Government Actions

The Telecom industry has been hard at work lobbying government officials in Congress, the FCC, and at the state level, to speed the deployment of wireless small cells.  And, as we have grown all too accustomed to, our government is happily complying, much to the chagrin of a growing number of people. Following are summaries of some actions taken thus far. 

FEDERAL LEVEL

STREAMLINE SMALL CELL DEPLOYMENT ACT

The Federal government is once again trying to strip away local authority over cell towers siting. Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act (S.3157)

For more on S. 3157 and actions you can take to oppose this very aggressive bill, please go to https://www.telecompowergrab.org.

On March 23rd, HR 1625 – the Omnibus Bill – was signed into law. The 2232 page bill is a compilation of dozens of pieces of legislation each used as a bargaining chip for one or the other party. While each party may have felt it won concessions, we, the people, lost out in at least one big way: Significant 5g fast-tracking legislation was escorted through. This is a link to the HR 1625. The Ray Baum’s Act of 2018 begins on page 1884 – ish.
http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20180319/BILLS-115SAHR1625-RCP115-66.pdf

Upon signing the Bill into law, President Trump stated:

“But I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it again. Nobody read it. It’s only hours old. Some people don’t even know what is in — $1.3 trillion — it’s the second largest ever.”

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-signing-h-r-1625/

As reported by Adam Brandon in Freedom Works:

“‘This is an abomination of the legislative process,’ Hoyer thundered, holding up a bulky print-out as debate on the measure began. He invited any lawmaker who had read the entire bill to join him in the well of the House. No one did. Hoyer then admitted he hadn’t read the bill either.”

“…the bill was not released until this Wednesday night, and a vote was forced on the bill in the House less than 20 hours after it was released. It is important to note that the bill – which practically no members outside of leadership had seen prior to its release – is 2,232 pages long.”

http://www.freedomworks.org/content/key-vote-no-consolidated-appropriations-act-hr-1625

RADIOFREQUENCY RADIATION SITE SAFETY INFORMATION ACT OF 2018, H.R.7236 

HR 7236 is a new, presumably Telecom-generated House Resolution. Was it in response to Senator Blumenthal’s letter to FCC Commissioner Carr requesting “the science” re health effects of 5g? Who knows its etiology. But the gist of this new resolution is that a so-called “independent” data base (designated by the FCC and presumably underwritten by tax-payer money) will be set up to report on the Radiofrequency safety of “covered facilities”, notifying the public of areas of hazard.
The data will be made available to the public “except that any information that the licensee of the covered facility determines to be sensitive shall only be accessible by the persons described in paragraph.” 

AND VOILÀ- THE “PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE.” Telecom will not be held liable!!

Text from bill: 

“A person [company] described in subsection (b)(1) with respect to a covered facility shall not be liable in any civil action for an injury alleged to have been caused by radiofrequency radiation emissions of such facility”
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/7236/all-actions

Index of Active Federal Bills:

There are currently approximately 60 federal bills pertaining to wireless expansion, 5g-small cell siting, driverless cars, and the Internet of Things. To see a partial list of bills, please go to http://scientists4wiredtech.com/legislation/

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”.

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/

Take Action to Oppose 5G and Federal Wireless Expansion. 

For a well formulated letter you can send to federal elected representatives, please go to:
https://zero5g.com/

The following is a message from EMF Safety Network about a letter urging Congress to oppose any and all bills dealing with wireless expansion.  (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.)

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


MESSAGE:
We need your help!

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.


STATE LEVEL

If your state is pushing industry generated 5G legislation, here is a link to some “tools” you can use specifically designed for opposing ALEC “cookie cutter” 5g bills. https://whatis5g.info/5g/2018/03/resources-for-states-facing-alec-cookie-cutter-5g-legislation/

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/

This link also has a list of the states that have passed 5G legislation.
http://www.ncsl.org/research/telecommunications-and-information-technology/mobile-5g-and-small-cell-legislation.aspx

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.

On A More Positive Note…

Three states have legislation aimed at protecting the public rather than Telecom profits!!

Massachusetts EMF Bills 2019-2020. (There are EIGHT!!)
https://sites.google.com/site/understandingemfs/massachusetts-emf-bills-2019-20

New Hampshire has a bill which would establish a commission to study the environmental and health effects of 5G technology.
https://trackbill.com/bill/new-hampshire-house-bill-522-establishing-a-commission-to-study-the-environmental-and-health-effects-of-evolving-5g-technology/1630657/?fbclid=IwAR28psMtRFU7mBGMmA8SKxoS0AIkf8LzcQR7e7vO_MiifUzs0N4GfUNcLC4

And Montana has a Joint Resolution of the Senate and House of Representatives urging Congress to amend the 1996 TCA to account for health effects.
https://leg.mt.gov/bills/2019/billpdf/HJ0013.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1SPkpwFE99JZWKTMiVJfrw_IZ04LhvO6laVo7iQKZzGN67nfK7w9o88pE

Let’s make it a trend and get bills drafted in other states!!

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION  (Please click on link below.)

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