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5G Day of Action is May 15th – Please contact elected officials.

Honorable Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor
Phone: (518) 434-5100, E-mail: mayor@albanyny.gov

Honorable Joseph Igoe, Common Councilman – Ward 14
Phone: (518) 489-3014, Email: Jigoe19932@aol.com

Assemblymember Patricia Fahey
518-455-4178, FahyP@nyassembly.gov

Senator Neil D. Breslin’s Office
Phone: (518) 455-2225, breslin@nysenate.gov

 

The Issue:

Buckingham Lake is the first Albany neighborhood in which Verizon will roll-out their new 5G mobile service. 5G, which stands for fifth generation, is a mobile telecommunications service that promises to be significantly faster than today’s 4G technology. 5G technology will utilize a higher-frequency band of the wireless spectrum called millimeter wave. These millimeter wave signals do not travel as far; therefore, the new 5G networks will require many more (albeit smaller) antennas spaced closer together than previous generations. 60 of these small cell towers are in the process of being installed in BL. Many of the residents would like to learn more about this new (and untested) technology and have a say before the poles go up on our lawns and in front of our homes. On this site you will find links to studies about the potential health effects. Many of us have investigated this and have serious concerns, both about the potential health effects and about what these 60 cell towers will do to the look and feel of our neighborhood, as well as our property values.

Our Goal:

–We ask that the Common Council stop issuing permits for 5G towers immediately in order to give sufficient time for public comment and discussion.

–We ask that the Mayor join with the more than 2 dozen other localities in a lawsuit against the FCC for its recently enacted rules governing the implementation of 5G equipment.

–We ask that the poles that have been installed without receiving the necessary approval from residents and regulatory agencies be turned off immediately and removed if they are found to be in violation.