By James Heddle and Mary Beth Brangan – EON
“Unlike some countries, we do not believe we should spend the next couple of years studying what 5G should be, how it should operate, and how to allocate spectrum, based on those assumptions…. Turning innovators loose is far preferable to expecting committees and regulators to define the future.” – U.S. Federal Communications Commission former Chairman Tom Wheeler (June, 2016)
“The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.” – International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space. (2018)
5G – A Wonderful, Wireless World… or, a Looming Global Public Health Conflagration?
“If the telecommunications industry’s plans for 5G come to fruition, no person, no animal, no bird, no insect and no plant on Earth will be able to avoid exposure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to levels of RF radiation that are tens to hundreds of times greater than what exists today, without any possibility of escape anywhere on the planet. These 5G plans threaten to provoke serious, irreversible effects on humans and permanent damage to all of the Earth’s ecosystems.” So begins the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space.
Creeping Telecom Coup
The attempted telecommunications industry take-over that began with the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is now nearing completion as the industry-captured Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issues ever more rules restricting the rights of local elected bodies to regulate the build-out of public health-endangering and local authority-usurping 5G wireless technology – both ground- and space-based.
September 26, 2018, the FCC voted to ‘streamline’ the process for installation of their next generation technology, 5G.
From MDSafetech.org: “Far from being mobile, this technology will depend on thousands of fixed “small cell” antennae throughout cities and residential neighborhoods, about 300 meters (~1000 feet) apart. In order to function, these short wavelength radiofrequencies (6-100 Gigahertz or GHz) will be pulsing at billions of times a second (1GHz=1 Billion cycles /sec) and will be continuously emitting radiation 24 hours a day. In a addition, a newer technology which is used in the military for early warning missile radar systems, PAVE PAWS, is incorporated into these systems called phased arrays, whereby more powerful built in “beam steering” arrays scan back and forth from tower to device and from device to tower for easier connection with an individual’s movement, similar to the missile systems. Phased arrays are also used in AM and FM radio broadcast stations and proposed for automotive radar sensing. The cell phones will operate with higher power and shielding for electrical interference but no apparent shielding for the user. There has been no premarket testing for health or environmental harm. “
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Contrary to widespread misconception, 5G has nothing to do with better cell phone coverage or emergency response communication. The ‘small cells’ are definitely not aimed just for personal wireless services, like phones. It’s aimed at providing the internet of things connectivity and HD video wirelessly to homes and offices. And contrary to the claim that due to being blocked by trees, buildings, etc., the ‘small’ cells must be placed very close together (every 300 meters) and adjacent to homes, businesses, schools, parks, etc., Verizon’s CEO says they’ve “busted that myth.”
“We busted the myth that foliage will shut it down. I mean that was back in the days when a pine needle would stop it. That does not happen. And these things — in the 200 feet from a home, we’re now designing the network for over 2,000 feet from transmitter to receiver, which has a huge impact on our capital need going forward. So those myths have disappeared. We’re charging ahead.” (May, 2018)
Reprinted from the Pt. Reyes Light:
War gaming the science on cell phones and health risks: A conversation with journalist Mark Dowie
Jim: How did you decide to write this story?
Mark: [Mark] Hertsgaard, who’s the investigative editor of The Nation, asked me to do a big story on cell phones. I looked at the literature and found that cell phones have been beaten to death. It’s a shop-worn story, impossible to advance.
So I said, “I think the story is how industry has been war gaming science”—‘war gaming’ is their term, not mine—and gave him the history going back to military research that was done on microwaves during the Cold War, then up to the present, and how so much of it has been suppressed, classified, hidden and distorted by wireless defenders who tore pages from the playbooks of the tobacco and fossil fuel industries, then used the same P.R. firms, the same law firms. All to do the same thing: manufacture doubt about the harmfulness of this technology. Hertsgaard said, “Okay. Let’s go with that.”
Jim: Did you find anything surprising that you didn’t expect?
Thanks to each of you who took action to urge Gov. Brown to oppose SB 649!
We also thank Gov. Brown for actually vetoing the bill late Sunday night, October 15.
