Protestors rally outside the FCC in opposition to 5g small cells

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(Updated January, 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 4G and 5G small cells set to add millions of new towers and antennas to our already radiation-saturated environment.

Turning a blind eye to public sentiment regarding health, environmental, aesthetics, historic preservation etc – and convinced that no one and nothing can stop them – the Telecom industry continues to foist 4G and 5G small cells on municipalities around the country. In response, communities are organizing to halt or slow this build-out, and to keep 4G and 5G small cells and antennas 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, some have (wrongly) interpreted this to include health effects to humans. Therefore, much creativity is needed to find “workarounds” to slow or stop the infiltration of these unwanted and unnecessary 4G and 5G small cells.

Below you will find many resources that may prove useful in opposing 4G and 5G infrastructure. Please check back periodically as this page will change to reflect the ever evolving landscape of the push to deploy, and the resistance to, 4G and 5G small cell towers.


GOVERNMENT ACTIONS

The Telecom industry has been hard at work at the federal level lobbying Congress and the FCC, at the state level with about 5G legislation currently in about 22 states, and at the local level, to “remove barriers” and speed the deployment of 5G cell towers. As we have grown accustomed to, our government is happily complying, much to the chagrin of a growing number of people. Following are some actions taken thus far. 

For legislation at the federal and state levels, as well as actions at the FCC, please see http://whatis5g.info/government-actions/


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.

http://whatis5g.info/infrastructure/2017/08/letters-opposing-sb-649-and-small-cells/


PROTECTING THE MARYLAND PUBLIC FROM HARM BY WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY

Ronald M. Powell Ph.D.
Dr. Powell urges Maryland State Legislators to protect the health of the people of Maryland from the onslaught of wireless radiation.

http://whatis5g.info/5g/2018/01/protecting-maryland-public-harm-wireless-technology/


INFORMED CONSENT AGREEMENT FOR THE INSTALLATION OF SMALL CELL TOWERS IN YOUR RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY

Ronald M. Powell Ph.D. | Nov. 2017 

https://www.scribd.com/document/363738603/Informed-Consent-Agreement-on-Cell-Towers-in-Front-of-Homes-by-Dr-Ronald-Powell#from_embed


 CITY’S LIABILITY WITH PROW-MOUNTED CELLULAR ANTENNAS
Letter To Mayor Gonzales, City Councilors And City Attorney Kelley Brennan Concerning City’s Liability With Prow-Mounted Cellular Antennas

Eric Sirotkin | October 10th, 2017

http://www.electronicsilentspring.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Eric-Sirotkin-Letter-to-SF.pdf


MILLIMETER WAVE FREQUENCY STUDIES AND REVIEWS

Many thanks to Environmental Health Trust for this compendium of studies and reviews.
http://whatis5g.info/health/2017/09/millimeter-wave-frequency-studies-and-reviews/

For more info please see https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/cell-phoneswireless/5g-networks-iot-scientific-overview-human-health-risks/


IMPORTANT LETTER TO ZONING COMMITTEE ON THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT PUBLIC RIGHTS AND NOT HIDE BEHIND FEDERAL LAWS THAT CAN HARM US

Letter by Dr. Ronald N. Kostoff written to the Montgomery County Zoning Committee. Dr. Kostoff strongly admonishes the County to protect public rights even when these are in conflict with Federal law – in this case, with Section 704 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The arguments presented in this letter are compelling and should be brought before every public official making decisions relating to the deployment of 4G/5G “small” cells.

http://whatis5g.info/5g/2018/02/important-letter-to-zoning-committee-on-responsibility-to-protect-public-rights


LETTER TO CONGRESS FROM HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND JUSTICE ADVOCATES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Letter urging the United States senators and representatives to oppose any and all bills related to 5g and wireless radiation expansion. 
http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Letter-to-Congress-2017-1.pdf


MESSAGE FROM EMF SAFETY NETWORK ABOUT THE LETTER IN THE ENTRY DIRECTLY ABOVE

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!
The letter below to Congress Members was signed by dozens of health, environment and justice advocates and organizations, asking that they 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 5g.

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.

