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Call To Action – Stop The Race to 5G

As a whole, we have focused our interventions to stop the expansion of wireless radiation exposure at Local and State government levels. However, it is important to understand especially as it relates to 5G that these wireless initiatives and their funding are coming from the Federal Congressional level and the FCC. Attached is a summary of 115 new wireless related bills currently in Congress, approximately 40 bills of which seem particularly egregious focused on wireless expansion – the spectrum needed, the installation of small cells, the funding for deployment especially in rural areas, and the legal handcuffing of residents to say no to these bills for any reason especially health and environmental factors. The roll out of such a vast number of bills shows how aggressively and quickly the Wireless Industry through its congressional representatives is working to blanket our country with 5G ultra high frequency wireless radiation (24 GHz to 90 GHz) with transmitters every 2-10 homes.

See attached Comprehensive List of Billsor Summary of Bills That Will Have a Direct Impact on Wireless Development. See also the latest list of federal bills that will assault our rights!

Here are just a few of the numerous 5G bills listed above:
S.1682 – Airwaves Act Proceeds from spectrum auctions would go towards expanding wireless in rural areas. You can read about this pro-industry bill here. Please contact the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
S.1988 – SPEED Act  This bill would expand rural wireless broadband and remove barriers to 5G antenna siting. AT&T heavily supports the bill. You can read about this bill here. Please contact the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
MOBILE NOW Act S.19 & DIGIT Act S.88 & DIGIT Act HR.686 S.19 and S.88/HR.686 follow in the footsteps of Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 by effectively taking away our rights to oppose wireless facilities on the grounds of health or environment. This bill lays the foundation for 5G Networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) that will require a small cell transmitter every couple of homes emitting high frequencies – 24 GHz to 90 GHz – of wireless radiation. These transmitters will be put in public right of ways EXEMPT FROM ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH OR SAFETY REVIEW. See this helpful guidethis post from WhatIs5G, and this PSA from Cece Doucette to learn how you can take action!

There is also the Small Cell Act (Draft, no number yet)

  • Unrestricted access to public property for wireless telecom
  • Small cells as close to 10 feet from homes
  • Landline funds transferred to wireless
  • Massive deregulation

The focus should be talking face to face with our Congressional Members especially those who provide oversight to the FCC. Phone calls and emails to congressional offices has largely been our mode of intervening thus far with questionable effectiveness. Meetings with congressional staff do not get information to the congressional Members. The only way to be heard for certain is to MEET with Congress members themselves and demand they protect us from this reckless expansion and challenge their denial of wireless radiation health effects and confront their refusal to protect citizens on any level.

The Congress Members are in Washington DC and in one day you can talk to 20 to 30 congress members. Of course YOU can meet with your individual representatives in your state home offices but all of the members of Congress need to be educated, NOT just the representatives from your particular state. They ALL need to hear from you at this critical juncture.

CTIA/Wireless Industry lobbyists are in Washington DC talking to your representatives EVERY DAY. We need to do the same EVERY DAY in waves of people. IMAGINE if we had all the electrosensitive people, those who have developed cancer from wireless radiation, and those who don’t want small cell transmitters in front of their homes DESCEND on Washington DC continuously IN WAVES. Congress could not ignore the issue anymore. IT IS TIME TO TAKE ACTION NOW. THERE IS NO MORE TIME TO WAIT.

If you meet with Congressional reps in your state AND/OR are willing to go to Washington, D.C. to lobby CONGRESS Go For It and email Brenda at brenschl@gmail.com. If you can donate your skills (clerical, organizational, computer, social media, legal, advocacy) OR can donate money for attorneys OR can write a TESTIMONIAL regarding your neurological or cancerous symptoms from wireless radiation exposure email brenschl@gmail.com.

Helpful Resources:

“Telecommunications is characterized by major economies of scale, and it will be difficult to deploy small cells efficiently at scale without consistent and reasonable standards in relation to state and local siting fees, applications, and access to public rights-of-way, as well as reform to provide more flexibility to requirements under the federal National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.” — excerpt from Background Memo

In other words, they need to remove public health, well being, and sentiment from the picture in order to speed the deployment of small cells, and to maximize profits. THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM US NOW! Call and Email the Offices of the Communication and Technology Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce to STOP the 5G Deployment Nationwide. Download all contact info for the subcommittee offices and their Chief of Staff and Subcommittee Staff members. Discuss the harmful effects of 5G, ask they include discussions of health effects, and suggest that 5G cannot be deployed because it is unconstitutional and Senators and Representatives took an oath to defend the Constitution! Also see a more detailed list of subcommittee members, Chief of Staff, Subcommittee Staff, emails, phone numbers, physical addresses as well as biographical information regarding the committee members if you want to make your communication more specific to the Congress members interests. You can also access a Directory of all Representatives. See the issues to be discussed in the hearing and background information. See 180 Scientists Appeal.

