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I will start by explaining the latest problem – the assault on public health, and then go into detail on four areas that would benefit from a note of opposition by you and whoever you can convince to follow up:
5G small cells are not needed for cellular service but are being deployed to bring about the Internet of Things, which is an effort to connect every machine, appliance, “thing”, and device wirelessly to the Internet. This rollout will involve deploying millions of cell towers/small cells and power supplies throughout our residential neighborhoods. An industry video on 5G can be found here if you are not yet familiar with 5G and the Internet of Things. Please also see www.whatis5G.info for more information.
The FCC approved the rollout of 5G in July 2016 despite the National Toxicology Program release of “preliminary findings” from their $25 million study on health effects of cell phone radiation. An exposed group of rats showed statistically significant increases in Gliomas and Shwanomas of the heart as well as other adverse health effects – The NTP findings corroborate many other studies linking cell phone use with cancer and comes in the wake of thousands of peer-reviewed studies showing harm from exposure to wireless radiation. Perhaps this study accounts, in part, for the mad rush to get 5G-infrastructure in place before public awareness would become an obstacle.
In addition, the FCC has not completed their 2013 Docket 13-84, Reassessment of Federal Communications Commission Radiofrequency Exposure Limits and Policies – all this while the Department of the Interior (DOI) wrote in 2014 that the FCC standards are 30 years out of date and inapplicable. The rollout of 5G has significant public health and environmental ramifications.
Since the FCC approval in July, the wireless industry has been lobbying hard at both the Federal and State levels to remove any roadblocks to small cell antenna deployments that would place antenna arrays that output 1,250 Watts Effective Radiated Power (ERP) or higher, 15-30 feet from second story bedrooms. The biggest roadblock is local zoning regulations that control siting processes. The wireless companies want unbridled access to the rights of way on our residential streets and properties. Unless there is a massive public outcry, the wireless industry will prevail.
Small cell deployment in residential areas will require a minimum installation every 300-500 feet per industry documents and can include antennas on light posts, utility poles, and street signs as well as 65-foot mini cell towers on your front lawn.
See this photo that shows what happened to a Maryland homeowner (page 25) here.
Other examples of what 5G small cells look like and what could show up next to our homes can be seen here.
Current Wireless Industry Initiatives and Actions You Can Take
1) US Senate: There are two bills pending in the US Senate, which are intended to fast track the deployment of 5G and the IoT, as well as to preempt local zoning regulations:
S19 – The MOBILE NOW Act – “To provide opportunities for broadband investment, and for other purposes.” https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/19/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22S19%22%5D%7D&r=1
S88 – The DIGIT Act: “To ensure appropriate spectrum planning and interagency coordination to support the Internet of Things.” – https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/88/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22S88%22%5D%7D&r=1
More on these bills and Instructions for contacting your senators can be found here.
3) US Department of Transportation:
COMMENT PERIOD FOR THIS ENDED.
The US Department of Transportation has a proposed rule out for comment that will MANDATE two way radios and “basic safety messaging” in all new light trucks and cars. These radios transmit 10X a second. If you read their documents you will see that this is step 1. Down the road they will mandate after market devices for all cars and trucks. And further down the road prohibit human drivers. Comments close for this Docket on April 12, 2017. See https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NHTSA-2016-0126
4) State Initiatives:
The wireless industry never puts their eggs in one basket, so they are lobbying the states to preempt local zoning regulations. A bill has already passed in Ohio. Note the limits placed on local authority control:
Limits On Local Authority
In new Section 4939.0315, the Bill prohibits 17 specific actions by location governments. Among other things, under the Bill local governments cannot
- Prohibit location in residential areas or within a specific distance from a residence;
- Requirethe applicant to submit information or otherwise consider “need” for the facility, customer demand, or quality of service;
- Evaluatethe request based on availability of other potential locations (however the city can propose an alternate location within 50 feet, which must be used if the applicant has authority and there are not technical limits or additional costs);
- Require removal of existing wireless support structures or facilities;
- Require bonds, escrow deposits, or letters of credit, unless also imposed generally on right of way occupants;
- Impose unreasonable requirements regarding appearance;
- Require the use of municipally-owned facilities or property;
- Require the applicant to agree to allow collocation;
- Limit the duration of permits;
- Impose setbacks or fall zone requirements that are different from requirements, if any, imposed on other structures in the public rights of way;
- Impose separation requirements between wireless facilities
Bills in other states:
There are bills in Florida as well as in Virginia that will preempt local control over the deployment of small cell infrastructure.
California’s Senate Bill 649 — small cells – http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB649
There may be bills in other states as well. Everyone needs to check his/her own state.
Overwhelmed yet? This is an onslaught. The wireless industry and our government want to get these small cell/cell towers everywhere! Please consider sending something out to your personal mailing/reader lists to alert the public of these initiatives and encourage them to call/write their local, state and federal representatives, or just post a link to this document on FB or Twitter.