Untapped malaise about 5G and its attendant infrastructure is gathering momentum around the country. More and more communities are taking action to rein in the proliferation of 5G wireless infrastructure set to add millions of small cells to our already radiation saturated environment.
Turning a blind eye to public sentiment regarding health concerns and environmental impacts – and convinced that no one and nothing can stop them – the wireless industry continues to foist their deployment of wireless infrastructure on municipalities around the country. In response, communities are organizing to halt or slow 5G build-out and try to keep it away from residential neighborhoods.
The 1996 Telecommunications Act, removed the public’s right to oppose cell towers on the grounds of environmental impacts from radiation, Since then, judges have interpreted this to include health effects to humans as well. Therefore, much creativity is needed to find “workarounds” to slow or stop the infiltration of these unwanted towers and small cells in our communities.
Below you will find many resources that will hopefully be useful in opposing 5g infrastructure at all levels. Please check back periodically as this page will change to reflect the ever evolving landscape of the push to deploy, and the resistance to, 5g.
Federal legislation S 19 and S 88 would preempt local zoning rights and streamline the deployment of “small cells.” These bills have still not been voted on!! Click HERE for information about asking your senators to put a hold on these bills.
According to a recent article, Handcuffing cities to help Telecom Giants; Carriers Are Pushing States and the FCC to Constrain Public Rights, They Say it’s for the Mythical “5g,” We Should Be Very Skeptical, the following states have bills pending or passed that are “broadly aimed at removing ‘small cells’ from a city’s oversight.” AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, MN, MO, NB, NC, NE, OH, PA, RI, TX, VA, and WA
THE STATE OF THE STATES: (More coming soon)
North Carolina: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article155178049.html
AND WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION?
CALL TO ACTION!
WIRELESS ACTION- ACT NOW!
This webpage lists all the pending “small cell” legislation from around the country and how to take action. Please take a moment to visit this page and take action to oppose all legislation that would remove our ability to fight 5G antennas! POST AND SHARE THIS LINK WIDELY. https://wirelessaction.wordpress.com/voice/
MESSAGE FROM RONALD M. POWELL, (PH.D., APPLIED PHYSICS, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
MONTGOMERY COUNTY [MARYLAND] EXECUTIVE, ISIAH LEGGETT REPORTS ON “MEETING WITH THE FCC TO DISCUSS MICROTOWERS AND SMALL CELL WIRELESS ISSUES.”
May 23, 2017 – As recounted in this document, the Montgomery County officials who met with the FCC did an amazing job of communicating how their community ACTUALLY feels about small cells – including health impacts – and didn’t just listen passively to the FCC regurgitate industry spin about “public demand.” For a review of meeting click HERE.
SAMPLE LETTER AND ADVICE FOR THOSE OPPOSING 4G/5G SMALL CELLS:
1. Only facts and law (substantive matters) count under the law, therefore any personal “concerns”, “fears”, “alarm”, etc. would only destroy everyone’s well-meaning efforts.
2. Only established science counts under the law, therefore any citation of the international law known as the Precautionary Principal, which states that “scientific cause-and-effect relationships are not established”, would only destroy everyone’s well-meaning efforts.
3. The Telecommunications Act (TCA) preemption clause Section 704, far from tying City officials’ hands, actually requires City officials to regulate wireless facilities’ operations and all activities on various bases, as shown in the attached letter. (Excerpt below)
“Proponents misrepresent the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TCA) as preempting all state and local regulation of wireless facilities. State and local governances are preempted only from regulating the “placement, construction, and modification” of wireless facilities based on their “environmental effects”. Preemption includes neither health effects nor health science. Nor is regulation of operations preempted on any basis. State and local governments remain authorized and obligated to regulate every activity not preempted by TCA, and on every basis not preempted.”
Click HERE for sample letter.
JOURNALIST BLAKE LEVITT’S “CALL TO ACTION”
CALIFORNIA’S BILL SB 649
For instructions on opposing California’s bill SB 649, click HERE.
LETTER FROM THE MARIN COUNCIL OF MAYORS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS OPPOSING SB 649
Strong letter from the Marin Council of Mayors and Council Members Opposing SB 649, opposing the California bill intended to streamline “small cell” deployment and preempt local zoning rights for wireless infrastructure. Please click HERE.
SUPERB OP ED PIECE OPPOSING NORTH CAROLINA’S HB 310 REGARDING 5G INFRASTRUCTURE.
ANOTHER GREAT OP ED PIECE – THIS ONE IN OPPOSITION TO CALIFORNIA’S SB 649 REGARDING 5G INFRASTRUCTURE.
LETTERS BY MEDICAL DOCTORS/PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS TO SCHOOLS ON WIRELESS HEALTH RISKS IN SCHOOLS
Environmental Health Trust has assembled a great list of letters from leading experts. Although most of these letters address WiFi in schools, they can be repurposed to alert communities and legislators about the harms from “small cells” as well.