  • Ask they include testimony from those already sick from wireless radiation
  • Ask they include testimony from 1 Scientist regarding wireless radiation health effects of the 180 Scientists who recently signed the recent Scientists Appeal demanding a moratorium on the roll out of 5G.

Please fax/email this joint letter to the US Senate/HouseMany wireless safety advocates and organizations in the U.S. sent a letter to Congress Tuesday regarding 5G legislation:

“We, the undersigned health, environment, and justice advocates and organizations request you oppose the many pending federal bills related to the expansion of electromagnetic radio frequency radiation (wireless radiation or RFR) and 5G millimeter wave technology including but not limited to: S.1988 SPEED Act, S.19 Mobile Now Act, S.1682 Airwaves Act, S-88 DIGIT Act, H.Res.521, and S.Res.242..” — From: Health, environment, and justice advocates and organizations

Below is a sample message you can send to your Senators and Representatives: You can mail or fax them the letter. You can find your Senators here and your Representatives here.

Subject line: Joint Letter to Congress, oppose 5G and wireless radiation expansion

Honorable [Representative or Senator] [name]

I support this joint letter to Congress requesting you oppose the many pending federal bills related to the expansion of electromagnetic radio frequency radiation (wireless radiation or RFR) and 5G millimeter wave technology including but not limited to: S.1988 SPEED Act, S.19 Mobile Now Act, S.1682 Airwaves Act, S-88 DIGIT Act, H.Res.521, and S.Res.242.

This letter was mailed to all Congress members on November 14, 2017. The letter provides peer-reviewed science references and solid reasons to oppose 5G and wireless expansion. You can find it online at http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Letter-to-Congress-2017-1.pdf

Peer-reviewed published science shows wireless radiation harms public health and nature. Health effects include: fatigue, headaches, sleep problems, anxiety, ringing in the ears, heart problems, learning and memory disorders, increased cancer risk, and more. Children, the ill, and the elderly are more vulnerable. International independent scientists are calling for biologically-based public exposure standards and reducing wireless radiation. We don’t want ugly cell towers, cellular antennas, and noisy coffin-sized cabinets in the rights-of-way outside of our homes, schools, and offices. More importantly, we don’t want the millimeter wave radiation that these antennas will emit: radiation of much high frequencies that are used for non-lethal weapons by our U.S. Army and create burning sensations of the skin. In addition, adverse effects on the eyes, immune function, DNA damage, fetal abnormalities, and antibiotic resistance are all related to exposure to millimeter wave radiation.

Communications are safer using wired and corded connections. It is in the best public and environmental interest to avoid unnecessary wireless radiation exposures.

Please oppose any and all bills related to 5G and wireless radiation expansion.

Thank you for your consideration,

Warm regards from your constituent,
[your name]

 

 

Michigan Senate Bill 637 (5G Infrastructure)

The next possible date they could meet is Thursday, January 11. Senate Bill 637 (2017) was introduced by Senators Joe Hune and Mike Nofs on October 19, 2017 and referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Technology, a committee they both sit on. Michigan Senate Bill 637 would allow telecom to install a small cell or distributed antenna system (DAS) on new and existing utility poles in our rights of way every 500 ft, installing new utility poles where necessary.  They can add 10 ft. to the poles with their equipment, with ground equipment up to 28 sq. ft. allowed (the size of a refrigerator). SB 637 would give away public property – taxpayer supported rights of way, to the already wealthy telecom industry.  It would streamline the permitting process for telecom, taking away county, township, city, village, district, and subdivision authority.  It violates our fundamental property rights, and our right to be safe in our own homes.
Locate the closest utility pole to your home.  Imagine it 10 feet taller with a small cell transmitter on top, and possibly refrigerator sized equipment below. Here are some pictures of already deployed “small” cells. That IS what’s coming if we don’t stop this bill. Please continue to visit, call, write, and testify to the Senate Energy and Tech Committee your opposition to this bill! This is very similar to California’s SB649, which Governor Jerry Brown vetoed last month. It took A LOT of work to raise awareness of the bill and rally people against it, but we did, and we can do it again for the folks of Michigan, who deserve nothing less than our solidarity!

