Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Trenton, NJ Issues Wireless Telecom Ban Citing Public Health Concerns

As rapidly as COVID-19 spread across the world, so have rumors linking the virus to 5G, causing the City of Trenton, NJ to ban new towers and antennas.

Mayor Reed Gusciora and members of the Trenton legislative body received a letter on April 6, from resident Tahirah Gurley, opposing telecom in the city and citing COVID-19. Gurley’s letter, obtained by The Trentonian, said, “We ask that you impose a moratorium on ‘small cells’ and other wireless infrastructure, permits, process, and deployment until the COVID-19 emergency is over. The wireless providers are using the COVID-19 emergency as cover to expand and cement their rapid and virtually unsupervised deployment of harmful wireless infrastructure.”

According to The Trentonian, councilman Santiago Rodriguez consulted attorney Edward Kologi about Gurley’s request for a ban. "There is clear Federal and State law governing such applications, which must be strictly adhered to by the applicant,” said Kologi. “The City's ability to take action in this process, even if it were inclined to do so, would be extremely limited, based upon the governing statutes.” Continue Reading

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