FIGHT OVER SMALL CELL SITING CONTINUES AS VERIZON URGES FCC TO HELP CLEAR MUNICIPAL “MINEFIELD”
Verizon whines to the FCC about the “minefield of delays” and “overly burdensome requirements” in citing “small cells”. CLICK HERE.
LETTER FROM THE CTIA TO CHAIR HUESO OF THE SENATE ENERGY, UTILITIES AND COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE, CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE.
Letter from the CTIA lobbying the California Senate to pass legislation streamlining the deployment of 5g infrastructure.
Helps to get a sense of how industry is pitching 5g. click HERE.
AT&T COMMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE FCC ON STREAMING 5G DEPLOYMENT.
Please click HERE.
“The Commission should promote small cell facility deployments and advance the provision of new and advanced services by clarifying the limits of state and local authority to regulate small cell deployments under Sections 253 and 332 of the Communications Act and signaling its intention to preempt state and local regulations that exceed those limits.”
“The Commission must act now to remove these deployment barriers so that providers can meet exploding demands on their networks and deploy the infrastructure that will enable the United States to maintain its world leadership in wireless broadband deployment.”
REMARKS BY FCC COMMISSIONERS ON 5G DEPLOYMENT
Following are links to “Remarks” by the 3 FCC Commissioners on the proceeding Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment – April 20th, 2017.
Following are links to “Remarks” by the 3 FCC Commissioners from the initial meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) – April 21st, 2017
SMALL CELLS & A WIRELESS WORLD, THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE
by Oona McOuat
An Electronic Document Submitted to the Salt Spring Local Island Trust, Mar. 12, 2017. This is a wonderful presentation by Oona McOuat, on 5G and EMFs. It was written to the city of Salt Spring, BC to assist them in making informed decisions around 5G build-out. It can be used as is, or modified as needed by other communities. Document can be found here.
For a quick, accessible introduction to small cells, wireless, and wildlife, please also check out Cellular Deception, a music video by Oona McQuat.
TWO HANDOUTS ABOUT 5G AND THE IOT:
Both handouts have 2 links: a PDF version and a WORD version. You can either use the PDF version as it stands or can adapt or alter the WORD version as needed to suit your specific audience. If you choose to alter the WORD version, please remove the logo at the top and the contact email and website at the end of the document. In other words, if you change the document, it should not appear to come from the www.whatis5g.info website. (A link to the 5g website can be included in the links section, if you so choose.)
When printing, ask the printer for double-sided printing to save on paper and to use the “booklet option” on the printer. This will result in a “booklet” which is far neater and more manageable for a handout than two pages stapled together. Please feel free to post and share widely.
MICROCELL FLYER FROM CANADA:
Microcell Flyer for FCM (PDF Version)
Microcell Flyer for FCM (Word Version)
OPEN LETTER TO THE WIRELESS INDUSTRY (PART 1):
Great letter to the wireless industry in response to an inquiry about what the wireless industry could do to “foster acceptance of wireless infrastructure. Though there is no mention in the letter about the harmful effects of RF on humans and wildlife, in all other respects, this letter is spot-on and very well articulated. Click HERE.
SB 649 CHALLENGES | LEGISLATIVE PITFALLS
By Omar Masry April 5th, 2017 – This article provides excellent material when up against government officials who don’t like to hear about the health or environmental effects of wireless radiation. Click HERE.
LETTER TO RAISE AWARENESS AMONGST CHURCH LEADERS, PRINCIPALS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS…
Pastor urges church leaders and school administrators to not be bought off by the Telecom industry. “Accepting the money would mean we betray the very community we are called to love and serve.” Click HERE.
MILESTONE COMMUNICATIONS LETTER TO PGCPS CEO WITHDRAWING FROM ELEANOR ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL AND ACCOKEEK ACADEMY
Letter announcing that Milestone Communications has withdrawn its application for a cell tower at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Letter comes after much community opposition. http://nocelltoweratpgcpsschools.blogspot.com/2017/06/milestone-communications-letter-to.html
WALL OF SHAME – GALLERY OF PHOTOS OF 5G “SMALL CELLS”
COMMUNITIES ORGANIZING TO OPPOSE CELL TOWERS
http://antennasinquestion.com New Jersey
http://www.fightthecelltower.com/home.html Long Valley, NJ
https://www.peer.org/campaigns/public-lands/cell-tower-invasion/ Yellow Stone National Park
http://www.aacoacts.org Anne Arundel County, MD
https://burbankaction.wordpress.com/category/cell-towers-and-wireless-facilites/ Burbank City, CA
http://nocelltoweratpgcpsschools.blogspot.com/2017/05/testimony-in-opposition-to-milestone.html Prince George’s County, MD
SELECTED STUDIES, DOCUMENTS, AND WEBSITES ON CELL TOWERS AND HEALTH:
Below are just a few selected studies specific to the effects of cell towers on health. Many other studies can be found at this link: http://whatis5g.info/links-to-resources/
SELECTED STUDIES, DOCUMENTS, AND WEBSITES ON CELL TOWERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Below are just a few selected studies specific to the effects of cell towers on the environment. Many other studies can be found at this link: http://whatis5g.info/links-to-resources/