The Big Island of Hawaii Calls for a Halt to 5G


The Hawaii County Council, which represents the entire Big Island of Hawaii and over 200,000 residents, overwhelmingly passed a resolution in July 2020 calling for wireless companies to halt 5G deployments, citing health and environmental risks. The council voted 8-1 to approve a resolution calling for “telecommunication companies and public utilities operating in Hawaii County” to halt any 5G development until independent research and testing concludes it is safe for humans.

The Hawaii County Council, which represents the entire Big Island of Hawaii and over 200,000 residents, overwhelmingly passed a resolution last Wednesday calling for wireless companies to halt 5G deployments citing health and environmental risks.

After hearing hours of public testimony decrying the supposed health risks of the new cellular network technology, the council voted 8-1 to approve a resolution calling for “telecommunication companies and public utilities operating in Hawaii County” to halt any 5G development until independent research and testing concludes it is safe for humans, according to the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

Kohala Councilman Tim Richards voted against the resolution, saying that it didn’t go far enough and that the county should investigate scrapping all cellular infrastructure on the island and invest in a safe fiber optic network instead.

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