Grondahl: 5G cell protests span from Albany to Europe to Russia


ALBANY — A groundswell of opposition is rising among homeowners in Albany's Buckingham Lake neighborhood over the specter of a 5G, or fifth generation, cellphone network that is being installed in 22 cities across the U.S. as part of Verizon's aggressive timetable to construct a nationwide 5G network.

Organizers of StopAlbany5G are calling for a citywide moratorium on any 5G cell tower installations until possible health impacts have been studied and the telecommunications company makes its plans transparent. Opponents in Albany have gotten more than 250 signatures on an online petition and some plan to join a demonstration in Woodstock Wednesday in solidarity with a growing movement of 5G opposition around the country.

"We've gotten no information from the city or Verizon and we are very frustrated and don't know how to stop this rollout," said Michele Susko, an organizer of the opposition effort. She became concerned after a cell tower was installed last August in front of her house on Holmes Dale on an existing utility pole on the right-of-way between the curb and sidewalk.

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