Update from What is 5g, July 19th, 2017

Update from What is 5g, July 19th, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Public Service Announcement FBI 

CONSUMER NOTICE: INTERNET-CONNECTED TOYS COULD PRESENT PRIVACY AND CONTACT CONCERNS FOR CHILDREN  July 17th, 2017.

“The FBI encourages consumers to consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive, internet-connected toys into their homes or trusted environments. Smart toys and entertainment devices for children are increasingly incorporating technologies that learn and tailor their behaviors based on user interactions. These toys typically contain sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components, and other multimedia capabilities – including speech recognition and GPS options. These features could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed.”

Commentary: Looking forward to the day when the FBI extends this public service announcement to all IoT “things”!!!
https://www.ic3.gov/media/2017/170717.aspx

 

WiFi Refugees  July 17th, 2017, Alexey Brazhnikov.  Russia Today TV (RTTV).  Showing tomorrow!!!

Trailer for documentary about EHS that I believe will air starting Wednesday, July 19 on Russia Today Television.  Watch ‘Wi-Fi Refugees’ on July 19 on RTD website and on RT’s live feed. The time of the broadcast is available on RT’s schedule page.

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https://www.rt.com/shows/documentary/396570-electrosensitive-people-waves-technology/

 

Local Leaders Express Disappointment as Assembly Committee Sides with Corporate Interests over Citizen Control City, County Officials vow to continue fight against SB 649
Every state has a League of Cities that may prove extremely helpful in opposing the Telecom power grab of local zoning rights in your state. The following is a strong statement put out by the League of California Cities:
“A growing coalition of community leaders and local elected officials vowed to continue their fight to defeat what the Los Angeles Times called ‘an audacious power grab’ by Telecom giants that will undermine local control, and transfer hundreds of millions of dollars from key government services to the bottom line of the world’s largest wireless companies.”
“Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.”
http://www.cacities.org/Top/News/Press-Releases/2017/Local-Leaders-Express-Disappointment-as-Assembly-C

 

 

HEALTH

Discussion with Emilie van Deventer on the status of the Environmental Health Criteria  July 18th, 2017, Dariusz Leszczynski.  Between a Rock and a Hard Place.
“At the recent BioEM2017 meeting in Hangzhou, China, I spoke at length with Emilie van Deventer (EvD), Head of the WHO EMF Project, about the current status of the work on the Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) for the RF-EMF….Below is what I got to know and what I did not get to know from Emilie van Deventer, in our face-to-face discussion in Hangzhou and subsequent e-mail exchange…”
https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/discussion-with-emilie-van-deventer-on-the-status-of-the-environmental-health-criteria/

 

5G And The IOT: Scientific Overview Of Human Health Risks  Environmental Health Trust.

If someone asks you for just one link on the health impacts of 5g and the IoT, this would be a great one to share.
https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/cell-phoneswireless/5g-networks-iot-scientific-overview-human-health-risks/

 

Electromagnetic fields may act via calcineurin inhibition to suppress immunity, thereby increasing risk for opportunistic infection: Conceivable mechanisms of action  June 28th, 2017?, O. Johansson, P.R. Doyon.
“It is hypothesized here that, depending on the parameters, one of the means by which long-term electromagnetic field exposure has the potential to eventually lead to immunosuppression is via downstream inhibition of the enzyme calcineurin — a protein phosphatase, which activates the T-cells of the immune system and can be blocked by pharmaceutical agents.”
http://www.medical-hypotheses.com/article/S0306-9877(17)30171-8/fulltext

 

Resources to Share with Parents and Schools compiled by Parents for Safe Technology
Excellent compilation of resources on wireless to hand out to neighbors, schools, health care practitioners, elected reps etc.
http://www.parentsforsafetechnology.org/resources-to-print-out.html

 

The Invisible Rainbow. A History of Electricity and Life  Book by Arthur Firstenberg
“In The Invisible Rainbow, Arthur Firstenberg bridges the two worlds. In a story that is rigorously scientific yet easy to read, he provides a surprising answer to the question, ‘How can electricity be suddenly harmful today when it was safe for centuries?’”
http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/?page_id=1427

 

Cell Towers At Schools: Godsend Or God-Awful?  July 14, 2017, Julie Depenbrock.  NPR Ed.
Commentary:  Glad to see that NPR is finally covering cell towers on school grounds in what appears, at first blush, to be reasonably fair coverage. That said, the article concludes with EMF “expert” McCormick’s statement, “Even 30 meters away from a tower, children’s exposure to RF would be ‘almost zero.’”  Judging from measurements I have taken, this statement seems inaccurate.
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/07/14/535403513/cell-towers-at-schools-godsend-or-god-awful

 

WiFi Refugees  July 17th, 2017, Alexey Brazhnikov.  Russia Today TV (RTTV).  Showing tomorrow!!!
Trailer for documentary about EHS that I believe will air starting Wednesday, July 19 on Russia Today Television.  Watch ‘Wi-Fi Refugees’ on July 19 on RTD website and on RT’s live feed. The time of the broadcast is available on RT’s schedule page.

