The Wireless Telecom Industry is hell bent on installing 4G/5G antennas and infrastructure in the public rights of way in residential communities around the country and is aggressively pushing legislation on the federal, state, and local levels. We represent a coalition of groups and individuals who strongly oppose the forced installation of 5G “small cells” next to our homes, and wish to protect the zoning rights of local communities in siting decisions for wireless infrastructure.
4G/5G would deliver millions of new cell phone towers outfitting virtually every utility pole or lamppost with a “small cell” antenna beaming hazardous radiation into our homes 24/7.
Thousands of independent scientific studies have shown that wireless radiation causes adverse health effects. Effects include neurologic, cardiologic, genetic and reproductive, immune system, and hormonal damages including melatonin suppression, and cancer, along with decimation of bee, bird, butterfly and other pollinator populations.
Fiber Optic cable, on the other hand, is a safe, healthy, fast, reliable, and far more cyber-secure alternative. Echoing the views of many scientists, we are calling for fiber-optic cables to every home, school, and business.
We do NOT want small cells beaming radiation into our homes 24/7
We do NOT want the wireless industry preempting our local zoning rights
We DO want to connect all homes, schools, and businesses with safe, reliable, cyber-secure, fiber optic cables.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“5G would greatly extend FCC’s current policy of the MANDATORY IRRADIATION OF THE PUBLIC without adequate prior study of the potential health impact and assurance of safety.
5G would IRRADIATE EVERYONE, including the most vulnerable to harm from radiofrequency radiation: pregnant women, unborn children, young children, teenagers, men of reproductive age, the elderly, the disabled, and the chronically ill.” Dr. Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D.
“These facilities are nicknamed “small cells,” but they’re small because their transmissions don’t travel very far, not because the facilities themselves are small. There’s a bunch of equipment for conveying power, grounding that power, cables, meters, battery systems, et cetera that will take a lot of space in addition to the wireless “base station” itself. As a matter of fact, a “small cell” could be very big — and very tall — indeed. It could carry three or four cabinets or other attachments on it for electronics, power, meters, and conduit.”
“Right now, plans are being implemented at the FCC and at least 17 state legislatures to block cities from constraining uses of their rights-of-way by private cellular companies for 5G deployments that — you guessed it — are coming any day now. In other words, if a city wants to set up a fair and competitive system that favors competitors, citizens, and long-range goals instead of the interests of a single big [telecom] company—well, that would be illegal. This nationwide effort is aimed at, effectively, privatizing public rights of way.”
“The state bills (pending or passed in AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, MN, MO, NB, NC, NE, OH, PA, RI, TX, VA, and WA) are broadly aimed at removing ‘small cells’ from a city’s oversight.” Susan Crawford Prof. of Law Harvard Univ. | 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. March 29, 201
Addressing California’s current bill, SB 649 aimed at removing “small cells” from city oversight:
“This proposal unnecessarily and unconstitutionally strips local authority over public property and shuts out public input and local discretion by eliminating consideration of the aesthetic and environmental impacts of ‘small cells.’
…The proposal preempts adopted local land use plans by mandating that ‘small cells’ be allowed in all zones as a use by-right, including all residential zones.
…While a city may place ‘fair and reasonable terms and conditions’ on the use of city property, the proposal does not provide the city with any discretion to deny a ‘small cell’ to be located on city property, except for fire department sites.”
Alice Fredericks, Chair Legislative committee Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers | Excerpt from letter to Senator Hueso, Sponsor of SB 649
These are cash cows for you; they provide a steady stream of revenue and the cheaper you can throw them up the more money you will make. Residents receive no financial compensation despite the fact these sites are a terrible nuisance. Your shoddy designs are ugly and prominent with no screening whatsoever. Your equipment contains large and noisy cooling fans that run 24/7 despite the fact most PV neighborhoods are extremely quiet. Most important, these sites kill property values. Would you buy a home with an obvious and highly intrusive commercial telecommunication facility a few dozen feet from the front door? Yet residents are supposed to suck it up and accept the loss of tens of thousands of dollars in what is likely their biggest investment. Of course these unfortunate homeowners don’t receive a dime in compensation from you.”
Excerpt from An Open Letter to the Wireless Industry (Part 1) by the head of a community fighting to protect their local zoning rights. April 14, 2017
Contact your Federal senators and ask them to put a hold on S 19, the MOBILE NOW Act.
Check if your state has legislation that would allow preempt local zoning rights when siting 4G/5G infrastructure. Educate your local officials about “small cells.”