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
Review of FCC Rally

Review of FCC Rally

The April 20th rally outside the FCC was spirited and filled with lots creativity and pizzazz, as you can see from the sampling of pictures – colorful signs, handouts, filming, singing, and much conversing with FCC people as they walked into work as well as with passers by. Among those rallying were a Greenbank EMS survivor, a “bee” (5g will drastically impact bees and other pollinators), a young child, some long time activists, as well as a number of newcomers to the cause. Many thanks to all those who made the effort to come as well as to those who sent positive energy and thoughts our way!

What was made ever so clear was that the Wireless Telecom Industry is aggressively pressuring the FCC, our federal legislators, as well as our state representatives to pass legislation, erase bylaws, do whatever they can (and cannot!) to remove hurdles – or as they say “impediments” – in order to deploy this CR$P in our communities and our yards AS FAST AND AS CHEAPLY AS POSSIBLE. It was also very evident that the FCC is chomping at the bit to help. And if the industry succeeds, we, the people, will be screwed (excuse the language)!

And yet, Commissioner Clyburn had the gall to state in her Concurring Statement, “In the end, it is the American consumer who will benefit from our efforts,” adding that consumers are “ever most in mind when I make decisions.”

Convinced of the fallacy of Clyburn’s statement, after the meeting, a few of us set out to do some short video interviews of a passers-by outside the Supreme Court to find out what their real thoughts and feelings were about 5g and the IoT. As we suspected, with the small sampling of people we interviewed, most didn’t know what 5g and the IoT were, and when informed, stated unequivocally they had NO interest in these. (Reasons varied.) We hope to put together a short video clip that will illustrate the wireless industry and the FCC’s gross misrepresentation of the wishes and what’s in the best interest of the American people.

After the rally a few of us tried to take a picture in front of the entrance to the FCC. The FCC guards informed us we would not be allowed to do so with our signs and T-shirts. One guard even told the “bee” that she would have to remove her mask for a picture – “No bees allowed at the FCC,” she was told. Pretty outrageous for sure!! Clearly, we have a lot of work ahead of us to change the “no bee” policies the FCC is forging, as well as the complete bulldozing of our rights to be informed and weigh in about 5g, driverless cars, and the Internet of Things.

A lot was accomplished at the rally as well as the following day when the “pesky bee” returned to the FCC for the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) launching.

We will follow up with a blog post soon with a summary report on the proceedings, and suggested ways forward.

Meanwhile please take a moment to read the following remarks by the three Commissioners:

Following are links to the remarks of the 3 FCC Commissioners on the proceeding Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment – April 20th meeting.

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0421/FCC-17-38A2.pdf |Commissioner Pai
http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0421/FCC-17-37A3.pdf | Commissioner Clyburn
http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0421/FCC-17-38A4.pdf |Commissioner O’Rielly

And below are links to the remarks of the 3 FCC Commissioners from the Initial Meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee – April 21st.

(If anyone is planning a rally elsewhere and would like to use the T-shirts or signs from the FCC rally, please contact us at rethinking5g@whatis5g.info.)

PRESS RELEASE for Rally Outside the FCC

PRESS RELEASE for Rally Outside the FCC

A coalition of groups dedicated to raising awareness about the harms of wireless radiation will be holding a rally on April 20th, outside the Federal Communications Commission to oppose the forced installation of 4G/5G “small cells” in our neighborhoods and to protect the zoning rights of local communities in siting decisions for wireless infrastructure.

4G/5G would deliver hundreds of thousands of new cell phone towers outfitting virtually every utility pole or lamppost around the country with a “small cell” antenna.

Each “small cell” would come equipped with a power supply – potentially the size of a refrigerator – that would greatly impact the aesthetics of communities.

Thousands of independent scientific studies have shown that RF/MW radiation causes adverse health effects. According to many experts, the densification of our neighborhoods with wireless 4G/5G antennas and other wireless infrastructure may prove to be a very ill-conceived idea.

