Currently, 4G/5G “small’ cell legislation is spreading through the states like wildfire. Bills to preempt local zoning rights for the placement of 4G/5G “small” cells have been introduced in about 30 states, and counting.
Advocates opposing this legislation should not have to “reinvent the wheel.” Following are links to letters, documents, fact sheets etc. that can be used as is, or adapted to fit your state. If you have other resources that may be useful, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These State Bills would allow Telecom to place high-intensity, microwave radiating cell tower antennas in front of homes and in our communities while removing local control.
Our legislators should protect citizens’ interests, NOT the wireless industry’s reckless and ill-considered power grab!
LIST OF US STATE BILLS STREAMLINING WIRELESS SMALL CELLS/DAS/NODES ON RIGHTS OF WAY
5G requires millions of mini cell towers to be built nationwide. From coast to coast, states are moving forward with Bills to preempt local authority and allow companies to place wireless antennae in neighborhoods in front of homes with zero to minimal community input. In some states, fierce community opposition has lead to blocking these streamlining Bills. In other states, these Bills have passed. Please see this running list of states and their Bills with useful links to news stories and videos about the new legislation.
Many thanks to Environmental Health Trust for this important list!!
This wonderful image “says it all.” It was used first in California to fight SB 649 and then adapted to the Maryland Bills (as pictured here). If you would like to use this image in your state and would like the Bill number changed, please send an email to email@example.com.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH TRUSTS PAGE DEDICATED TO RESOURCES OPPOSING SB 649
This link has a wealth of resources that were used in successfully opposing SB 649, the California “small” cell bill. These will prove very useful for efforts in other states.
For a WORD version of this flyer to edit, please email, firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT THIS BILL WOULD MEAN FOR TELECOM AND WHAT IT WOULD MEAN FOR US
SUMMARY DOCUMENT OF SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THIS LEGISLATION
Can be used in crafting comments or for public outreach: https://whatis5g.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/DISCUSSION-NOTES-FOR-SB-1188-AND-1767.pdf
FORMATTED EMAIL ON THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF WIRELESS
Email letter ready to be used to educate policy makers and others about the health impacts of wireless radiation, focusing particularly on cell towers and 5G (millimeter wave) frequencies. Two versions: PDF and WORD. Please feel free to adapt as needed to your circumstance.
SAMPLE LETTER TO LEGISLATORS
The following sample letter was adapted from the letter provided in the Gaithersburg Press Release, Public Hearing on Wireless Facilities Bill Eliminating Public Input and Superseding Local Government Rights to be held March 20 in Annapolis. Please adapt it to your own state and personal “concerns”, such as health, privacy, safety, capped rates, lowered property values, impacts on wildlife, aesthetics, historic preservation, effects on our brains and humanity from a tech-infested future dictated primarily by industry profits, you prefer fiber which is safe, fast, reliable, far more cyber secure and energy efficient than wireless, we’ve already paid for fiber that was never delivered so shouldn’t have to subsidize this needless wireless build-out, or another reason. There is something in these Bills to tick off everyone.
WORD version: whatis5g.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Sample-letter-for-voicing-opposition-to-SB-1188-and-HB-1767.docx
PDF version: https://whatis5g.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Sample-letter-for-voicing-opposition-to-SB-1188-and-HB-1767.pdf
LIST OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND CONTACT INFO
This list contains contact info for the Maryland legislators. It’s intended only to serve as an example of what other states might use in their own outreach. The format makes it quite easy to paste all the email addresses at once into the address bar of your email. https://whatis5g.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Contacts-for-SB-1188-and-HB-1767.pdf
Petitions can be a good way to gather a support network of people opposing the bills. You can follow up with announcements concerning the legislation or further actions people can take. Following are examples of a few different petitions opposing small cell bills.
Maryland Coalition to Oppose Cell Towers in Neighborhoods:
Oppose SB 649: Stop the extreme expansion of cell towers on every block in California
Petition for NM legislators to vote NO! on the 2018 Wireless Consumer Advanced Infrastructure Investment Act
LIST OF LETTERS FROM EXPERTS AND ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSING SB 649 (THE CALIFORNIA “SMALL” CELL BILL
INFORMED CONSENT AGREEMENT FOR THE INSTALLATION OF SMALL CELL TOWERS IN YOUR RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY Ronald M. Powell Ph.D.
LETTERS FROM OTHERS OPPOSING STATE BILLS
Press release from Gaithersburg urging the public to oppose SB 1188 and HB 1767
Message and Comments by Ronald N. Kostoff on SB 1188 AND HB 1767
Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. urges Maryland State Legislators to Protect the Health of the People of Maryland