This link is a simple and painless way to write your federal elected representatives.
https://democracy.io/#!/

For a 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 urging the United States senators and representatives to oppose any and all bills related to 5g and wireless radiation expansion.  http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Letter-to-Congress-2017-1.pdf


SMALL CELLS, MINI CELL TOWERS, WIRELESS FACILITIES AND HEALTH: LETTERS FROM SCIENTISTS ON THE HEALTH RISK OF 5G

List of letters from scientists, doctors and public health experts sent to government officials regarding the issue of streamlining small cells in neighborhoods. In these letters scientists share the research supporting their opinion that wireless exposure to the public should be minimized and the deployment of small cell antennas into neighborhoods should be halted.

https://ehtrust.org/small-cells-mini-cell-towers-health-letters-scientists-health-risk-5g/


GOVERNOR BROWN VETOES SB 649

On October 15th, Governor Brown vetoed SB 649.  Click here to see Governor Brown’s veto message.  

For media coverage, please see, 
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/16/california-gov-jerry-brown-vetoes-bill-easing-permits-on-cell-phone-towers/


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.”

https://www.jrselectrohealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2017-08_EU_5G_Appeal_10_August_2017.pdf?c=cf13ce20305c


CHAIN OF LETTERS, APPEALS, SCIENCE, AND POLICIES RE 5G SMALL CELLS

67 pages including a 21 page bibliography! 

http://whatis5g.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/5G-Small-Cell-Letters-Science-Policy-67-page-pdf-.pdf


FACT SHEET FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH TRUST 

Fact Sheet: 5G, Small Cells And Microcells

https://ehtrust.org/factsheet-need-know-5g-small-cells-science-policy-public-health/


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


HANDOUT ON NET NEUTRALITY, 5G/IOT, AND WHY WE STILL DON’T HAVE FIBER

Democracy Dies While Cell Towers Metastasize:

http://whatis5g.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/FCC-draft-brochure-2017-.pdf


HOW MANY 5G CELL TOWERS ARE COMING TO OUR COMMUNITIES? VERIZON DISCLOSES THE HUGE NUMBERS

Blog post by Nina Beety
Jan. 2018

Taking Verizon’s stated figures, Nina Beety calculates just how many cell towers we can expect in California and elsewhere,


OUTDATED FCC “SAFETY” STANDARDS

Environmental Health Trust

This piece on may prove useful when educating your community and elected reps about RF harms.

“Fact: There Are No Safety Standards

Currently there are no national or international “standards” for safe levels of the radiation emitted by wireless or microwave devices. Instead, the US government adopted “guidelines” developed by industry based on decades old research. Guidelines have a much lower certainty than a “standard” as proper long term safety testing was not done to ensure the public was protected from all possible harm.”

 https://ehtrust.org/policy/fcc-safety-standards/


HOST A SCREENING OF GENERATION ZAPPED

GENERATION ZAPPED investigates the potential dangers of prolonged exposure to Radio Frequencies (RF) from wireless technology; it’s effects on our health and well-being, as well as the health and development of our children. From its links to breast and brain cancer, to its associations with increased infertility and genetic mutations related to autism and ADHD, to newly developed illnesses, such as Electrical Hyper-Sensitivity (EHS).

http://generationzapped.com


JOURNALIST BLAKE LEVITT’S “CALL TO ACTION”

http://whatis5g.info/infrastructure/2017/05/journalist-blake-levitt-on-fcc-docket-wt-17-21-accelerating-wireless-broadband-deployment-by-removing-barriers-to-infrastructure-investment/


5G WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY: MAJOR NEWSPAPER EDITORIALS OPPOSE “SMALL CELL” ANTENNA BILLS

Joel M. Moskowitz PhD, from Electromagnetic Safety, assembled a list of editorials that oppose forcing small cells on communities. 

http://www.saferemr.com/2017/07/major-newspaper-editorials-oppose-5g.html


SO-CALLED “SMALL CELL” CELL PHONE TOWERS IN SANTA ROSA (72-720, OR MORE)

The City of Santa Rosa cut a sweetheart deal with Verizon on Valentines day, 2017. It should be noted that there was NO public process, and that the agreement was made through a work-around of the city’s own zoning regulations. 

Expecting SB 649 to pass, the city signed a contract for the installation of “small” cells on 180 poles by 2020. So construction began.
(See photo to the right.).

