Suspend 5G. Nearly 70 elected officials from the left and environmentalists, including Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Yannick Jadot or the mayor of Marseille Michèle Rubirola, are asking the government for a moratorium on the deployment of 5G technology in a column published by the Sunday newspaper.
The government “decided that the frequencies would be allocated to telephone operators from September 2020. This decision comes without a climatic and environmental impact study or any prior public consultation”, they write, asserting that “the real usefulness of 5G is nowhere near as obvious as the mobile phone operators or the government claim ”.
Among the signatories, the new and new environmental mayors of Bordeaux, Lyon, Strasbourg or Besançon, as well as the LFI deputy François Ruffin or the PS mayors of Bourg-en-Bresse, Tours and Villeurbanne, all are worried about “environmental issues, health and democracy ”unresolved.
These elected officials propose a suspension of the deployment of the technology “at least until the summer of 2021”, as well as the “holding of a decentralized democratic debate on 5G and on digital uses”, they write. Their choice is to reduce the digital divide, “through the development of fiber in rural areas and by finalizing the deployment of 4G”.
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