https://www.rt.com/shows/documentary/396570-electrosensitive-people-waves-technology/

 

WILLIAM REA, MD, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CENTER, WIRELESS POLLUTION: THE EPIDEMIC OF THE 21ST CENTURY
“Meet Dr. William Rea, founder of the Environmental Health Center in Dallas. Originally a cardiac surgeon, he founded the leading environmental medicine clinic in the U.S. in 1978. Here you will hear this thoughts on risks from electromagnetic fields and how he and his colleagues work to lower electrosensitivity in patients.”
http://manhattanneighbors.org/rea/

 

Science Fair Project:  Smart Card? A Study of ElectroMagnetic Fields Produced by RFID Transmitters
“As RFID technology is becoming more integrated into our daily lives (office buildings, shipment tracking, theft prevention, passports, credit cards, transportation systems, etc.), it is even more important to understand the possible health risks from the EMF emitted by RFID transponders. This experiment tested the EMF to determine the overall safety of these devices.”
https://www.education.com/science-fair/article/smart-card-electromagnetic-fields/

 

Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and Dogs: A Review of the Literature 1990–2006   Caspian Report
Recommendations: “1) Further microchipping of humans should be immediately discontinued; (2) Implanted patients should be informed in writing of the research findings and offered a procedure for microchip removal, and (3) Policy makers should reverse all animal microchipping mandates.”
http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Microchip-Induced-Tumors-in-Lab-Rodents-and-Dogs-A-Review-of-the-Literature-1990-2006-by-CASPIAN.pdf

 

Two other links about microchip implants in animals: 

 

    • CASPIAN’s September 9, 2007 Press Release:
      “Microchip Implants Cause Fast-Growing, Malignant Tumors in Lab Animals”
  • Original AP Article:
    “Chip Implants Linked to Animal Tumors,” by Todd Lewan, Associated Press

 

A bit off topic, but of interest:  

 
World Life Expectancy  Website with comparative data by country on causes of death.  Some results were surprising, for example, the US ranked quite low on strokes relative to other countries!!
http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/our-purpose

 

 

ETHICS OF THE IOT, and JOB LOSS

 

These commuters are implanting microchips in their hands to replace train tickets  June 14th, 2017.  Channel 4 News.
Commentary:  In my humble opinion, microchips have no business being implanted into animals or humans.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RkePQTiY1o

 

Elon Musk likes most technology, but he wants one sector regulated  July 16th, 2017, Jake Jones.
Musk warned that the hyper-competitivenesss of the Tech Industry could push developers to work on A.I. before their competitors. And ‘If that happens without any kind of oversight,’ Musk said, ‘It could pose the greatest risk we face as a civilization.’”
“And Musk isn’t the only prominent techno-wiz to warn us about A.I. Stephen Hawking has said he believes artificial intelligence could ‘spell the end of the human race.'”
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/07/16/elon-musk-likes-most-technology-but-he-wants-one-sector-regulat/23032997/

 

…and another perspective:

 

ELON MUSK’S FREAK-OUT OVER KILLER ROBOTS DISTRACTS FROM OUR REAL AI PROBLEMS  July 17th, 2017, Tom Simonite.
In warning about future end of humanity scenarios resulting from AI, Elon Musk risks overlooking the shorter term problems from AI that need to be addressed now.
https://www.wired.com/story/elon-forget-killer-robots-focus-on-the-real-ai-problems/

 

…And then again another opinion:

 

Can we build AI without losing control over it?  Oct. 19th, 2016, Sam Harris.  TED Talks.
“Scared of superintelligent AI? You should be, says neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris — and not just in some theoretical way. We’re going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven’t yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nt3edWLgIg

 

…and then Stephen Hawking on AI:

 

Stephen Hawking: Out of Control Artificial Intelligence(AI) Will Control Mankind!  May 20th, 2017.
“Stephen Hawking issued a stern warning on Artificial Intelligence(AI)”Out of Control Artificial Intelligence(AI) Will Control Mankind!” He said it would take off on its own, redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate and surpass the human evolution exponentially.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svz7m6dLiPg
Commentary:  Whatever your take, it seems that barreling headfirst into AI is shortsighted.

