Congratulations to California!! SB 649 VETOED!!
We, the people, prevailed – and the last dying embers of democracy are now glowing a tiny bit brighter. Congratulations California!!! Your efforts help us all.
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(Updated September 8th, 2017)
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.
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 of these actions as well as many resources that will help efforts to oppose these actions.
There are currently 3 bills pertaining to small cells siting at the Federal level. S 19 – the MOBILE NOW Act, and S 88 – the DIGIT Act, and S 1682, the AIRWAVES Act. Both the S 19 and S 88 have passed the Senate and are on their way to the House.
Federal legislation S 19 and S 88 would preempt local zoning rights and streamline the deployment of “small cells.” Click HERE for information about these bills and actions you can take.
S 1682, the AIRWAVES Act, was introduced in the Senate on August 1st, 2017. Senator Cory Gardner is sponsoring the bill. A summary of the bill is “in progress” and has not yet been posted on the government website, but here is an article about the bill: https://www.hassan.senate.gov/news/press-releases/hassan-gardner-airwaves-act-earns-praise-across-industries-and-political-parties
For more information on opposing small cell legislation on the Federal level, please check out Environmental Health Trusts page:
United States Federal Legislation On 5G Small Cells – TAKE ACTION on Legislation stripping the community right to decision making on wireless facilities https://ehtrust.org/federal-legislation-5g-small-cells/
“This page lists current federal legislation moving forward regarding 5G and the Internet of Things.
You can take action to protect your community by contacting your federal elected officials today. Call, write and email . Set up meetings with your elected officials at the local state and federal level calling on them to protect the public.”
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.)
LETTERS IN OPPOSITION TO SB 649 AND “SMALL CELLS”
List of letters by organizations or experts in opposition to small cells in general, or SB 649 specifically.
MILLIMETER WAVE FREQUENCY STUDIES AND REVIEWS
SCIENTISTS APPEAL TO THE EUROPEAN UNION CALLING FOR A MORATORIUM ON 5G
“We, the undersigned scientists, recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry.”
CHAIN OF LETTERS, APPEALS, SCIENCE, AND POLICIES RE 5G SMALL CELLS – 67 pages including a 21 page bibliography!
FACT SHEET FROM THE CALIFORNIA ALLIANCE FOR SAFER TECHNOLOGY
Keep Cell Towers Away from Our Homes and Schools! – 8 REASONS TO VOTE NO ON SB 649. http://whatis5g.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Final-Fact-Sheet-July-28.pdf
TAKE ACTION TO OPPOSE CA SENATE BILL 649 (SB.649) – Posted Aug. 29th, 2017
For actions you can take to oppose SB 649:
HOST A SCREENING OF GENERATION ZAPPED
SAMPLE LETTER AND ADVICE FOR THOSE OPPOSING 4G/5G SMALL CELLS – Susan Clarke
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”
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
WHAT THE TELECOM INDUSTRY DOESN’T TELL YOU…BUT DOES TELL ITS INVESTORS
Slide collection assembled by the Environmental Health Trust. Internal statements to stakeholders warning of the possibility of future litigation from health effects caused by their technology. Companies include VERIZON, AT&T, Vodaphone, Crown Castle and many more.
CELL TOWERS & ANTENNAS—HOW CLOSE IS TOO CLOSE?
Feb.5th, 2017. Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications. Compilation of studies, reports, and reviews on health effects from cell towers.
“Explore what the science is telling us about electrosensitivity and cancer risks near antennas…and choose where you live carefully. The brief snapshot of studies below will give you a starting point.”
SCIENTISTS OF 35 COUNTRIES RAP PROPOSED 5G RADIATION ROLLOUT IN EUROPE
Sept. 13, 2017 | Jack O’Dwyer
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 SUBMITS COMMENTS 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.”
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.
HANDOUTS – Four options
- 5TH GENERATION (5G) WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS FACT SHEET put out by the Grassroots Environmental Group
- HANDOUT 1 – WHAT ARE 5G AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS – PDF Version and WORD Version. Handout provides and overview of 5g and the IoT.
- HANDOUT 2 – “CHEAT SHEET” OPPOSING 5G AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS – PDF Version and WORD Version. Handout provides talking points/arguments for opposing 5g and the IoT.
(Please note that handouts Nos. 2 and 3 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)
TWO PIECES BY OMAR MASRY FORMER SAN FRANCISCO CITY PLANNER/SENIOR ANALYST
SB 649 CHALLENGES | LEGISLATIVE PITFALLS 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.
10 KEY ISSUES FOR CALIFORNIA CITIES & COUNTIES ON THE CHALLENGES OF SMALL CELLS & “NOT SO SMALL CELLS” The Medium.
This article is replete with problems from “small cells” beyond health. A must-read for municipalities grappling with ways to oppose 5g infrastructure.
WALL OF SHAME – GALLERY OF PHOTOS OF 5G “SMALL CELLS”
BLOG POST ON THE TRUE SIZE OF A SMALL CELL
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
SAMPLING OF COMMUNITIES ORGANIZING TO OPPOSE CELL TOWERS
(Please contact this website at email@example.com, with communities not yet included in this list.)
https://www.hempfieldsdcelltowers.com Hempfield, PA
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
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/local/greendale/2017/03/20/greendale-facing-lawsuit-following-cell-tower-denial/99423466/ Greendale, WI
http://parentscoalitionmc.blogspot.com/2017/06/neelsville-ptsa-opposition-to-proposed.html Montgomery County, MD
https://www.nocelltowershadysideelementary.com Shady Side, Maryland
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/