Announcing public policy forum on wireless technologies: smart meters, cell phones, Wi-Fi and 5G

Senator Patrick Colbeck

Senator Patrick Colbeck

Benefits and risks to be addressed

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, announced on Tuesday that he will lead a public forum titled “Wireless Technologies: Benefits & Risks” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 1 – 5 p.m. in the Mackinac Room on the 5th floor of the House Office Building in Lansing.

The forum will feature scientific researchers, policy advocates, industry leaders, and government policy makers from across the nation who will be addressing both the benefits and risks of wireless technologies.

“The Internet of Things offers much in the way of convenience, economic opportunity and efficiency,” Colbeck said. “We can still leverage the benefits of wireless technology while taking steps to mitigate the significant risks it entails. These risks include adverse health impacts such as cancer, loss of personal data security and impairment of national security. A robust and responsible analysis of both the benefits and risks of wireless technologies has been a missing but important discussion that we need to have here in Michigan.”

The public forum will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 1 – 5 p.m. in the House Office Building located across the street from the Capitol at 124 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing. A list of currently invited speakers, subject to confirmation, can be found by clicking here.

Colbeck, an aerospace engineer who designed cabling systems aboard the International Space Station, recently submitted a Wireless Radiation Policy Guidance brief to government representatives in Michigan and Washington, D.C. The policy brief is available by clicking here.

“Our state has taken significant steps to mitigate environmental concerns pertaining to PFAS and lead contamination in communities throughout our state,” said Colbeck. “We now need to address the environmental impact of expanding wireless technologies, which impact all ten million residents of Michigan.”

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