 

Does Silicon Valley have a moral responsibility to stop developing robots?  Jul 16, 2017, Andrew Keen.  Crunch Network.
“’This is code red, a firehose, a tsunami, that’s coming our way,’ he said about the impact of new technology on jobs and inequality. So is Newsom right? Is the job of entrepreneurs and technologists, in his words, to ‘exercise their moral authority’?”
“To answer this question, and to talk more generally about the impact of AI on employment, I sat down with the co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Andrew McAfee.”
“Should Silicon Valley exercise its moral authority to stop developing this job-killing technology? Here McAfee is unequivocal. Absolutely not, he says. Over the next fifty years, he acknowledges, the economy will become ‘massively automated’, but at the same time society will have had half a century to adapt itself to the march of the robots.”
Commentary: Personally, I don’t share McAfee’s optimism, but am sharing this piece anyway!  Hope he’s right and that we don’t destroy Life in the interim.
https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/16/does-silicon-valley-have-a-moral-responsibility-to-stop-developing-robots/?ncid=mobilenavtrend

 

Goodbye Loneliness, Hello Sexbots! How Can Robots Transform Human Sex?  July 17th, Reneeta Das.  Forbes.
“…we believe that by the end of the 2020s robots will be as ubiquitous as cellphones today.”
“…why the high demand [for sexbots]? To search for the answer, we delved deeper to understand the types of users for these products, categorized by the reasons they seek comfort in robotic arms….”
“While users could add their own requirements to her personalities, it comes with five pre-programed personalities–Frigid Farrah (reserved, shy), Wild Wendy (outgoing and adventurous), S&M Susan (ready to provide your pain/pleasure fantasies), Young Yoko (barely 18 and waiting for you to teach her) and Mature Martha (very experienced and would like to teach you). It can be bought for a starting price of $9,995, but it is somewhat of a mystery when it will be available. Eva, on the other hand, is being promoted as the first robot with full body movement capabilities, and is priced lower than the others–between $8,000 to $10,000.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/reenitadas/2017/07/17/goodbye-loneliness-hello-sexbots-how-can-robots-transform-human-sex/#424b177876e3

 

Nest Founder: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”  Tony Fadell, one of the minds behind the iPod and the iPhone, mulls design’s unintended consequences.  Katharine Schwab  Co.Design
“Fadell, who founded the smart thermostat company Nestin 2010 and who was instrumental in the creation of both the iPod and later the iPhone as a senior vice president at Apple, has done more to shape digital technology than many of his peers. But in a recent conversation at the Design Museum in London, Fadell spoke with a mix of pride and regret about his role in mobile technology’s rise to omnipresence.”
https://www.fastcodesign.com/90132364/nest-founder-i-wake-up-in-cold-sweats-thinking-what-did-we-bring-to-the-world

 

And…a bit off topic, or then again, maybe not: 

 

Paying Professors: Inside Google’s Academic Influence Campaign  July 14th, 2017, Brody Mullins and Jack Nicas
“Google operates a little-known program to harness the brain power of university researchers to help sway opinion and public policy, cultivating financial relationships with professors at campuses from Harvard University to the University of California, Berkeley.”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/paying-professors-inside-googles-academic-influence-campaign-1499785286

 

 

TAKE ACTION

 

Local Leaders Express Disappointment as Assembly Committee Sides with Corporate Interests over Citizen Control City, County Officials vow to continue fight against SB 649
Every state has a League of Cities that may prove extremely helpful in opposing the Telecom power grab of local zoning rights in your state. The following is a strong statement put out by the League of California Cities:
“A growing coalition of community leaders and local elected officials vowed to continue their fight to defeat what the Los Angeles Times called ‘an audacious power grab’ by Telecom giants that will undermine local control, and transfer hundreds of millions of dollars from key government services to the bottom line of the world’s largest wireless companies.”
“Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.”
http://www.cacities.org/Top/News/Press-Releases/2017/Local-Leaders-Express-Disappointment-as-Assembly-C

 

Tampa sets 120-day moratorium on permits for 5G wireless antennas on city rights of way  July 13th, Richard Danielson. Tampa Bay Times.
“With wireless companies saying time is of the essence, the City Council voted Thursday to enact a 120-day moratorium on accepting new applications to put 5G wireless antennas on city rights of way.”
http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/tampa-city-council-to-vote-on-pausing-permits-for-5g-wireless-equipment-on/2330223

 

Editorial: California should butt out of cities’ deals with telecom companies  July 16th, 2017,  East Bay Times Editorial Board. East Bay Times.
“A state bill that would give huge telecom companies a financial break and unprecedented rights to use public property at almost no cost is sailing through the Legislature this summer.
Why? Money, of course. Telecom companies measure profits in the tens of billions. California lawmakers understand this, so that’s whose side they’re on. The bill sailed through the Senate. Now it’s up to the Assembly to stand up for communities — particularly low-income neighborhoods — that will be harmed by it.”
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/07/16/editorial-california-should-butt-out-of-cities-deals-with-telecom-companies/

 

Brain Cancer Survivor Testifies Against Small Cell Rollout. (Learn more at  https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/cell-phoneswireless/5g-internet-everything/)
Testifying against California’s bill SB 649, this brain cancer survivor implores the legislators to oppose this bill.
Commentary: Beyond my comprehension how any legislator could vote in favor of SB 649 after hearing this testimony.
https://www.facebook.com/EHTrust/videos/1581879261830532/?hc_ref=ART2kJg2gD0uRYv00lpgVBF9KLZSsjTY1WDbWV50GmGKOeZhver0tZsIxqaXWCtjZek

 

