5G Fund for Rural America Hands Over U.S. Farms to Big Tech, Critics Say (The Defender)

  • FCC’s new fund includes money for precision agriculture that opponents say is more about commodification and control of information than better farming.
  • Both 5G Rural First and the new U.S. 5G Rural Fund are dependent on the Internet of Things (IoT) devices to support communication between the farm and the rest of the world. The IoT involves an exponential increase in devices connected to the internet — broadening the domain of internet connectivity from phones and computers, to everything — heaters, dishwashers, home security systems, self-driving cars, refrigerators, traffic lights, trash cans, water systems, “smart roads,” and yes, even diapers.
  • “These technologies could lead to rapid integration of data and provide near-continuous, persistent monitoring of virtually anywhere we choose,” said former-CIA Director David Petraues about the IoT in 2012. In 2016, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper explained that, “in the future, intelligence services might use the loT for identification, surveillance, monitoring [and] location tracking …”
  • According to Dafna Tachover, director of Children’s Health Defense’s 5G and Wireless Harms Project:“The FCC-promised ‘revolution’ is an existential threat to the many who have been injured by the current wireless infrastructure. The forced and aggressive expansion of 5G, including in rural areas, is making it impossible for those who have been injured, including many children, to find a liveable place to escape this highly toxic radiation.“In our lawsuit against the FCC, we cite thousands of studies showing that the FCC’s position is contrary to the clear scientific and human evidence and fails to protect public health.”