The he city council has been denying Verizon to place a number of 5G antennae on poles in certain neighborhoods of the city for longer than a year. Many meetings have been held.
Hours and hours and have been spent on attempting to devalue and to deny these several 5G antennae, without which the city cannot be modern and offer proper internet and television services.
Many expressions of fear about a perceived health hazard caused by the antennae have been expressed by more than several councilors in an effort to agree with their constituents when they should be thinking on their own and using their heads.
Councilors and residents believing they will be irradiated by 5G forces are out of step with the science of the issue.
Residents are asking that these not be put up.
They try to make the case they are dangerous – and they are not.
This issue is destined to cost the city a fortune if it goes to court – and the city will lose.
In neighboring Revere, many years ago when the late George Colella was mayor, he tried to keep a dirty book store from opening because some very vocal people didn’t like it – which is to say – they didn’t like the first amendment protecting a dirty book store – but it does.
Because several councilors backed Colella in this righteous business of shutting down a book store that could not be shut down under the law, it cost the city $1 million in legal fees – and guess what? The bookstore remained open.
The city during the past year has tried to make the case that Verizon is putting up death ray machines, or alien radiation guns aimed at local homes and frying brains inside houses here.
The Verizon pieces are harmless.
It is proven nationwide as incontestable, irrefutable fact. Wanting great service and connectivity from Verizon without 5G antennae is like asking for railroad services without wanting railroad tracks; or wanting airplanes without noisy jet engines; or bricks that might somehow be laid without mortar; or vegetables that can be grown without fertilizer or water; or for heating systems without fossil fuels to run them.
The city council must approve the 5G antennae or look hopelessly ridiculous, not to mention having terrible Internet connectivity because of such a stand against them as the only inevitable result.