal blasts FCC and FDA for failing to conduct any research into the safety of 5G technology, and instead, engaging in bureaucratic finger-pointing and deferring to industry

A local news video here:

Video: Lawmakers raise concerns over 5G technology

“And the stark simple fact is, the health hazards are unknown and unstudied.
and that is a sign of of neglect and disregard on the part of the FCC.” – Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Can you hear me now?

Support the CDC Lawsuit:

Robert Kennedy Jr.’s Legal Team Sues FCC – The team includes RFK, Jr., IRREGULATORs’ Attorney Scott W. McCollough & Dafna Tachover, CHD’s Director of Stop 5G & Wireless Harms

About The Case

On December 4, 2019, the FCC adopted an order affirming the adequacy of their 1996 wireless radiation exposure safety guidelines. These guidelines are at the core of the fraud perpetrated on the public that wireless technology is safe. Their guidelines ignore the overwhelming evidence of harm, scientific and human. By adopting and maintaining irrelevant guidelines, the FCC has enabled and forced the uncontrolled proliferation of wireless technology and now 5G. This has led to a growing epidemic of sickness among children and adults, and it has caused harm to animals, plants and the ecosystem at large.

In 2012, the General Accountability Office of Congress published a report, recommending that the FCC reassess its 1996 guidelines. As a result, in 2013, the FCC opened docket 13-84 asking for public comment. This docket was open for 6 years. On December 4, 2019, the FCC officially closed the docket and affirmed the adequacy of its guidelines without proper assessment.


SUCCESS! CHD Forced FCC to Publish in Federal Register, Blocking It from Dismissing Lawsuits

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Patricia Burke works with activists across the country and internationally calling for new biologically-based microwave radio frequency exposure limits. .

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