5G: A Technological Boogeyman
Several years ago I was dating a woman from a small town in upstate New York. One Thanksgiving, we drove from Maryland to visit her parents who still lived there. This was the first time I had been to her hometown.
It was a small Podunk place — one of those kinds of towns where the population of cows outnumbers people, a place where you go to the grocery store or the CVS because there's only one in town.
It's a community where everyone old enough to speak remembers the first traffic light being installed on Main Street. And everyone, of course, knows everyone else.
It's a nice place, if you're into rural farm living. It always snows on Christmas.
When we began nearing the town, I noticed that everyone had anti-wind turbine signs in their front yards. “Stop Wind Turbines,” I remember one of them read.
This was a time just a few years ago when wind turbines were first being widely built here in the U.S. and were in the news all the time.
I figured it was just a local political thing. Some local politician was probably working up his constituents with crazy theories, getting them angry and scared, and promising to do something about it. But there were so many of these signs, I had to ask.
Fortunately my girlfriend's father was a reasonable man — a science teacher from the high school. (That's the high school.) So I asked him what those signs were all about. Here's what he told me...
There was a scare going around town.
Someone had begun spreading a story that wind turbines are harmful to livestock — specifically that “stray voltage” from the turbines could kill cattle.
(They love their cows in upstate New York.)
Now, I'm a gold guy. What I mean is I've heard my fair share of wild theories. But this one — “stray voltage” from the turbines killing cows — was the most ridiculous I had heard to date.
Stray voltage is a real occurrence that does, in fact, affect cattle and other livestock. The Heartland Power Cooperative says, “Stray voltage occurs when the cow or livestock touches a contact point and the voltage drives a current through the cow, which causes a behavioral response for the cow or livestock.”
Basically, cows get shocked by stray voltage. And that can lead to decreased milk production or worse health problems for the cow.
But, as my girlfriend's father would tell me, agricultural stray voltage is generally caused by improper grounding of electrical systems. It's not specific to wind turbines at all and ultimately just a result of some dumb-dumb screwing up when installing an electrical system.
The “wind turbine/cattle” theory was at the top of my list of most ridiculous theories for years. But growing fears over health concerns stemming from 5G might actually replace it.
5G: A Technological Boogeyman
If you follow 5G news, it's impossible to ignore editorial about potential health issues that the next generation of wireless might bring.
Just Google “5G health” and you'll find thousands of articles saying 5G will give you cancer and thousands of others claiming otherwise.
Politics are now even getting involved. Legislators in four states have proposed bills this year that call for more research into the health effects of 5G.
But the whole thing is ridiculous.
At first, 5G will use the exact same type of radio waves used in 4G technologies now. Going forward, 5G will use higher frequencies, which will allow for those super-fast wireless speeds that mobile carriers keep promising.
Higher frequencies travel shorter distances. So to install 5G systems, many more mobile towers are required.
More towers that use higher frequencies are generally the main two elements of the 5G health scare.
But it's all bunk. Since higher frequencies don’t travel as far, they're actually more likely to be absorbed by the skin than deeper in the body.
Most legitimate scientific sources claim 5G is completely safe. But that hasn't stopped it from becoming the technological boogeyman of 2019.
Of course, every technological advance in history has been met with speculation. We should have expected 5G to cause a health scare. And we should expect 6G to cause another health scare in the distant future. But don't let these health scares deter you from investing.
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5G Is the New Standard
Trillions of dollars are headed toward 5G. A report published in February by financial services firm Greensill Capital estimated $2.7 trillion will be spent on the rollout of 5G technology by 2020. $1 trillion of that is needed just for infrastructure upgrades.
5G investor Chris DeHaemer says, “5G is as close to a guaranteed winner as you can get. Every major company in the world is going to be pumping money into new 5G networks. It's not a fad. It's what's next.”
He means 5G isn't like many of the other hyped-up opportunities out there. Markets like cannabis, cryptocurrency, and meatless meat have limited consumer bases. Sure, lots of people smoke weed, love Bitcoin, and want vegan meat. But everyone is going to use 5G.
And the fact is, you're really not going to even have any other option.
For most people, 5G is just another service provided by their cell phone carrier, like 4G is today.
And sooner or later, like 4G, 5G is the only thing that's going to be offered.
Fact is, you can't buy a phone using 2G technology exclusively right now. It's just not offered.
3G is still around, but it's quickly disappearing. Verizon says it will shut down all of its 3G networks by the end of this year.
Now, that doesn't mean you have to (or should) upgrade now. 4G networks will still be supported for the next several years.
But anyone buying a new cell phone or upgrading their plan is sooner or later going to be on the 5G network.
5G isn't something you're going to choose.
You can choose to buy cannabis, crypto, meatless meat, gender-neutral air-conditioning, cruelty-free jeans, sustainable lettuce, or whatever...
But 5G is not something you're really going to be able to choose. It's what's going to be offered.
That's what has guys like DeHaemer so amped up. 5G is a guarantee for investors.
DeHaemer has found a group of companies that control a major share of the infrastructure space that 5G networks are going to need. He says these companies control some 80% of the space major cell carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and others are clamoring to get their hands on.
DeHaemer says, “It's like they have a monopoly on the hottest real estate of the 5G future.”
He's found the one subsector that's virtually a guaranteed winner amid the larger guaranteed winner that is 5G.
Cannabis, crypto, meatless meat... they've all done great, and there are still opportunities for growth.
The 5G investment market is what you've been waiting for.
“It's not a fad. It's what's next.”
DeHaemer's 5G subsector and the companies he says have a stranglehold on the entire 5G market are laid out in a recent report published here.
If you're wise, this is something you're going to want to check out. Remember, 5G is much bigger than just fast movie downloads. Manufacturing, transportation, health care, defense, consumer electronics and appliances, agriculture, shipping and warehousing, education... all of these and more will see innovation from 5G.
International IT firm Teralink Solutions says, “The biggest impact of 5G connectivity won’t only affect the realm of smartphones. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) infrastructure, for instance, have long been held back by the limited latency and download speeds of 4G.”
Over the next several weeks, we plan to bring you more regarding how 5G will transform our lives and how to profit from the transition. So please be on the lookout for that.
For now, I urge you to check out Chris DeHaemer's report here.
Until next time,
As an editor at Energy and Capital, Luke’s analysis and market research reach hundreds of thousands of investors every day. Luke is also a contributing editor of Angel Publishing’s Bubble and Bust Report newsletter. There, he helps investors in leveraging the future supply-demand imbalance that he believes could be key to a cyclical upswing in the hard asset markets. For more on Luke, go to his editor’s page.
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