5G is here and Verizon is leading the charge in rolling out this new wireless technology, reaching its goal of 5G networks in 30 cities in 2019.
Cleveland and Columbus are two of the most recent cities on the roster, with more to come in 2020. Of course, there’s one catch that gets lost in all the hype about these blazing fast wireless networks: their high frequency signals have difficulty traveling through walls, so if you want to take advantage of Verizon 5G, you might have to sit outside to do so. Verizon is also rolling out a home 5G service, but it’s less widely available than the wireless network for now.
Even as we celebrate the launch of Verizon 5G Cleveland and Verizon 5G Columbus, we’d be remiss not to mention the controversy surrounding this fifth generation of wireless technology. Is 5G harmful to human health? Will it cause cancer? Allow governments and corporations to spy on us?
Relax—it’s fake news. Or, at the very least, much of the negative coverage is originating from Russian news outlets. One of the false stories floating around on social media actually came from a website named Putin Tomorrow, which doesn’t sound like the most reliable source to us.
So how do you separate fact from fiction when it comes to 5G? Snopes has been vetting some of the more egregious stories that are passed around on Facebook and Twitter, and you can trust your go-to sources for tech and science news. If a story is coming from a site you’ve never heard of before, be wary.
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