Government Actions

Government Actions
The Telecom industry has been hard at work lobbying government officials at the federal level, the state level, and at the FCC to speed the deployment of small cells.  And, as we have grown accustomed to, our government is happily doing their bidding, much to the chagrin of a growing number of people.  Following are summaries of some actions taken thus far. 

 

FEDERAL LEVEL

Take Action to Oppose 5g and Federal Wireless Expansion. 

Message from EMF Safety Network below.  (For full post please go to http://emfsafetynetwork.org and scroll down to where it says, Take Action to Oppose 5g and Federal Wireless Expansion.)

We need your help!

Yesterday we mailed 541 joint letters to Congress members. The letter is signed by dozens of health, environment and justice advocates and organizations asking them to oppose the many federal bills related to 5G and wireless radiation expansion. It is packed with peer-reviewed science references and solid reasons to oppose.

Please contact your own US Senators and Representative to let them know you support the letter. This is really important because they place more value on hearing from their constituents.

It is easy to contact them via their websites. Below is a sample email, which you can edit, copy and paste into their website contact page. If you’d prefer you can mail, or fax them the letter.

Find your US Senators here:
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/senators_cfm.cfm 

Find Your US Representative here:
https://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep

For SAMPLE EMAIL please go to the original post at http://emfsafetynetwork.org and scroll down.

Link to Letter to Congress from health, environment, and justice advocates and organizations: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Letter-to-Congress-2017-1.pdf

To: United States Senators and Representatives
From: Health, environment, and justice advocates and organizations
Please oppose any and all bills related to 5G and wireless radiation expansion Date: November 13, 2017

 

Index of Active Federal and State Telecom Bills:

There are currently 42 bills pertaining to wireless, 5g-small cell siting, and the Internet of Things at the Federal level. To see the full list of bills, please go to http://scientists4wiredtech.com/legislation/

For the most recent bill being drafted please see, U.S. Senate bill could boost wireless technology

A bipartisan effort to speed the development of advanced wireless networks nationwide is under way in the U.S. Senate.
Draft legislation by Sens. John Thune, R-South Dakota, and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, would require state and local government agencies to act on applications for multiple-company wireless applications within 60 days. The bill would also provide guidelines for fees that telecom companies would pay to access state and local sites for wireless relays and would give cable operators a “presumed right” to public rights of way.

H.Res.53, sponsored by Representative Robert E. Latto, titled Get Out of the Way and Stay Out of the Way, captures the sentiment of most of these bills. As stated on the bill:

H.Res.53 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that in order to continue aggressive growth in the Nation’s telecommunications and technology industries, the United States Government should “Get Out of the Way and Stay Out of the Way”.

The following bill may be one of the most important ones to focus on as it may prove to be an extension of Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act which preempts regulation of the placement of wireless facilities on the basis of environmental effects, and which has been interpreted to include health effects to humans as well.: 

S 1988, the SPEED Act, was introduced on October 19th, 2017.  For more on this bill, please see Bipartisan Bill Could SPEED Next-Gen Broadband .

“A bipartisan bill has been introduced that would streamline the deployment of broadband infrastructure in areas that had already been ‘subjected’ to historical or environmental reviews, including by preempting FCC reviews.”  

Apparently, humans can forego pollinators and other forms of wildlife, but not data! 

For more information on opposing small cell legislation on the Federal level, please check out the following page by Environmental Health Trust which lists current federal legislation and actions you can take to protect your community by contacting your federal elected officials and enjoining them to protect the public.

United States Federal Legislation On 5G Small Cells – TAKE ACTION on Legislation stripping the community right to decision making on wireless facilitiehttps://ehtrust.org/federal-legislation-5g-small-cells/


STATE LEVEL

THE STATE OF THE STATES:  Please see Environmental Health Trust’s List of US States with Legislation (Proposed and Passed) Regarding Streamlining of Wireless Facilities in Rights of Way.  https://ehtrust.org/list-us-state-bills-streamlining-wireless-small-cellsdasnodes-rights-way/

For the 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 by Susan Crawford, John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard, click, HERE.


FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION  (Please click on link below.)

http://whatis5g.info/infrastructure/2017/05/whats-happening-at-the-fcc/