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5G Has a Health-Scare Problem

• The next-generation wireless technology has sparked fears in some European nations
U.S. carriers have been largely unaffected, despite “a lot of noise in social media”

In the small Alpine town of Wohlen, a fierce backlash against the latest generation of mobile phone technology is under way. The Swiss municipality won’t allow Sunrise Communications AG or other phone companies to build masts to broadcast 5G, citing concerns about health risks from the towers’ electromagnetic radiation. Activist group Frequencia, which calls for limits on 5G’s rollout in part because of fears about cancer risks, attracted hundreds of people to a mass protest outside parliament in Bern in September.

Reticence in Wohlen and other parts of Switzerland, including Geneva, has created an obstacle to Sunrise’s plans to provide the

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