Wooster law director informs council about Franklin County cell tower decision  Law director informs city council of decision  June 12th, 2017, Steven F. Hiszai
“Applebaum was referring to the legal battle stretched out across the state of Ohio as more than 90 municipalities have joined in several lawsuits alleging the state Legislature breached the Ohio Constitution when it tucked new regulations overseeing small cell tower facilities into a puppy mill bill.  ‘I’ve never seen cities band together to generate lawsuits like this,’ Mayor Robert Breneman previously told council.
http://www.the-daily-record.com/local%20news/2017/06/12/wooster-law-director-informs-council-about-franklin-county-cell-tower-decision

 

‘Twitter and Tear Gas’ Looks at How Protest Is Fueled and Crushed by the Internet  July 6th, 2017, Bruce Schneier.  Motherboard.
“‘The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest’ is the book’s subtitle. The power of the internet as a tool for protest is obvious: it gives people newfound abilities to quickly organize and scale. But, according to Tufekci, it’s a mistake to judge modern protests using the same criteria we used to judge pre-internet protests. The 1963 March on Washington might have culminated in hundreds of thousands of people listening to Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, but it was the culmination of a multi-year protest effort and the result of six months of careful planning made possible by that sustained effort.”
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/43dx3j/twitter-and-tear-gas-review

 

 

E-WASTE

 

Why You Should Take Disposal of E-Waste Seriously  July 13th, 2017, Anurit Kanti.  Business World.
“The generation of e-waste is set to exponentially increase, given that more and more of technology becomes obsolete with rapid technological progress.”
http://www.businessworld.in/article/Why-You-Should-Take-Disposal-of-E-Waste-Seriously/13-07-2017-122078/
Also see, http://businessworld.in/article/-90-Of-E-Waste-Is-Recycled-In-Environmentally-Crude-Manner-/15-07-2017-122193/

 

The Oncoming E-Waste Hell  Aug. 8th, 2016.  WeAreChange.
“How are the west’s ‘recycled’ TVs and computers ending up in a toxic dump in Ghana? Dateline investigates the trade in e-waste which is poisoning a once picturesque part of Africa.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRiCdM_qGhw

 

How criminals could be spying on you inside your own home through household gadgets linked to the internet – including your TV, baby monitor and even your KETTLE  July 11th, 2017, Tom Rawstorne. Daily Mail.
“Footage from private security cameras from more than 500 sites across the UK – including businesses and homes – is being broadcast on a Russian website.”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4686872/How-criminals-use-household-gadgets-spy-you.html

 

 

PRIVACY

 

Public Service Announcement FBI 

CONSUMER NOTICE: INTERNET-CONNECTED TOYS COULD PRESENT PRIVACY AND CONTACT CONCERNS FOR CHILDREN  July 17th, 2017.
“The FBI encourages consumers to consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive, internet-connected toys into their homes or trusted environments. Smart toys and entertainment devices for children are increasingly incorporating technologies that learn and tailor their behaviors based on user interactions. These toys typically contain sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components, and other multimedia capabilities – including speech recognition and GPS options. These features could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed.”
Commentary: Looking forward to the day when the FBI extends this public service announcement to all IoT “things”!!!
https://www.ic3.gov/media/2017/170717.aspx

 

Government “Searches” Conducted Using Smart Meters Considered “Reasonable” by Industry Proponents  June 4th, 2017, K.T. Weaver.  Smart Grid Awareness.
“So what the parties of APPA, EEI, and NRECA are saying is that whatever government bureaucrats in collusion with their corporate partners determine to be a “means of advancing significant government interests” or the “promotion of legitimate government interests,” [emphasis added], then that justifies you forgoing your constitutional right to privacy.”
https://smartgridawareness.org/2017/06/04/government-searches-using-smart-meters-considered-reasonable/

 

The 5 worst big data privacy risks (and how to guard against them) CSO from IDG.  July 14th, 2017, Taylor Armerding.
“It [Big Data] can also lead to big privacy problems. By now it is glaringly obvious that when people generate thousands of data points every day — where they go, who they communicate with, what they read and write, what they buy, what they eat, what they watch, how much they exercise, how much they sleep and more — they are vulnerable to exposure in ways unimaginable a generation ago.
http://www.csoonline.com/article/2855641/privacy/the-5-worst-big-data-privacy-risks-and-how-to-guard-against-them.html

 

 

Message from Pennsylvania Smart Meter Awareness (PASMA)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2017
 
WHAT CAN PENNSYLVANIANS DO ABOUT THE UNTENABLE SMART METER HEALTH HAZARDS AND THE PA PUC’s ACT 129 TYRRANY?

PASMA has been hearing almost constantly from customers who refuse AMI Smart Meters on to their electric service about harassment techniques from several electric utility companies across Pennsylvania. The tactics employed are not in keeping with either U.S. or Pennsylvania Constitutional guarantees to life, liberty and the pursuit of safety insofar as citizens must be provided with choice in the matter of how modern electric service impacts their health.

