Meteorologists forecast weather events by monitoring water vapor in certain atmospheric spectra bands. In the global climate crisis, forecasting extreme weather has become a matter of life and death.

In March 2019, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auctioned off the 24 GHz spectrum band for 5G telecommunications. The auction process, called "Spectrum Frontiers," collected nearly $2 billion in bids.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) warn that use of the 24GHz spectrum for 5G will significantly reduce the quality of the water vapor monitoring transmissions used for hurricane track forecasts. Acting NOAA Administrator Neil Jacobs testified before congress that the 5G usage limits set around the 24 GHz spectrum “would degrade the forecast skill by up to 30%…This would result in the reduction of hurricane track forecasts’ lead time by roughly two to three days.”

Verizon Wireless promised to bring 5G to Boston by Fall 2019. In August 2019 a 5G tower was installed at the corner of Tremont and Waltham streets in front of the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA). Siren is a 2-channel audio installation which mixes the sounds of an EMF meter monitoring the 5G tower in front of the BCA with hurricane warning systems in real time.

U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce which oversees the FCC. If you wish to voice concern over the FCC auctioning off life-saving public resources, please send him a letter. Fax and snail mail are the most effective means of communicating with our elected officials. A template letter can be found [here] and can be faxed for free online [here].