Fiber Optic cable, on the other hand, is a safe, fast, reliable, and far more cyber-secure alternative, and does not impact our health. Echoing the views of many scientists and medical experts, those rallying are calling for fiber-optic cables to every home, school, and business instead of 4G/5G wireless antennas and infrastructure.

The coalition of groups are asking that

  • 4G/5G small cells not be forcibly placed next to homes and in residential neighborhoods
  • The wireless industry not preempt local zoning rights regarding the placement of wireless infrastructure
  • Every home, school, and business be connected with safe, reliable, cyber-secure, fiber optic cables.

For more information about the rally, please go to, http://whatis5g.info/action/2017/04/event-outside-the-federal-communications-commission-fcc/

For more information about 5G, please go to http://whatis5g.info

 

 

 

How many pizza boxes represent the volume of one DAS antenna?

How many pizza boxes represent the volume of one DAS antenna?

To combat a prevalent marketing, branding lie – “DAS antennas are the size of a pizza box” –  repeated by the CTIA, Wireless carriers, and legislators, I measured carefully, built a demo prop, photographed, and did the math. The prop, the photos, and the numbers do not lie. I cannot say the same for the Wireless companies, the CTIA, their lobbyists, or our legislators.

Inquiring minds need to know:  How many actual pizza boxes represent the volume of one DAS antenna, excluding all support equipment.

Answer: 10 to 60 pizza boxes.

DAS = Distributed Antenna System
Pizza Box (Domino’s Extra Large) = 16.25″ x 16.25″ x 2.00″ = 0.30 cubic feet (photo below)
Pizza Box (Domino’s Small) = 10.25″ x 10.25″ x 1.75″ = 0.10 cubic feet (photo below)
DAS Antenna volume allowed in SB.649 = 3 to 6 cubic feet (photo below)

SB.649 Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Bill Text: SEC. 3. Section 65964.2 is added to the Government Code, to read:
(e) (1) (A)
(i) “Any individual antenna, excluding the associated equipment, is individually no more than three cubic feet in volume, and all antennas on the structure total no more than six cubic feet in volume, whether in a single array or separate.

20(ii) (I) The associated equipment on pole structures does not exceed 21 cubic feet for poles that can support fewer than three providers or 28 cubic feet for pole collocations that can support at least three providers, or the associated equipment on nonpole structures does not exceed 28 cubic feet for collocations that can support fewer than three providers or 35 cubic feet for collocations that can support at least three providers.”

http://scientists4wiredtech.com/2017/03/us-senate-wireless-hearing/

Scott Bergmann, VP, CTIA – The Wireless Association in his 3/2/2017 Testimony to the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:

“Right now today there are challenges both with the local zoning process and, as you mentioned, with federal agencies, so we would certainly appreciate this committee’s attention to finding opportunities to right size that process so that we exclude small cells where appropriate that are the size of a pizza box or a lunch box. I don’t think anyone thinks it’s a process that applies to a 200-foot tower should apply, when you are putting a lunch box on top of an existing building.”

CA Senator Ben Hueso Testimony, Bill Sponsor (most likely reading a CTIA-provided script) in his 4/4/17 testimony to the CA Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee:

“Building the wireless network of tomorrow requires the rapid deployment of small cell [structures] often no larger than a pizza box — and that’s a small pizza box [audience laughter] and you can see it here [more audience laughter]. We brought an example of one [the demo prop that Vice Chairman Morrrel did allow in to the CA Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Hearing on SB.649].

Steve Carlson, Counsel, CTIA – The Wireless Association in his 4/4/17 Testimony to the CA Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee:

(Carlson stands up and hefts the antenna with two hands to shoulder level) “This is the refrigerator that some people have been talking about.” (No one had yet mentioned the word ‘refrigerator’ in testimony at that point, Steve.)