The mandated retrofitting of AMI Smart Meters, which pump out 2.4 plus gigahertz (A Gigahertz [GHz] is a frequency equal to one billion hertz or cycles per second) onto in-wall, 60-Hz-rated-electric wires (fire hazard?), has caused much suffering for those who either are electromagnetically hypersensitive (EHS) or exhibit idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI)—the medical diagnosis; suffer with chronic diseases, e.g., cancer, MS, Alzheimer’s, etc.; children on the Autism Spectrum; those who suffer with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), plus an entire host of illnesses affected by non-thermal radiation microwaves from AMI Smart Meters.

A classic case regarding EHS was that of the late Susan Kreider, RN, who suffered terribly as a result of previously having been damaged during nursing school from vaccinations she received in order to complete her studies.  Nurse Kreider filed a formal case and lawsuit with the U.S. Vaccine Court and after sixteen years was paid a monetary settlement.  As an apparent result of Nurse Kreider’s impaired immune system, she was left with certain health issues that were exacerbated by EMFs/RFs emitted by the AMI Smart Meter PECO retrofitted on to her home’s service.

Nurse Kreider passed into spirit life November 10, 2016 after a long, frustrating legal battle to keep the analog meter she was forced to put on to her home service in order to be able to live in her house!
Susan represented herself pro se before the PA Public Utility Commission’s Administrative Law Court.

However, some very damning information has surfaced in the form of Majority Chairman, House Consumer Affairs Commission Robert W. Godshall’s letter dated October 7, 2015 addressed to Gladys M. Brown, Chairman, PA Public Utility Commission (a copy PASMA has obtained).   In the two-page, four paragraph letter, Rep. Godshall seems to be sticking his nose where it does not belong and he should have known better than to write such a letter.  That interference by Godshall was address in Secretary of the PA PUC Commission Rosemary Chiavetta’s letter to Godshall dated October 7, 2015 wherein Chiavetta said:

“Since this matter is still pending a final decision by the Commission, and Chairman Brown and the Commissioners will be voting on the final adjudication of these matters, they are prohibited from responding to your letter due to the statutory prohibition on ex-parte communications at 66Pa.C.S. Section 334(c).  Please be advised that your comments will be served to all parties in this proceeding, and will be made public in the Commission’s record at the above docket numbers.”

Chairman Godshall is infamous for his callous remarks to constituents and others that he would never report out of committee numerous AMI Smart Meter Opt-Out Bills introduced over the last 6 years by PA legislators to correct the inhumane interpretation by the PA PUC of Act 129, which mandates people must gamble with their health and possibly become sick in order to have electric service in Pennsylvania.

However, if customers refuse an AMI Smart Meter, they receive cut-off threats and repeated harassment that their service will be disconnected, even though all their bills are paid in full. That should be illegal and prosecutable at law for harassment and threats, because Pennsylvanians understand that Act 129 (2008) was written, voted upon and signed into law as an OPT-IN Bill with no Opt-Out clauses necessary!  See HB2200/Act 129 (2008) §2807(f)7(2)(i) “Upon request from a customer that agrees to pay the cost of the smart meter at the time of the request.”

Furthermore, presenting a pro se case before the PA PUC Administrative Law Court seems to be nothing short of a sham exercise since the final decision is made by the Commission members, and not the Court, according to Secretary Chiavetta’s letter to Godshall dated October 7, 2015.

It’s time PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the PA state Legislature get involved in investigating the problems the PA PUC, Chairman Godshall and utility companies have created for thousands of Pennsylvanians who want nothing more than to live peacefully without being subjected to non-thermal radiation EMF/RF waves, which are documented scientifically to damage human health in various and sundry ways.

WHAT CAN PENNSYLVANIANS DO ABOUT THIS UNTENABLE HEALTH HAZARD AND UTILLITY TYRRANY?
Send formal complaints NOW to the PA PUC; the PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro; and the Pennsylvania Office Of Consumer Advocate, 55 Walnut St., 5th Floor Forum Place, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1923—Phone number 800-684-6560; FAX 717-783-7152; email consumer@paoca.org.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with a member of PASMA, please call Tom McCarey at 610-687-7607.

What’s Happening at the Federal Communications Commission?

What’s Happening at the Federal Communications Commission?

(Please note that this new development discussed at the post directly below may positively impact some of the FCC’s actions regarding preempting local zoning rights.)

The FCC Has No Authority To Overturn State Law Says Court

 

FCC Actions


As with other branches of our government, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pulling out all the stops in an effort to find ways to streamline the deployment of 4g/5g “small” cells.  Following is an update on some of these actions.


1.  On April 20th, 2017, the FCC announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry — WT Docket Nos. 17-79 and 15-180.

“This NPRM [Notice of Proposed Rule Making] examines regulatory impediments to wireless infrastructure investment and deployment and proposes measures to help remove or reduce such impediments. In this section, we address the process for reviewing and deciding on wireless facility deployment applications conducted by State and local regulatory agencies. We propose several potential measures or clarifications intended to expedite such review pursuant to our authority under Sections 332 of the Communications Act.”  

