SMeter Moratorium Laws Spread, EMFs & Suicides – Digest for 3-4-11

Six California counties and twenty-four cities and towns now have anti-SMeter laws. For a complete list go to

City of Monterey Demands PG&E Halt SmartMeters
KION-TV MONTEREY, Calif. – On Tuesday night, the City of Monterey unanimously adopted a resolution to try and stop PG&E from installing SmartMeters.

The Flaw in Obama’s Wireless Plan
The President hopes an increase in Internet access will result in more economic development. Fiber networks would do that better than mobile broadband. By Brendan Greeley – Business Week
[ Cartoon by Brian Narell ]

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Protesters call for blockage of PG&E’s new SmartMeters in San Francisco
by Dan Schreiber – Examiner Staff Writer
[ Says November Alexis, one of this protest’s organizers of this piece: ‘The article is kind, but FULL of inaccuracies…jeez…someone needs to show this boy how to collect facts and communicate them properly!!’ ]

Your gas meter: The new frontline in cyberwar
By Mic Wright – Wired UK
By the end of 2020, the government wants every home in the UK to be fitted with a smart meter. The device, as part of a networked system of localised power distribution, allows consumers to control their consumption and — more contentiously — also lets utilities companies monitor real-time usage. The £8 billion scheme is being sold as a way for the average household to cut its energy bills by an estimated £28 per year.

But could such a banal technology in fact be fraught with danger? In July 2009 — five months before the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the initiative — security firm IOActive demonstrated a worm that could rapidly spread through a smart-grid network, disabling meters as it went. The experiment proved what many cybersecurity experts already knew: hackers distributing the right malware could shut down the network. Britain would go dark….

Naperville addressing concerns with Smart Grid
By Justin Kmitch – Daily Herald
Naperville City Council members unanimously approved a Smart Grid Bill of Rights, but not before attempting to quell the fears of about a dozen residents.

Several residents, a few of whom claimed to have just learned about the city’s Smart Grid initiative, asked the city on Tuesday to impose a yearlong moratorium on installing the grid so more could be learned about any harmful side effects.

Radiation effect must be checked before 4G system is okayed
Israel – Officials say upgrading infrastructure to for 4G cellular phones could increase use of such technologies and increase public’s exposure to radiation.

Boffin’s wave claim after suicide spate
by Kerry-Lynne Doyle, Glamorgan Gazette – Wales
MOBILE phones and wireless internet could be behind Bridgend’s growing suicide rate, according to a microwave expert.

Barrie Trower said he is “99 per cent sure” Bridgend’s 13 suspected suicides are a result of waves from mobile phones, wi-fi and pagers.

Mr Trower, a scientific adviser to the Radiation Research Trust, said he is convinced the deaths are related to an illness caused by the waves after investigating five suicide “clusters” across the UK and Ireland.

He is contacting Bridgend Local Health Board and Bridgend County Borough Council to ask them to discuss the issue with him.

Mr Trower is willing to visit Bridgend to speak about the problem.

“I am 99 per cent sure,” said Mr Trower, who contributed to the BBC Panorama programme WiFi: A Warning Signal. “I think I can link them all together and I think it’s a viable reason to look into. We know the suicide rates are rising. The increase in suicides does match the speed of low level microwaves. It’s happening in every country in the world, not just Bridgend.”

Mr Trower has been researching the effects of microwaves since the 1960s and addressed the Welsh Assembly on the issue two years ago.

He has investigated links between 182 suicides and electrosensitivity, a condition thought to affect three per cent of the population….

Prominent scientist reveals possible EM connection to suicides
by Lucy Johnston(Sunday Express)
THE spate of deaths among young people in Britain’s suicide capital could be linked to radio waves from dozens of mobile phone transmitter masts near the victims’ homes.

Dr Roger Coghill, who sits on a Government advisory committee on mobile radiation, has discovered that all 22 youngsters who have killed themselves in Bridgend, South Wales, over the past 18 months lived far closer than average to a mast [cell tower].

He has examined worldwide studies linking proximity of masts to depression. Dr Coghill’s work is likely to trigger alarm and lead to closer scrutiny of the safety of masts, which are frequently sited on public buildings such as schools and hospitals.

Largest Study Finds Evidence Of Association Between EMFs And Exposed Worker Suicide

ScienceDaily (Mar. 16, 2000) — CHAPEL HILL — A large and detailed study of the possible link between exposure to low frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and suicide among electric utility workers has uncovered what appears to be a distinct association.

Cell Phone Emissions Excite The Brain Cortex
Electromagnetic fields from cell phones excite the brain cortex adjacent to it, with potential implications for individuals with epilepsy, or other neurological conditions. This finding is published in Annals of Neurology, a journal by John Wiley & Sons. The article is also available online via Wiley Interscience.

Alcatel-Lucent gadget may topple cell towers
Bloomberg Businessweek
Almost everything electronic – modems, PCs, cell phones – becomes dramatically smaller and more powerful each year. Not cell towers. They’re still big, ugly, and expensive. Most were designed with the simple goal of transmitting plain old phone calls, so towers are easily overwhelmed by smart-phone users who now want to not only call grandma, but also upload stream TV shows.

The current solution to network congestion is “building bigger and bigger cell towers in more places,” says the president of Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless division, Wim Sweldens. But that’s cost-prohibitive in vast rural expanses and pretty much impossible in dense urban areas.

On Feb. 7, Alcatel-Lucent introduced a device called lightRadio that could help bring an end to the bigger-is-better approach. Most of today’s cell towers are 200-foot monsters. Each lightRadio unit measures 2.5 inches across and weighs just 10.5 ounces. That package contains radios and antennae for each of the major cellular technologies – 2G, 3G, and LTE. Carriers can plop them wherever they need more coverage, as long as an electrical source is available.

Fact Sheet on Cell Tower Health Studies: Evidence of harmful health effects on persons living close to cell transmission base station antennas.
Reports from several EU countries.

Smart water meters continue to fail
By Moneth Deposa – Saipan Tribune
There appears to be nothing smart about the performance of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s smart meters.

CUC executive director Abe Utu Malae disclosed that the agency’s efforts to provide all customers with meters that will accurately record water consumption is being hampered by smart meters that are breaking down en masse.

The 1,189 unmetered customers in August 2010 went down to 1,043 in February this year, Malae said, but then 407 smart meters failed in the interim.

He said CUC is now running after its vendor to have the defective units replaced….

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