If you’re not okay with your government granting special favors to utility companies and telecom, please let your legislators know!

Here are a few of the email addresses for the Senate Energy & Tech Committee: senmnofs@senate.michigan.gov;SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov; SenJProos@senate.michigan.gov;SenKHorn@senate.michigan.gov;MikeShirkey@senate.mi.gov;SenDZorn@senate.michigan.gov;

Jeanine Deal attended the Senate Energy and Tech committee meeting on November 2nd and gave testimony (testimony starts at about 1:20:00). Joan and Dan testified on November 9th (testimonies start at 17:40), and they both did an excellent job. Here is an awesome 5G flyer and 5G business cards! Please print and distribute as many of these flyers and cards as possible. Not sure who your Michigan State Senator is?  Find out HEREHere is a recent video of Kevin Mottus, wireless radiation health effects whistle-blower, on the steps of the US Supreme Court, talking about 5G. Here is a 2-sided flyer about Michigan SB 637, and here is a 1-sided flyer.  Feel free to use, copy, and/or modify it to suit yourself. Contact MichiganSafeTechnology@gmail.com with questions.

 

Michigan House Bill 4220 – Analog Utility Meter Choice

Please send in testimony asking legislators to support HB 4220! Please also sign this petition! Also contact Rick Snyder, Michigan Governor – who believes smart-meters are safe since they adhere to FCC guidelines (which we know are obsolete) at area code 517, 373-3400 & 335-7858. While you’re at it, ask him to VETO SB637 (the Michigan equivalent of California SB649).

 

Massachusetts EMF Bills

In 2017, Massachusetts introduced 7 bills to address wireless radiation and public health. More than a dozen citizens rearranged their schedules to speak directly to our legislators and 11 of them were taped; December 11th’s are at the bottom here. Bills are to be reported out of committee by February 7th, but some may go sooner so please submit your testimony at your earliest convenience if you haven’t done so already. You needn’t be from MA or even the U.S. to tell your story, or to simply ask for their leadership. Every testimony is an important seed planted for awareness: we have not only the legislators, but other key state-level public servants on the distribution.

The carcinogenicity (http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/cancer-expert-declares-cell-phone-and-wireless-radiation-as-carcinogenic-to-humans-849135.htm), oxidative effects, DNA breakage, and various other biological effects occur even during second-hand exposures so there is no safe way to use it. Furthermore, the trees being killed by radiation from wireless infrastructure are not primary users either (see www.electricalpollution.com/WirelessKillsTrees.html). The ambient radiation levels are getting high enough that they alone are toxic. Exposure to radiation from wireless technology is no less serious than high levels of lead in the water in Flint and should be dealt with in a more timely manner. Right now the educational effectiveness of technology as a teaching aid in schools is seriously being questioned. Please read Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Commission Is Dominated by the Industries It Presumably Regulates by Norm Alster (http://ethics.harvard.edu/files/center-for-ethics/files/capturedagency_alster.pdf). Furthermore, since the radiation wireless technology emits is carcinogenic, cancer promoting, and otherwise biologically active, it has NO place in a school. Please read Wireless communication technologies: New study findings confirm risks of nonionizing radiation (https://www.diagnose-funk.org/download.php?field=filename&id=389&class=DownloadItem). There is no safe way to use this technology. Texting, although widely promoted as being so, has not been shown to be safe (distraction risks aside). (One cellphone measured still overloaded the RF measuring meter when it sent a text.) RF radiation is associated historically with leukemia, lymphoma and various other cancers. Since cellphones were introduced, the focus has been on brain cancer because the brain was the most highly exposed area and the theory was that if RF is carcinogenic that is where cancers will show up first and on the side of the head where the phone was used. However, the head is protected by the skull. The abdomen is not. The “American Cancer Society reports that millennials have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer compared with baby boomers (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/colorectal-cancer-rates-rising-young-adults_us_58b622c9e4b0a8a9b78716a2)”
 

ACR 62 – 5G wireless network technology

This measure would urge policymakers in federal, state, and local government to work in cooperation with one another to modernize and streamline the processes that will enable rapid deployment of the small cell wireless infrastructure that supports 5G wireless networks and that will bring the many benefits of this important new technology to communities across California.

