The rollout of 5-G mobile internet infrastructure has delayed in Brussels, due to worries that mobile phones cause cancer & the inability of science to prove otherwise.
The spokesperson for Brussels anti-cellular activists’ grONDES, Olivier Galand, stated that we are not conspiracy theorists. The group puts the blame on electrosmog, which is emitted from cell phone towers, for causing severe health problems ranging from cancer to weaker bones and they are making sure that politicians get aware of it.
Galand told that they are not against the technology, they are just asking that the technology should respect health.
Although there is insufficient evidence existing that connects cell phone radiation to health problems, the absence of long-term studies has driven community opposition towards mobile phone system infrastructure like antenna towers. The opposition is raising concerns among policymakers as Europe prepares to spend billions on novel equipment to support new 5-G systems.
The science behind the decision of Brussels to put a brake on the roll-out of the 5-G is at best inconclusive.
With the inability of scientist to definitively rule out that mobile radiation is hazardous, grONDES’ skepticism is gaining more weight and Brussels, which is the capital of Belgium & home to EU policymaking, is a hotspot of concern.
In April, the Belgian region inclusive of Brussels stopped work on its new 5-G network, citing ambiguity about its health effects. Once projected to be online in 2020, work on the network is now halted pending further study. Galand & GRONDES, which were involved in the protest against the up-gradation, claim credit for the turnaround.
System of Brussels ran into trouble when the Environment Minister of the region, Céline Fremault, became suspicious that the 5G network would not respect radiation limits. He said that the people of Brussels are not lab mice. He told this to a Belgian newspaper L’Echo.