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"Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks" is a recently published report by Timothy Schoechle, PhD,for the National Institute of Science, Law and Public Policy in Washington, DC. Timothy Schoechle, PhD is a communications technology expert, international consultant in computer engineering and standardization, former faculty member of the University of Colorado, College of Engineering and Applied Science, and Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy.
He has been critical of the push for 5G and the Internet of Things. as well as the push for Smart Cities.
His report elaborates on the political, financial and health ramifications of 5G and the Smart Grid, while offering practical solutions for creating a wired network using fiber-optics.
Here are some excerpts from the report:
The Telecommunications Industry Is Monopolistic
“The history of U.S. communication infrastructure increasingly supports the proposition that it is unrealistic to expect private monopolies, duopolies, or triopolies—regulated or unregulated—to make the long-term investments necessary to build the enduring and sustainable public broadband fiber information highway that the country needs. Corporations will invariably seek the cheapest, quickest, and most profitable path, which has led to the current emphasis on wireless."
Wireless Networks Are inferior to Wired Networks
"This report asserts that first and foremost the public needs publicly-owned and -controlled wired infrastructure that is inherently more future-proof, more reliable, more sustainable, more energy efficient, safer, and more essential to many other services. Wireless networks and services, compared to wired access, are inherently more complex, more costly, more unstable (subject to frequent revision and “upgrades”), and more constrained in what they can deliver."
Landlines Are Essential
“We advocate for the essential nature of landline service and for high-speed optical fiber-based Internet access to all as a basic locally-governed community service that is secure, reliable, sustainable, and affordable—comparable to water, sewer, electricity, streets, and similar vital public utilities.”
The Aggressive Industry Push For Wireless
"...with the present aggressive industry rush for more and more wireless devices and smartphones, hyper-commercialization, and media concentration, while leaving the public deprived of basic, fast, reliable, and affordable wired access to the Internet as an essential public utility. This wireless push is now seeking to preempt local governance so as to greatly densify antennas throughout communities, and promote a new 5G (5th generation) network, while 4G wireless has not yet been built out."
The Pitfalls of the Internet of Things
"...the Internet of Things (IoT), one of the newest and most promising, yet problematic, themes that has emerged in popular and technical media during the past few years. In short, IoT is the idea that essentially every device or object in our environment can be connected to the Internet and thus interconnected with everything else. The promises and pitfalls associated with IoT are identified, including the notion of smart cities, connected cars, automatic machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, issues of privacy and security, socio-technical risks, social and behavioral issues, and potential risks to public health from electromagnetic fields and from the proliferation of the new media devices."
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