“If you are one of the millions who seek faster downloads of movies, games and virtual pornography, a solution is at hand, that is, if you do not mind volunteering your living body in a giant uncontrolled experiment on the human population.” – Dr. Devra Davis, President of the Environmental Health Trust
Welcome to the brave new world of 5G.
The fifth generation of mobile communications networks has begun encroaching on our public space over the course of the last decade. On April 3, Verizon flipped the switch in the US cities of Chicago and Minneapolis, making the telecom company the first carrier in the world to make the 5G network accessible to properly equipped devices. As many as 30 other U.S. cities will get access to Verizon’s Ultra Wideband network in 2019. The service is being embraced through various other providers to other countries, including Canada, over the course of the next year. 
The big pitch is that the networks dramatically increase the speed of wireless communications. Not only will this innovation improve download speeds of high definition video, it will allow for virtually instantaneous connections between gadgets, thereby allowing for everything from virtual reality game-playing in real time, to driver-less cars with much better reaction times than humans (thereby reducing the likelihood of traffic fatalities) to surgeons in far-away communities able to conduct delicate surgeries using robotic mechanisms. 
Intriguing as these technological novelties may be, they do come with a significant downside. A multitude of peer-reviewed scientific studies have pointed to the negative health impacts associated with the microwave radiation used in existing wireless networks. These include childhood cancer and behavioural effects, brain tumours, neurological effects including memory and cognitive deficits, male infertility effects, neuropsychiatric effects including depression, Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, DNA damage, and malignant melanoma.
Remarkably, regulatory agencies like the US based Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Communications Commission consider the risks of this technology to be within tolerable levels. To quote the FDA:
“According to current data, the FDA believes that the weight of scientific evidence does not show an association between exposure to radiofrequency from cell phones and adverse health outcomes. Still, there is consensus that additional research is warranted to address gaps in knowledge, such as the effects of cell phone use over the long-term and on pediatric populations.”
Scientists, environmental groups, doctors and concerned citizens have warned that the 5G roll-out constitutes