Public comment is open till June 9th, and Reply Comments (replying to comments submitted on this docket) are open through July 10th.  For more information, go to – https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/033043087115/DOC-344160A1.pdf where you will find a 50 page document that is likely more than most of us want to deal with.  But presumably, the gist of it is this docket is intended to “promote the rapid deployment of advanced wireless broadband service to all Americans.” 

According to an employee at the FCC who was quite up on the wireless issues, the Commission does not have to consider matters involving health effects from RF/MW radiation since that is not what they are seeking comment on in this docket.  Basically, the FCC wants us to play ball with them by not addressing the “elephant in the room” – health.  But as small cell deployment can impact people economically or through ADA violations, presumably those issues would be considered on topic.


2.  The 2013 Docket, ET Docket No. 03-137, on revising the RF/MW radiation Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) limits is still open!  And although technically public comment was closed years ago, according to the same FCC employee, Comments are still “trickling in” and do get filed.  He was not able to speak to what is holding up a ruling on this docket.

Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in ET Docket No. 03-137 http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/db0422/FCC-13-39A1.pdf
This is a 200 page document, but presumably, the gist of it is, “The Inquiry is intended to open discussion on both the currency of our RF exposure limits and possible policy approaches regarding RF exposure. We look forward to developing a complete record to determine whether the current rules and policies should remain unchanged, or should be relaxed or tightened.”  

For a short summary of ET Docket No. 03-137, check out this link – http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-seeks-to-reassess-rf-exposure-limits

 

Instructions for submitting comments to the FCC:

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/how-comment#comments


3.  The FCC is currently forming a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC):

“On January 31, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of a new federal advisory committee, the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC or Committee), which will provide advice and recommendations for the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access. The Commission intends to establish the BDAC for a period of two (2) years, with an expected starting date during the spring of 2017. [The first meeting was April 21st, 2017.]
According to the FCC:
“The BDAC’s mission will be to make recommendations for the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access, or ‘broadband,’ by reducing and/or removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment. This Committee is intended to provide an effective means for stakeholders with interests in this area to exchange ideas and develop recommendations for the Commission, which will in turn enhance the Commission’s ability to carry out its statutory responsibility to encourage broadband deployment to all Americans.”
For more about BDAC, please see https://www.fcc.gov/broadband-deployment-advisory-committee

There will be five working groups in BDAC: 

1. Model Code for Municipalities
2. Model Code for States
3. Competitive Access to Broadband Infrastructure
4. Removing State and Local Regulatory Barriers
5.  Streamlining Federal Siting

Health and environmental issues will not be addressed in any of these groups.



Letter to the FCC: 

Not quite clear on how the FCC actions described above fit together, I sent the following letter to two officials who work in the Wireless Broadband Deployment devision at the FCC, and followed up with a call to both of them.  I am still awaiting a response…and not holding my breath.  


Dear Mr. Mantiply and Mr. Doczkat: 

By way of introduction, I have no official title except for fellow human being seeking honest answers for myself, my children, my grandchildren, humanity, wildlife, and our Earth.  

I have 3 questions that perhaps you can answer or, if not, direct me to the right person for answers:  

1.  Is the 2013 ET Docket No. 03-137 on Maximum Permissible Exposure limits (MPE) of radio frequency/microwave radiation still open?  And if so, can the public submit comments or reply comments on it?  And will our comments be added to the official file? [ Although another FCC employee had told me this docket was still accepting comments, i wanted confirmation before writing this post.] 

2.  What is holding this up?  It has now been four years since this long awaited and overdue Docket was finally opened, and the public is still awaiting protection while the wireless industry is bull-dozing ahead full speed with 5g “small cell” deployment. 

3. On the FCC website, I found this statement about ET Docket No. O3-137: “The Inquiry is intended to open discussion on both the currency of our RF exposure limits and possible policy approaches regarding RF exposure. We look forward to developing a complete record to determine whether the current rules and policies should remain unchanged, or should be relaxed or tightened.” 

And yet there is another Docket that was opened on 4/20/2017 – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry WT Docket Nos. 17-79 and 15-180 aka “Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure” – that is seeking comment on what the FCC should do to accelerate the deployment of 5g infrastructure.  

How can the FCC consider or enact changes that would impede local communities from protecting themselves from the RF/MW radiation coming off of cell towers, antennas, and “small cells,” in close proximity to homes, when the Commission has not yet determined an up to date safe exposure limit?  

Thank you for your prompt response.  

Most Sincerely, 

Of note:

 

1.  The National Institute of Science, Law, and Public Policy (NISLAPP) is calling for the FCC to “inform the  American public about the radiation risks of cellphones and wireless transmitting devices and how these risks can be reduced.”

For the full document, Inform the Public of Wireless Tech Risks — 33 Recommendations for the Federal Communications Commission, please click here.

