It was meant to make Minnesota more amenable to the next generation of wireless technology.
5G wireless will increase speeds and make way for everything from driverless vehicles to remote-controlled surgery. And backers of the technology — 5G stands for fifth generation — say it will be a potent economic development generator that has geopolitical implications. China is considered ahead of the U.S., for example, and woe is the economy that finishes second.
So in 2017, Republicans at the Minnesota Legislature inserted language into a budget bill that established a common set of statewide rules, fees and timelines across jurisdictions.
At the time, local governments objected to the rules, which they feared would give away rights-of-way for less than they were worth. But for the most part, industry won — and Minnesota became an early target for what are formally called “small cell wireless facilities.”
Now, two years later, Minnesotans are starting to notice the rapidly proliferating result of that decision, as all four national wireless carriers are installing an array of equipment on light and utility poles in at least three Minnesota cities, mostly for devices not yet widely available.
“We have worked closely with Minneapolis both in the Legislature and through the deployment of small cells in the streets,” wrote David Weissman, a public relations manager for Verizon. “Their cooperation has driven the investment needed to make Minneapolis one of the first cities in the world with a 5G network available for consumers, businesses and first responders.”
Minnesota law already granted wireless providers access to utility poles as long as the company meets local rules and standards. But at the beginning of the 2017 Minnesota legislative session, two bills that would have established statewide rules for 5G were filed, each with Republican lead sponsors. While neither passed, they led to negotiations that reached an agreement inserted into the jobs and economic growth omnibus bill that was signed by then-Gov. Mark Dayton.
5G technology debuted in Minneapolis during the lead-up to Super Bowl LII. Some residents have raised concerns about the health impacts of the signals these networks use, city officials said.
Committee members met with representatives from the Minneapolis Health Department and evaluated past research, but did not find a definitive answer about 5G’s potential health effects, said Jerome Evans, the committee’s co-chair.
Citing previous research, the committee found high frequency signals could potentially act as a carcinogen and have negative biological effects.
“There is not a lot of evidence based, scientific and conclusive research on the topic,” he said. “But there is certainly a lot of speculation, a lot of conflicting reports and both benefits and risks, and there is a lot of personal concern about the technology.”
Below I added this quote, thought it was interesting because above you will read he was the one who signed the bill. So he’s married to a Rockefeller.. Makes you wonder.
Mark Dayton 40th governor of Minnesota from 2011 to 2019 – Rockefeller Family Connection:
Mark Brandt Dayton (born January 26, 1947) is an American politician who served as the 40th governor of Minnesota from 2011 to 2019. He was a United States Senator for Minnesota from 2001 to 2007, and the Minnesota State Auditor from 1991 to 1995. He is a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), which affiliates with the national Democratic Party.
A native of Minnesota, Dayton is the great-grandson of businessman George Dayton, the founder of Dayton’s, a department store that later became the Target Corporation. He embarked on a career in teaching and social work in New York City and Boston after graduating from Yale University in 1969. During the 1970s, he served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Walter Mondale and Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich. In 1978, Dayton was appointed the Minnesota Economic Development Commissioner and married Alida Rockefeller Messinger, a member of the Rockefeller family.
His major legislative initiatives as governor include the legalization of same-sex marriage and the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL).
Former History of Corruption:
Known initially as a kindly physician, Doc Ames led the city into corruption during four terms as mayor just before 1900. The gangster Kid Cann was famous for bribery and intimidation during the 1930s and 1940s. The city made dramatic changes to rectify discrimination as early as 1886 when Martha Ripley founded Maternity Hospital for both married and unmarried mothers.
Different forms of bigotry played roles during the first half of the 20th century. In 1910, a Minneapolis developer started writing restrictive covenants based on race and ethnicity into his deeds. Copied by other developers, the practice prevented minorities from owning or leasing such properties. Though such language was prohibited by state law in 1953 and by the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, restrictive covenants against minorities remained in many Minneapolis deeds as recently as 2017. The Ku Klux Klan succeeded by entering family life, but effectively was a force in the city only from 1921 until 1923. After Minnesota passed a eugenics law in 1925, the proprietors of Eitel Hospital sterilized about one thousand people at the Faribault State Hospital.
From the end of World War I until 1950, Minneapolis was a “particularly virulent” site of anti-semitism. A hate group known as the Silver Legion of America recruited members in the city and held meetings around 1936 to 1938. Answering bigotry against Jewish doctors, Mount Sinai Hospital opened in 1948 as the first hospital in the community to accept members of minority races and religions on its medical staff.
When the country’s fortunes turned during the Great Depression, the violent Teamsters Strike of 1934 resulted in laws acknowledging workers’ rights. A lifelong civil rights activist and union supporter, mayor Hubert Humphrey helped the city establish fair employment practices and a human relations council that interceded on behalf of minorities by 1946. In the 1950s, about 1.6% of the population of Minneapolis was nonwhite. Minneapolis contended with white supremacy, participated in desegregation and the civil rights movement, and in 1968 was the birthplace of the American Indian Movement.
During the 1950s and 1960s, as part of urban renewal, the city razed about 200 buildings across 25 city blocks (roughly 40% of downtown), destroying the Gateway District and many buildings with notable architecture, including the Metropolitan Building. Efforts to save the building failed but are credited with sparking interest in historic preservation in the state.
So there you have it, the criminals have been around since the 1900’s. History repeats it’s self! I just found it interesting to include the 5G connection, I just came across it now and thought hmm…