On the ground level is a refrigerator-sized supply cabinet which will contain Lithium Ion batteries (the kind that burst into flames upon impact). Above that is a designated place to mount a meter (likely a smart meter). Above the meter is an unknown piece of equipment – possibly these are transformers?? Moving up a bit further are 2 radios that will transmit to one or more “small” cells soon to be mounted on top of the pole. And then to top it all off, one or more “small” cell will complete the eye-sore. 
http://scientists4wiredtech.com/santa-rosa/ 


ANOTHER GREAT OP ED PIECE – THIS ONE IN OPPOSITION TO CALIFORNIA’S SB 649 REGARDING 5G INFRASTRUCTURE

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/06/09/opinion-bill-would-turn-california-utility-poles-into-cell-towers/


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.
https://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/Telecom-10-K-Liability-and-Insurance-Companies-Slides-EHT-6-2016.pdf


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.”
http://manhattanneighbors.org/cell-towers-and-antennas-have-health-and-cancer-risks-how-close-is-too-close/


SCIENTISTS OF 35 COUNTRIES RAP PROPOSED 5G RADIATION ROLLOUT IN EUROPE

Sept. 13, 2017 | Jack O’Dwyer

http://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/9390/2017-09-13/scientists-35-countries-rap-proposed-calif-5g-radiation-rollout.html


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.

EXCERPTS:

“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
  1. 5TH GENERATION (5G) WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS FACT SHEET  put out by the Grassroots Environmental Group
    https://grassrootsinfo.org/pdf/5g-wireless-fact-sheet.pdf
  2. WHAT ARE 5G AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS PDF Version and WORD Version. Handout provides an overview of 5g and the IoT. (Needs updating so please use the Word version as discussed below, so you can edit it.)
  3. “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. (Needs updating so please use the Word version as discussed below, so you can edit it.)
    (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 website, www.whatis5g.info. (A link to the 5G website can be included in the links section, if you so choose.)
    When printing numbers 2 and 3 above, 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.
  4. 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.  

https://medium.com/@omarmasry/10-key-issues-for-california-cities-counties-on-the-challenges-of-small-cells-not-so-small-c9e966f257a


WALL OF SHAME – GALLERY OF PHOTOS OF 5G “SMALL CELLS”

http://whatis5g.info/photo-gallery-of-small-cells/


HOW MANY PIZZA BOXES REPRESENT THE VOLUME OF ONE DAS ANTENNA?

Tired of industry lies about the small cells being no larger than a small pizza box, this blogger went to Domino”s Pizzaria and took measurements.The numbers do not lie. Cannot say the same for the Wireless companies, the CTIA, and their lobbyists.

http://whatis5g.info/infrastructure/wireless/2017/04/how-many-pizza-boxes-represent-the-volume-of-one-das-antenna/


LETTER TO RAISE AWARENESS AMONG 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.


SAMPLING OF COMMUNITIES ORGANIZING TO OPPOSE CELL TOWERS
(Please contact this website at rethinking5g@whatis5g.info, with communities not yet included in this list.)

https://nouglytowers.com California
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://parentsact.weebly.com NY
http://parentsact.weebly.com VA
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/ 


HISTORY OF CELL TOWERS EXCEEDING FCC LIMITS

For more video clips on actions people are taking around the country, please hold your cursor over the Take Action tab at the top of this page, and then click on “Video Clips of Communities Taking Action.”

Town Hall at 1600 Floribunda Avenue, December 7th, 2017 | NoCellTowersNearHomes | Superb testimony opposing 16 cell towers!!
Scientists 4 Wired Technology www.scientists4wiredtech.org. When power goes out or fires arrive, cell coverage fails.
My New Phone (the 5G Song) | Piti Theatre Company
Dr. Anthony Miller: Radio Frequency Radiation, Cancer and Cell Towers Statement to School District Jan. 9th, 2018 | Environmental Health Trust
We Don’t Want Cell Towers in Our Yards Published on May 30, 2017
Published on Apr 13, 2017 149 Wake up with Dr. Cheryl & Paul McGavin – Educating on WIFI – Radio Frequency Microwaves and SOLUTIONS !!!
Jan. 25th, 2018 | Julie Watts | CBS San Francisco ConsumerWatch: 5G Cellphone Towers Signal Renewed Concerns Over Impacts on Health