 

2.  A few elected representatives from Montgomery County, MD met with the FCC commissioners and staff to discuss “concerns” that many members of their community have expressed about the “siting of wireless telecommunications antennas and structures, including the health impacts of antennas, and the potential for proliferation of antennas in residential neighborhoods.”  As recounted by County Executive, Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County officials strongly advocated against the potential federal preemption of local zoning rights.  The full report can be found at this link – http://whatis5g.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/MoCo-County-Executive-Memo-to-FCC.pdf


Montgomery County will be holding a follow-up community meeting in the Executive Office Building cafeteria (101 Monroe Street in downtown Rockville) at 7PM on Wednesday, June 14th.  The purpose of the community meeting will be to discuss with the public the County’s newly-drafted Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA). The public is encouraged to attend!! (For County Executive Leggett’s discussion of ZTA click here.)

 

3.  Finally, on Thursday, June 8th there will be an “Event” in Washington DC, hosted by the information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), How Municipalities and Industry Can Collaborate to Spur Broadband Deployment. The ITIF’s stated mission is to “…promote new ways of thinking about technology-driven productivity, competitiveness and globalization,” so this meeting will likely not represent public sentiment in a balanced way.  For more information go to, https://itif.org/events/2017/06/08/how-municipalities-and-industry-can-collaborate-spur-broadband-deployment

 

Speakers:

• Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
• Robert Atkinson, President, ITIF (moderator)
• Van Bloys, Senior Government Affairs Counsel, Wireless Infrastructure Association
• Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy
• Hans Riemer, At-Large Member, Montgomery County Council

An interesting side note about the ITIF is that every year they choose a recipient for the Luddite Award for the “Year’s Worst Innovation Killer.”  Following is a quote from their 2015 nominee page:
“Neo-Luddites have wide-ranging targets, including everything from genetically modified organisms to new Internet apps, artificial intelligence, and even productivity itself.”  
Proud to be a ITIF Luddite!!
Message from Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. to Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Communities on 5G “Small Cells”

Message from Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. to Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Communities on 5G “Small Cells”

Please see the message at the link below from Ronald M. Powell (retired U.S. Government scientist; Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University) to Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Communities urging them to oppose the expansion of cellular technology, especially 5G, on health grounds.

 

The proponents of expanding cellular technology, especially the new Fifth Generation (5G) of cellular technology, are endeavoring to use each level of government to bar lower levels of government, as well as communities and individuals, from resisting the installation of 5G cell towers right in front of homes and businesses, including yours.  This one-page document explains why you should oppose this assault on local rule on health grounds.  The footnotes point to sources of additional information.

 

Message from Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. —  Please Oppose 5G –  http://whatis5g.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Please-Oppose-5G.pdf


Links to the two Documents by Ronald M. Powell cited in footnotes in his message. 

Why We Should Oppose 5G on Health Grounds – https://www.scribd.com/document/339826676/Why-We-Should-Oppose-5G-on-Health-Grounds

The Health Argument against Cell Phones and Cell Towers – https://www.scribd.com/document/320935636/The-Health-Argument-against-Cell-Phones-and-Cell-Towers

 

 

 

Journalist Blake Levitt on FCC Docket WT-17-21 – Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment

Journalist Blake Levitt on FCC Docket WT-17-21 – Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment

The FCC has opened a new ruling that is a potential direct assault on Section 704 of the Telecom Act which preserved specific planning & zoning rights to states and municipalities re: telecom tower/infrastructure siting. FCC, under Tom Wheeler, seriously chipped away at those rights with rulings that classified telecoms as public utilities thereby giving them the right to go anywhere in residential neighborhoods, instituting “shot clocks” whereby applications were deemed automatically approved if legitimate local review exceeded a certain deadline, and granted expedited review to Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and small cell networks — the upcoming backbone for the controversial 5G networks which will require literally millions of new antennas that mount to utility poles in public rights-of-way. These expedited reviews are for environmental and national historic preservation concerns — issues that by law the FCC must take into
consideration. These actions create go-rounds for the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, both of which have been used to alter proposed DAS designs in crowded historic coastal towns and in San Francisco.

Now comes the new and by all accounts more industry-favoring, aggressive, arch anti-regulation FCC chairman Ajit Pai, former general counsel for Verizon and many other stellar things (https://www.fcc.gov/about/leadership/ajit-pai), who makes Wheeler look downright democratic (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/technology/ajit-pai-fcc-telecom). In addition, there are now two bills in the U.S. Senate — the Mobil Now Act (S. 19) the DIGIT Act (S.88) that would legally greenlight this industry-friendly course of action, which the FCC needs to remove all perceived local/state obstacles in favor of industry needs/desires, obliterating all local jurisdiction to preserve and protect our cherished environmental or historic jewels. FCC’s new ruling requests info on exactly those obstacles (see below).

This is all moving VERY fast on every possible level between regulatory agencies and the legislature and not by accident. Some states, CT among them, are already in the vanguard in declaring that DAS/small cells do not require a public certificate for need and convenience, thereby removing the ability to review for overlapping, unnecessary coverage. All of this will create a heavy blanket of RF in close proximity to the population with large antenna mountings mere feet from some people’s homes. And there will be no legal recourse… All of the tools for local/state review are being removed.

