Rochester Community House to host 5G informational town hall meeting on Nov. 7 at 7pm

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published October 29, 2019

ROCHESTER — Those who want to learn more about 5G technology and what it means for Rochester residents are invited to attend a 5G informational town hall meeting hosted by the city of Rochester at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Rochester Community House.

“We’ve had some residents concerned about the technology and the health effects and where these are in the city,” said Jane Dixon, the public relations specialist for the city of Rochester. So city officials wanted to host this event “just to be able to get proactive information out to our residents,” she said.

Dixon said 5G is a new generation of cellular technology that promises to greatly enhance the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. The 5G technology relies on smaller towers placed closer together, and high-frequency waves that support faster wireless speeds. Antennas to facilitate 5G, or fifth-generation cellular technology, are smaller than those in current use and are able to be installed on smaller sites. They are referred to as micro or small-cell wireless facilities.

“They are small-cell towers that are put on electric poles that are in the public right of way,” Dixon said.

 Some people believe that the technology poses health risks, including cancer, and has not been properly studied.

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