Audience: “No, it [the refrigerator] is the power supply.” (the demo prop that Vice Chairman Morrrel did not allow into the CA Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Hearing on SB.649)

You can see additional video clips here: http://scientists4wiredtech.com/2017/04/oppose-ca-sb-649/


Steve Carlson: laughter

CA Senator Ben Hueso Testimony, Bill Sponsor continues: “These small structures are far different and in many ways much preferable to traditionally large macro-cell towers.”

Steve Carlson, Counsel, CTIA – The Wireless Association continues:

“We are working to enhance infrastructure to maximize the performance of today’s fourth generation wireless and prepare for the next generation of connectivity, 5G. Small cells with strengthen existing 4G Networks while serving as the building blocks for 5G . . . it is critically important that California policy makers take action to remove unnecessarily obstructive barriers to innovation and investment while balancing municipal interests. We believe SB.649 does that.”

An opposition speaker from Scientists For Wired Technology, in his 4/4/17 Testimony to the CA Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee:

“In addition to this prop here [pointing to a DAS antenna that the CTIA left on the table], which is relatively small, the bill actually says that the antenna can be three to six cubic feet. I know of no pizza box at my Domino’s that is three to six cubic feet. That’s just a marketing, branding lie. In addition, the power supply for this antenna [according to SB.649 is allowed to be] 28 to 35 cubic feet. That is larger than a refrigerator.”

Here are the actual measurements, Senator Hueso. We will publish this all at http://scientists4wiredtech.com

Domino’s Small Pizza Box = 10.25″ x 10.25″ x 1.75″ = 0.1 cubic feet

Domino’s Extra Large Pizza Box = 16.25″ x 16.25″ x 2.0″ = 0.3 cubic feet
 

Protest Rally Planned Outside the FCC to Oppose 4G/5G So-Called “Small Cell” Antennas Next to Our Homes

Protest Rally Planned Outside the FCC to Oppose 4G/5G So-Called “Small Cell” Antennas Next to Our Homes

PRESS RELEASE – April 13, 2017

The Wireless Telecom Industry is hell bent on installing 4G/5G antennas and infrastructure in the public rights of way in residential communities around the country and are aggressively pushing legislation on the federal, state, and local levels. A coalition of groups, dedicated to raising awareness about the harms of wireless radiation, is holding a rally on April 20th, outside the Federal Communications Commission to oppose the forced installation of 5G “small cells” in our neighborhoods and to protect the zoning rights of local communities in siting decisions for wireless infrastructure.

4G/5G will deliver hundreds of thousands of new cell phone towers outfitting virtually every utility pole or lamppost with a “small cell” antenna beaming hazardous radiation into our homes 24/7.  Each “small cell” comes equipped with a power supply – potentially the size of a refrigerator – that will greatly impact the aesthetics of our neighborhoods.

Thousands of independent scientific studies have shown that RF/MW radiation causes adverse health effects. According to many experts, the densification of our neighborhoods with wireless 4G/5G antennas and other infrastructure may prove to be a very ill-conceived idea.

Fiber Optic cable, on the other hand, is a safe, healthy, fast, reliable, and far more cyber-secure alternative. Echoing the views of many scientists, those rallying are calling for fiber-optic cables to every home, school, and business instead of hazardous 4G/5G antennas and infrastructure.

  • If you do NOT want a small cell beaming radiation into your home 24/7
  • If you do NOT want the wireless industry preempting local zoning rights
  • If you DO want to connect all homes, schools, and businesses with safe, reliable, cyber-secure, fiber optic cables

. . . then please join us for a demonstration outside the FCC Offices from 9:00 – 10:15 am on April 20th (445 12th St SW, Washington, DC 20554). You are encouraged to also attend the FCC open meeting that will be held from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm that same day.

For more information about the rally, please go to, http://whatis5g.info/action/2017/04/event-outside-the-federal-communications-commission-fcc/

For more information about 5G, please go to http://whatis5g.info