A group of campaigners fighting the rollout of 5G in the UK have made gains after crowdfunding more than £100,000 for a legal challenge.
‘Action Against 5G’ will use the money to hire barrister Michael Mansfield QC to represent them in a legal battle against the UK Government.
Following the announcement, Mansfield sent a letter before action to the government with the aim of taking the case to the High Court to be heard in full and to force a judicial review.
The organisation stated on its website that: “Nothing other than a legal challenge will force a government to take notice; this is the only way to ensure the government engages with the issue.”
They believe that the Government and scientists have failed to take notice of the potential dangers of the technology on public health, stating on their website that 5G will result in “unprecedented exposure to a particular type of phased radiation at frequencies that have never been used in consumer applications before.”
However, members of the scientific community have ruled-out any idea that the radio waves or radiation frequencies harm humans.
In March of this year, experts at the Germany-based International Commission on Non‐Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) said that 5G poses no threat to public health. The organisation said that output levels, although currently the highest frequency version of the world’s telecoms standard, are still “significantly below the new maximum” after updating guidelines for the first time in 20 years.
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At the time, ICNIRP chair Dr Eric van Rongen said: “We know parts of the community are concerned about the safety of 5G and we hope the updated guidelines will help put people at ease.
“The guidelines have been developed after a thorough review of all relevant scientific literature, scientific workshops and an extensive public consultation process. They provide protection against all scientifically substantiated adverse health effects due to [electromagnetic field] exposure in the 100 kHz to 300 GHz range.”
A report carried out by Glastonbury council surrounding the safety of 5G in the town was ‘hijacked’ by conspiracy theorists in May.
It called on the government to begin an enquiry into the safety of 5G networks in the town, but some group members claimed the report was “hijacked” by conspiracy activists and “faith healers” talking about the dangers of 5G to public health.
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A spokesperson from the Scotland 5G Centre told DIGIT there is “absolutely no credible scientific evidence” to back up any of the misinformation spread online about 5G.
“Public Health England, Ofcom, and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) have all recently released reports and findings which have debunked the myths surrounding 5G; the technology and infrastructure involved are highly regulated, well understood, and has been in use for years through 3G and 4G,” the statement reads.
“Telecommunications have never been more important than they are now, helping people to communicate during the lockdown, supporting public services, and enabling businesses to keep operating and people employed.
“5G will have an even more important role to play as we begin to build a resilient economy in Scotland and recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. At times like these, we need to embrace new technologies that will better help us overcome the challenges still ahead, rather than campaign against them.”
Conspiracy theories have not stopped the Scottish Government looking towards more adoption of 5G. Recent research carried out by Vodaphone concluded that a faster roll-out of 5G could boost Scotland’s economic output by more than £12 billion.
Commenting on the research, Nick Jeffrey, CEO of Vodafone UK, said that: “5G will play a vital role as the economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is crucial to recognise the role that fast and reliable connectivity will play in unlocking the digital potential that exists in every region across the country.
“5G will provide new and exciting opportunities for businesses of all shapes and sizes across all sectors.”