Environmental Health Trust and Dr. Devra Davis are featured in this CBS17 News story on 5G transmitters coming to Raleigh North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Our need for internet speed seems to grow with each new device we get, but the networks that supply our connections are lagging.

That’s why service providers are working on the next generation of wireless networks  – called 5G.

Now, we’ve learned 5G is coming to Raleigh.

In a surprise move, AT&T says Raleigh and Charlotte will be added to a list of cities nationwide that will see 5G service before the end of the year.

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5G, or fifth-generation wireless, is 10 to 20 times faster than the current 4G network, but it works in a different way.

The 5G system uses high frequency waves, but those signals don’t travel as far as current wireless frequencies and are more easily blocked by structures.

So, to combat that, 5G needs many, many more transceivers.

Instead of relying on larger cell phone towers spread far apart, 5G networks require small cell sites which are closer together meaning they’ll be as common as utility poles are now.

With all those transceivers everywhere, some researchers are worried about the effects of those radio frequencies.

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Last March, researchers spent three days In Durham at the Conference at the National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences talking about radio frequencies.

The researchers said they found clear evidence that phone radiation caused tumors in the hearts of rats, similar to the kinds of tumors found in humans.

“While a given animal is not making a cell phone call, they are, throughout their short two-year lifetime getting the same exposure that we expect people to get in their 70-plus years of life,” said Dr. Devra Davis of the  Environmental Health Trust.

Get the full story at https://www.cbs17.com/news/investigators/at-t-adding-faster-5g-service-to-raleigh-charlotte/1318092233

CBS17 News: AT&T adding faster 5G service to Raleigh, Charlotte