Stating that â€œany airplane interference from 5G antennas could be catastrophic for the Beachmont neighborhood,â€ Councillor Joanne McKenna has requested federal assistance on the safety issue from Congresswoman Katherine Clark.
The City Council unanimously approved McKennaâ€™s motion at its Feb. 7 meeting that Mayor Brian Arrigo communicate the Cityâ€™s concerns to Clark relative to the 5G cellular phone antennas that are situated within a 2.5-mile radius of Logan Airport.
â€œThis is a really serious problem and itâ€™s only surfaced in the last three months,â€ said McKenna, who is a resident of Beachmont.
McKenna read data stating that the Federal Aviation Administration â€œhas warned that the C-Band phone networks could disturb and scramble aircraft radar making it dangerous at night for planes to land.â€
McKenna said that aircrafts fly directly over homes in Beachmont at all hours of the night. She noted that some international airlines have suspended flights to certain U.S. destinations, â€œbut this does not include Logan Airport.â€
â€œVerizon and AT&T has heavily advertised its 5G Ultra-Wideband systems, claiming it would soon be available for 100 million people in the U.S., including residents of Greater Boston,â€ McKenna told the Council. â€œBut the frequencies are very close to the ones used by the radar altimeters on planes, which use a radio signal to measure the distance to the ground and are vital to landing in the dark and in inclement weather. Interference from C-Band towers makes some radar altimeters dangerously inaccurate. This could be a catastrophe for Beachmont.â€
McKenna said she wants Cong. Clark to propose legislation prohibiting the 5G antennas from coming within a 2.5-mile radius of Logan Airport.
Councillor Keefe co-sponsors motion
Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe, a co-sponsor of the motion, said, â€œI donâ€™t want to be hypocritical. We all use cell phones, we all use the internet, and we all rely on this type of towers to support our internet activity.
â€œBut I hate when someone says you canâ€™t say no, or we have no right to refuse things. This is a great example of major airlines refusing to fly into Logan International Airport for 5G cell towers in an around the area. That tells you somethingâ€™s wrong out there,â€ added Keefe.
Keefe said he is hopeful that the Councilâ€™s action will lead to answers to the safety concerns and â€œgive us the right to be able to choose whether we want these [5G antennas] in our community.â€