“… insurers are treating the risk as cautiously as a downed power line after a storm.”
There’s been some pretty lively debate about the dangers of 5G recently in the comments section of a site called ispreview.co.uk.
In an article titled “Local Opposition Making UK 5G Upgrades to 4G Masts Difficult“, tech writer Mark Jackson gives a pretty straightforward report on how people have been objecting to 5G infrastructure such as cell phone towers.
However, Mark is clearly pro-telecom industry and dismisses what he calls “seemingly unfounded paranoia about public health issues” where companies are publicly pumping out electromagnetic fields and radio-frequency radiation.
The comments section of the article makes for interesting and entertaining reading. Pro-industry entities employ mostly standard trolling methods – e.g., one even quipped, “I’d rather go to a flat Earth convention” – in their efforts to ridicule Stop-5G campaigners and limit damage to their beloved industry’s reputation.
What the insurance underwriters’ documents say
Although I’ll leave you to read the comments thread (on the link given above) for yourself, I reproduce this contribution that I left (one of three):
What the insurance media say
In a later comment, after the one above received further tolling, I quoted a section from a 2007 businessinsurance.com article that still holds true to this day:
Insurers exclude risks associated with electromagnetic radiation
It may take two more decades to know if electromagnetic radiofrequency energy is a significant liability issue for telecommunications companies, so, in the interim, insurers are treating the risk as cautiously as a downed power line after a storm.
Insurers often exclude the risk from commercial general liability policies, strictly limit the coverage or avoid policyholders in the wireless industry, brokers say.
(You can also download a PDF version of this article on this link)
On the run
Trolling often surfaces whenever miscreants are caught out in their own lies. This is because they are unable to counter arguments made against them.
The ispreview.co.uk exchange provides a master-class illustration of professional trolling, and probably some sock-puppeteering too.