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.
A group called 5G Crisis claimed victory on the passage of the resolution saying it was based on their sample 5G resolution in their “5G Action Toolkit.”
Puna Councilman Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder, who introduced the resolution, told the Tribune, “This resolution has nothing to do with our existing infrastructure,” Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder said. “We don’t need 5G for our phones to work right now. It’s just that no study to date proves it’s safe.”