2022-03-11 Energy consumption & internet access expansion

1) All wireless devices use far more energy than wired ones and with 5G, the number of devices will increase dramatically. This alone should cause environmental groups to become alarmed and join with us in our battle to increase the use of wired (fiber optic connected) devices.

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“According to the report, mobile telecommunications represents one of the wealthiest industries in modern times, with 5.3 billion users and $1.38 trillion in service revenues. Each generation of wireless has contributed to driving demand for mobile services and opportunities for new use cases around the world and has laid the groundwork for the current race to 5G. Compared to previous generations of wireless, the expected ubiquity and flexibility of 5G make it imperative to address its energy consumption at the onset of deployment and throughout all components of network infrastructure and end devices, to make 5G as sustainable as possible….

Communications service providers (CSPs) must deploy an array of new network architectures to support a proliferation of end devices and provide the best 5G user experience. These architectures include a network of millimeter-wave base stations, virtualization radio access network (vRAN), massive multiple input and multiple output (MIMO) antenna with beamforming, carrier aggregation, dynamic spectrum sharing, network slicing, and edge servers and gateways, and will unlock new capabilities, and new layers of complexity, that result in higher energy consumption in cellular networks.”


2) Ofcom, UK’s equivalent to FCC and, I guess, CRTC, is raising concerns about the fact that wireless communication requires far more energy than wired. And 5G devices and networks will use exponentially more energy than 4G. Where are the environmental groups??


Wireless footprints: the hidden environmental cost of convenience

“…the data centres that underlie the internet — and the misleadingly named, ethereal-sounding ‘cloud’ — require vast amounts of infrastructure and electricity [1]. In the words of Guardian columnist John Harris, our “phones and gadgets are now endangering the planet”.

But it’s not just data capacity that consumes electricity; wireless infrastructure and gadgets do too. Generating a wireless signal requires energy, and many wireless devices emit signals fairly continuously, whether they are in use or not.

Although its focus was people’s connectivity during recent lockdowns rather than reducing carbon emissions, the UK communications regulator Ofcom has recommended using landlines to ensure more reliable phone connections. It has also advised the public to “try wired rather than wireless” and, for “the best broadband speeds”, to connect computers to routers using Ethernet cables rather than Wi-Fi….

Internet access through Wi-Fi already increases energy use, but this soars by 15 times if access is through 3G, and can be 23 times greater through 4G.”


3) Promises and commitment to bring internet access to “every nook and cranny” of Canada by 2030 — but no mention how. Is this going to be through use of the fastest and safe fiber optic cable or via wireless/satellites? There might be time now to pressure the governments and corporations to use wired because of energy requirements, too.

Alberta and Canada expand partnership to improve access to high-speed Internet for Albertans

‘Governments of Canada and Alberta are working to eliminate the digital divide and connect 100% of Albertans to reliable high-speed Internet

EDMONTON, AB, March 9, 2022 /CNW/ – The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted that Canadians across the country need access to reliable high-speed Internet to work, do business, learn, and stay in touch with friends and family from home. That is why the governments of Canada and Alberta announced in December 2021 that they were providing up to $300 million in joint funding to connect rural Alberta communities to high-speed Internet.”


British Columbians to benefit from a historic plan with up to $830 million toward connecting all remaining rural households in the province to high-speed Internet

Governments of Canada and British Columbia working together to connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026 and 100% by 2030

“Today, the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, and the Honourable Lisa Beare, British Columbia’s Minister of Citizens’ Services, announced a historic partnership to invest up to $830 million to support projects that will improve access to high-speed Internet in rural, remote and Indigenous communities throughout British Columbia.”


4) From ART, Americans for Responsible Technology. The wireless industry knows that people are becoming educated and concerned about antennae, cell towers, microcells, etc. so these devices are being hidden — out of sight, out of mind seems to be their motto. And most Councils are unaware of what is happening. ART shows how microcells are being installed in devices that appear to be like ones that have hung on lines for decades. Hiding in plain sight. Few municipalities have any policies to address these things which make this deception most attractive to the telecoms. Take a look at the photo in this article.


Strand Mounted Antennas

“The wireless industry thinks they have a great new way to sneak antennas into our communities. Many local codes are silent on strand-mounted antennas, and some explicitly exempt them!

According to a manufacturer, “This new device would have the benefit of concealing new equipment in an enclosure that the public is already familiar with and improve the timeline for the local jurisdiction’s approval.”



Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“Climate change is sometimes misunderstood as being about changes in the weather. In reality it is about changes in our very way of life.”    Paul Polman



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