Gratitude to everyone who has phoned, emailed, testified in hearings, or met with legislative staff, written Op-Eds, blogs, articles, gave interviews, produced radio and videos and sent post cards.
Those of us concerned with health as well as democratic choice and rights to local control joined the 300 California cities, 47 counties and over 100 community, planning, health, environment and justice organizations opposed to SB 649.
Altogether we truly made a difference and defended democratic choice and process in California!
A National Win!
People across the nation concerned with health, safety and the right to public oversight were also watching how our battle went and were overjoyed. Our win helps everyone. We were also blessed that many great folks from other states generously contributed their energy and talents to our educational campaign here in California. (Similar bills have already been passed in 12 other states and are being introduced directly into some cities.)
EMF Safety Network and Ecological Options Network opposed SB 649 since the bill was introduced in March because of the exponential increase of harmful microwave radiation that would have been emitted 24/7 close to homes, schools, parks, offices, playgrounds. We commissioned postcards that were sent to the Governor in the thousands.
We’ve only got a few more days to urge Gov. Brown veto this seriously dangerous bill! Please take action! He has until 10/15 to sign or veto the bill.
Click here or on the link below to have EMF Safety Network send a postcard from you urging veto to Gov. Brown.
Listen to the RADIO AD from the California Alliance for Safer Technology regarding SB 649. This radio ad was created by Doug Wood and supported by CAST and CA-BTA. It has been and continues to air statewide:
Mercury News Editorial: Gov. Brown, veto the bill that lets rich telecoms use public property practically free – September 26, 2017
The California Legislature wants to give telecom companies a nice big gift: at least $30 million a year, and perhaps billions of dollars in savings at the direct expense of cities that both rely on the money and use their current leverage to negotiate improved coverage for poor neighborhoods.
Fighting A Telecom Takeover
August 28, 2017: SB 649, the dangerous, anti-democratic AT&T, Verizon telecommunication industry giveaway bill,is now speeding toward approval by the dis-informed CA Assembly.
( Listen to EONs Mary Beth Brangan popular interview MICROWAVE SATURATION on Your Own Health and Fitness.)
Millions Are Opposed
SB 649 has passed every committee despite tremendous opposition by 300 California cities representing well over 2/3rds of CA’s population. 48 out of 52 Counties, 54 Planning, Communication and Municipal Organizations and 55 Environment, Health, Consumer, and Justice Organizations representing many millions of Californians oppose as of August 28, 2017.
Last Chance to take Action!
A final vote by the Appropriations Committee may be as soon as Sept. 6. Next, the Assembly Floor vote occurs and then either on to the Senate and/or to the Governor’s desk, possibly within a month. Your action now can make a huge difference! Contact your legislators and the Governor Brown.
Devastating Radiation Increase
SB 649 will force a devastating state-wide increase in 24/7 microwave radiation in our neighborhoods, schools, parks and rural areas- the few places left that are now lower in radiation exposure. Cities and counties will have no control over the placement of towers. Children are the most vulnerable and parents will have no rights to protect them from this incessant, dense microwave exposure at close range. Real estate values near antennas will be lowered with no recourse for property owners.
Similar ‘cookie-cutter’ bills giving total control to the telecommunications industry over local officials are moving through other state legislatures in a coordinated corporate campaign.
Telecoms Know Microwave Radiation is Harmful
The telecommunications industry (AT&T, Verizon and smaller entities) know wireless technology is
harmful. All insurers refuse to insure them. Yet they pretend to customers that there’s nothing to be concerned about. Fire fighters have rightfully negotiated an exemption from this bill on the basis of health, yet fetuses, the young, the ill and elderly will all be forcibly exposed 24/7.
We Have Safer, More Efficient Solutions
Fiber-optic cable can be run underground so it is aesthetically and environmentally superior to bulky and dangerous above-ground infrastructure. It has higher speed and much better security as well as being more energy efficient. AT&T has already been paid by customers to run fiber-optic cable to every home. Fiber-optic would allow every resident to have either wired or wireless devices in their home. We must insist on the safest, most effective possible technology!
If you don’t want a constantly emitting powerful microwave antenna right in front of your home or school by 2018, take action now! Don’t let California legislators give away our crucial local municipal authority over public health, safety and aesthetics.