The so called 5G would take the mobile phone technology further high above as a disproportionately high-energy technology.  The Stanford article seems to focus on "prioritizing and constructing high-energy systems", NOT on sustainable technologies and NOT on addressing the social costs of the high-energy mobile phone technology. Is there any research done on the comparable energy requirements of Community Based Networks? As we are relatively in the early phases of deploying Community Networks, there is potential to build energy sustainability in the design of large scale community networks. 

On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 4:07 PM Michael J. Oghia <> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I want to share this article with you all about ending energy poverty and what is needed to address electrification. I particularly liked this paragraph (emphasis mine):

"The mobile phone revolution is often cited as an example that can be replicated for energy. But mobile communications technology actually exemplifies the need for high-energy systems. Charging phone batteries accounts for less than 1 percent of the energy required for a smartphone to operate. The other 99 percent is needed by the wider economy to manufacture the phone, and to run the cell towers and data centers that enable the phone to function. The mobile phone is a high-energy technology masquerading as a low-energy one."

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