International experts speak in Michigan at wireless technology public policy forum

Senator Patrick Colbeck

Senator Patrick Colbeck

Benefits and risks discussed

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, announced on Thursday that over 200 people attended Tuesday’s Michigan Public Policy Forum held at the House Office Building at the state’s capitol.

The forum, entitled “Wireless Technologies: Benefits & Risks,” invited potential speakers from around the world to participate, including from the scientific community, industry, citizen groups, and governmental agencies. A full list of speakers and panel members can be found by clicking here.

“The forum yielded three key takeaways,” Sen. Colbeck said in summarizing the event. “First, it is possible to deploy wireless technology safely, but first we need to recognize that there are serious health risks that need to be mitigated. Second, harmful health impacts are not merely a point of conjecture. There is clear evidence of such impacts. Third, children are most vulnerable to these adverse health impacts.”

Sen. Colbeck said adverse health impacts identified at the forum by world renowned members of the medical research community included cancer and debilitating cardiovascular issues, such as heart arrhythmias. Additional risks to personal data privacy and national security were also identified.

A key point of discussion was the deployment of 5G networks. Legislation pertaining to this deployment is now on the desk of Gov. Snyder for consideration. This legislation would enable the equivalent of a cell tower for every two to 10 homes without any recourse for members of a given community to object.

Sen. Colbeck said that deployment of these networks in our neighborhoods will greatly increase exposure to wireless radiation.

“Wireless radiation is the number-one environmental issue of our day,” Sen. Colbeck said. “It impacts virtually all of our citizens. This forum clearly demonstrated that it is possible to provide our residents with access to the Internet of Things in a safe manner, but first we need to admit there is an issue with safety.”

The senator said a recorded video of the four-hour forum will soon be made available, and he was encouraged to hear from people who could not attend that they were working to see the forum replicated for the benefit of policymakers in other states.

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