Attorney William Sosis sent legal letters on 5G Technology to the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Town of Mansfield detailing the health, privacy and legal issues of 5G technology.
The New Jersey State Bar Association’s promotion of 5G Technology
On July 31, 2018, the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) held a continuing legal education seminar on 5G Technology titled “Antennas in the Rights of Way – 5G Technology is Coming Soon!“. In a November 7, 2018 open letter sharply criticizing the seminar, attorney William Sosis writes how each speaker had financial ties to the wireless industry and how the NJSBA’s promotion of 5G Technology is a “disservice to its members, the image of the profession, the rule of law, and the public interest.”
“The boost that 5G technology will give to intrusions on privacy rights and civil liberties is astronomical. The collection and processing of big data through existing and new devices connected to the Internet-of-Things will allow telecoms and utility companies more access to people’s private information. It is common sense that telecoms and utility companies will monetize this personal data. They will know what people are doing in their homes, when they’re doing it, and how often they do it. They will provide this data to law enforcement and sell it to third parties. They will inundate the public with targeted advertising, promotions, use predictive analytics for knowing what people will buy, which prices to raise or lower and which products to make.”
Local Governments’ Failure to Oppose 5G Deployment is Groundless
Many local governments are gratuitously awarding permits on the ground that they are “afraid” to be sued or that their “hands are tied” due to FCC rules limiting their authority to control the public right-of-way. In a March 5, 2021 letter to his local government, attorney William Sosis details the importance of Section 332(c)(7)(A) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TCA96). He writes: “The General Authority under section 332(c)(7)(A) provides [local governments] with many powers to control installations of wireless devices. This section preserves local authority power to enact ordinances that control and regulate the placement of wireless facilities.”
“These antennas emit millimeter and sub-millimeter microwaves, and operate at extremely high frequencies between 30 GHz and 300 GHz. The radiation exposure from these antennas is continuous, and vastly increases the dose emitted by cell phone towers. The radiation is easily absorbed in your skin, through the cornea of your eye, and is similar to airport passenger screening scanners, which have been linked to cancers. Besides risks to the health and safety of residents, the antennas will reduce property values. Studies report a 20% drop in property values in cell tower communities. Other studies show 94% of people surveyed would not buy or rent a home next to a cell tower. In addition, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, these microwave antennas will have ”substantial adverse impacts” on taxpayers, essential local government services, and increase the risk of right-of-way and other public safety hazards. “
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