Government Actions

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 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

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 lawl, 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

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/

Find below the latest wireless bills and resolutions that were introduced to Congress just in the10 days between Jan. 11th – Jan. 19th, 2018.

https://whatis5g.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Latest-Federal-Bills-and-Resolutions-Introduced-Jan.-10th-Jan.-19th-2018-.pdf

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”.

The following bill may be one of the most important ones to focus on as it may prove to be an extension of Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act which preempts regulation of the placement of wireless facilities on the basis of environmental effects, and which has been interpreted to include health effects to humans as well.: 

S 1988, the SPEED Act, was introduced on October 19th, 2017.  For more on this bill, please see Bipartisan Bill Could SPEED Next-Gen Broadband .

“A bipartisan bill has been introduced that would streamline the deployment of broadband infrastructure in areas that had already been ‘subjected’ to historical or environmental reviews, including by preempting FCC reviews.”  

For more information on opposing small cell legislation on the Federal level, please check out the following page by Environmental Health Trust which lists current federal legislation and actions you can take to protect your community by contacting your federal elected officials and enjoining them to protect the public.

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. 

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

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.)

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