5G cell tower concerns brought to Ashland City Council

Some Ashland residents are concerned about bringing 5G cell towers to Ashland, as the city plans to add a tower to the roof of the science building at Southern Oregon University. (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

Implementing new 5G cell phone towers would provide faster, stronger connection than the current 4G LTE technology to area.

There are a number of residents that are concerned about bringing the technology to Ashland as the city plans to add a tower to the roof of the science building at Southern Oregon University.

City council members and residents discussed the issue at a study session meeting Monday night at the council chambers on East Main St. During the meeting, there were 15 minutes dedicated to public comment.

Ashland-based organization Oregon for Safe Technology presented information about the possible health risk associated by these towers. Their concern is regarding the radio frequency radiation, which they said could cause serious health problems for people, wildlife and vegetation.

"5G is more of a concept of infrastructure and it will function on a different millimeter wave," Ivy Ross said. "This different type of wave penetrates skin differently and they've been finding effects on insects, tree and fertility rates."

In opposition, there were a few of residents who were present at the meeting that support the installation.

"You either believe in science or you don't," resident Clarinda Merripen said. "The fact that we all have cell phones and instances of brain tumors haven't come up."

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