Complaints about the lack of Internet connectivity are slowly becoming less as telcos continue to expand and upgrade their network across the Philippines with the help of the government.

But months before the Duterte administration ordered local government units (LGUs) to reduce red tape and conduct the ease of doing business with them, telcos were burdened with several requirements and lengthy processes that prevented them from improving their services.

Worsening telcos’ predicament, many homeowner associations (HOAs) still believe in misconceptions about cell towers to this day, which is nothing more than myths that have been debunked by science and health experts.

Here are some of them:

Radiofrequency waves are dangerous

Radiofrequency waves (RF) emanating from cell sites are said to be dangerous.

The World Health Organization (WHO), however, has already clarified that the radiation cell sites emit is non-ionizing and harmless to animal or human cells.

If it is genuinely lethal, telcos shouldn’t be permitted to build even a single cell site in the first place.

Cell towers pose health risks

Many people believe that the RF waves coming from cell sites can cause diseases like cancer.

Cell towers’ RF waves, however, work within safe levels so they cannot cause brain damage or diseases.

The government also requires telcos to put up cell towers 150-200 feet away from residential communities as part of health standards.

Cell towers are not secure

Many people believe that cell towers are prone to security breaches and they can be used to gather information from your phone.

While this is possible, remember that technology goes both ways. Cybersecurity improves as much as how cyber attacks do.

Unless the telco responsible for constructing the cell towers is dubious, chances of a security breach through cell towers are very minimal.


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