Expect to see more on this subject and plan to comment at the FCC and to your U.S. Senators who should be asked to put a hold action on both S. 19 and S 88 ASAP. Those have passed all committees and could come up for a voice vote at any time.

In the very least, the national environmental and municipal planning associations should object to these actions, and so should other federal regulatory entities like U.S. Fish and Wildlife, EPA, etc. This is important.

Blake Levitt

Originally posted at: http://www.electronicsilentspring.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/FCC-new-ruling.pdf

Information on Opposing Florida’s Bills Streamlining Small Cell Deployment and Preempting Local Zoning Rights

Florida Senate (SB 596) and House (HB 687) are now heading to the Floors for votes. Calls to representatives are needed by Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Florida legislators contact numbers can be found at these links: (Note: These bills do not concern US reps (Rubio/Nelson)
These bills are intended to streamline deployment of 4g/5g small cells.  These are called “small cells”, but applications filed have some at 120 feet tall and some come with refrigerator sized equipment boxes. These bills were written by the wireless industry in an attempt to have the Florida state legislators preempt local siting processes and provide cheap access to public infrastructure and rights of way. This is an invasion on residential neighborhoods as public rights of way and infrastructure are impacted. Most people don’t realize it but the property in front of our homes as well as sometimes other parts (back and side yards) have public rights of way. Yes, we mow all the lawn and pay the property taxes, but certain portions of our property are not subject to our full control. These are usually areas where there are light posts, utility poles, and street signs.
Although all the cities, counties and municipalities vehemently opposed this bill, Tallahassee basically said, “tough,” and the now former (forced to resign) Senator Artiles actually told them at the end of the first meeting to “go and negotiate your best deal”. There has been little debate nor mention or concern by all sides that this is OUR property.
Admittedly, they have been negotiating, and the bill has gone through many changes. Local governments basically accepted the local preemption, got a few protective clauses inserted, brought the height limitations they can set down to 50 feet from 60 feet and now are haggling over price (annual rent). The original rent was $15 and it now stands at $150 per pole.
Other changes (since man is not created equal) – The Florida Dept of Transportation managed to get themselves exempted along with the municipal electric and cooperative electric companies. The Villages retirement community managed to get themselves exempted. Some barrier islands, less than 5 miles, 10K inhabitants who recently voted to underground (could that be Longboat Key?) got themselves exempted. And large developers managed to weigh in and properties subject to covenants, conditions and restrictions; articles of incorporation; or bylaws” got some protections if the structures do not comply with the restrictions. So its been a grande game of “Let’s make a deal” all month long.
Although these bills have been somewhat improved upon, a bad bill is a bad bill and should be opposed. You can find the bill and its analysis and read it for yourselves at the links below. Just click on the “Bill Text” or “Analysis” tabs and choose the document with the latest date. The bills change frequently, but both bills have cleared all their committees and are on the calendars for their respective floors to be voted on. This years session ends in about 11 days, so this will move quickly and I expect it to pass unless there is a large public outcry.
Some reasons to oppose these bills:
1) Home Rule – These bills preempt local authority over their public rights of way and zoning authority.
2) These bills are not necessary – locals are capable of negotiating directly with industry on what is needed for their communities.
3) These bills pick winners and losers which is not the role of the state. Wireless facilities are placed today on both public and private property. By setting a low rate for public properties you skew the market. These light poles, etc. were paid for by the people and their local representatives should be allowed to negotiate the proper price. Testimony at one House committee meeting pegged market rate at $2200/yr, and these bills only offer $150/year. Taxpayers should not subsidize private industry.
4) 50 foot mini cell towers and noisy associated equipment boxes should not be forced on residential areas.
5) These bills are discriminatory as they do not treat all public rights of way the same – namely the carve outs for the Florida Dept of Transportation, municipal electric utilities, The Villages, Barrier islands and certain PUD’s (planned unit developments).
6) The massive proliferation of small cell placements, especially in residential areas, where placement could be as close as 10 feet from a bedroom window, is a health hazard. This deployment should not be supported in light of the May 2016 release of the NTP rat/cellphone study until the FCC completes its work on FCC Docket 13-84 regarding reassessment of the RF radiation emission guidelines.
7) A good write-up, complete with pictures, was prepared by a former government local planner who is opposing a similar pending bill in California. It shows what happens when the placement and rules of wireless facilities are not well regulated and controlled. see https://medium.com/@omarmasry/sb-649-challenges-legislative-pitfalls-a61a4427651a
8) Ohio passed their bill in December and over 80 local communities are now suing the state. http://www.cleveland.com/brecksville/index.ssf/2017/04/brecksville_joins_cleveland_la.html
Please consider making some noise tomorrow. Most times these senators and representatives go along with these crazy bills because they hear no complaints from the people. Tell them to Vote NO.
For more info write to www.info@stopsmartmetersfl.org