Sneaking onto the scene is Assembly Concurrent Resolution 62. Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature urges policymakers in federal, state, and local government to work in cooperation with one another to establish technology neutral policies and modernize and streamline the processes that will enable rapid deployment of the small cell wireless infrastructure that supports 5G wireless networks and that will bring the many benefits of this important new technology to communities across California It’s already passed the Assembly and Senate Committees it was referred to and looks like it’s due for a final vote.

 

Save The White Pages!

When’s the last time you received a paper copy of the Residential White Pages? If you’re one of the unlucky few that lives in an area where they’ve already been discontinued, you may never see one again. You may not be able to order one online or over the telephone! Telephone directories have become a necessity since the early 1900s, and the phasing out of paper directories is a major barrier to those with disabilities and those who simply prefer the convenience of a paper directory to a computer. Imagine if the dictionary went out of print and you had to use a search engine instead! Not everyone uses telephone directories, but they must be provided for those who still want them and ask for them on request. California is one of the few states where Residential White Pages can still be requested, but that option may no longer be available if Dex/Yellow Pages get their way. Due to dwindling numbers of people that request these once-necessities, they may no longer be an option. The Residential White Pages are an important community resource because  it provides a convenient listing of addresses and phone numbers of everyone with a listed landline in a given geographic area.

Those who live in areas where the Residential White Pages are no longer provided in print will have to resort to either:

  • Using a computer with broadband Internet access to access a poorly designed and maintained potentially-inaccurate database of directory information
  • Using a computer to access a HUGE PDF of the White Pages (over 100 MB) that will slow down or freeze your computer (imagine reading a PDF of the Bible or the Dictionary on your computer!)
  • Pay up to $2.00 per call for Directory Assistance, much of which is no longer accurate

As you can see, neither of these are desirable options. The Residential White Pages are an important and irreplaceable resource for those who still want/need them. We must take action on this now to prevent the further disenfranchising of the public.

Please call 1 (866) 329-7118 and request a print copy of the Residential White Pages for your area. It will be provided free of charge, if you are still eligible to get one. Even if you don’t actually need a directory, please request one to show solidarity with those who still use them. The only reason the Yellow Pages are still distributed is because advertising makes them profitable. Even if they’re not delivered automatically anymore, you can still always request one — not so with the White Pages! The White Pages don’t have advertising, which is why they’re in danger of going extinct. Please request ONE directory and ask that your friends and family all do the same, NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE. If you are told you can no longer get one, please ask to file a complaint and voice your discontent with their executive decision to discontinue the print edition of the Residential White Pages in your area. If you are still eligible, please request ONE and let the staffer know how valuable a resource the Residential White Pages are to a community. Why will this work? Because the corporations that provide these essential services don’t think they’re necessary anymore, because YOU are NOT requesting them. We must request them to express that there is still demand for them, and that it will not be going away anytime soon, if ever.

 

Illinois HB2691 (Telecoms-IP Based Services)

Has AT&T forgotten that loyal landline customers have paid for its copper network many times over? The copper network that AT&T complains about continues to be extremely valuable for all of us. Plus, if AT&T’s 1 million or so landline customers each pay $40 a month for service, that means the company rakes in more than $480 million a year from landlines. As AT&T looks forward to the end of POTS obligations, others are crying foul. It’s possible this could be the last straw for reliable telephone service in Illinois.

AT&T’s legislation would allow the company to end service to 1.2 million business and residential landlines once the Federal Communications Commission gives final approval. And it would axe Illinois’ best local phone deals, the “Consumer’s Choice” calling plans, which are under a state-mandated rate freeze. SB1381/HB2691 would remove the December 31, 2020 expiration date for landlines and allow Illinois telecoms, such as American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) to dismantle landline service for Illinoisans in the near future. Furthermore, all remaining voice communication would be “upgraded” to digital, rather than analog, technologies and would require customer-premises mains power for operation as opposed to relying on a common battery at the central office. It is prudent that the Illinois House of Representatives, particularly the Public Utilities Committee, be briefed and informed about the dangers of this bill before they vote on it. If possible, tell your legislators to protect the Telecom Act and reject these bills by calling a special AARP Illinois Telecom Hotline, 1 (844) 220-5552. Read about SB1839 here. More info here. And submit this form to send a message to Congress (use ZIP Code 60611-5061 if you don’t live in Illinois). Here are the available addresses for the PU Committee:  bphelps118@gmail.com;illinois32district@gmail.com;RepDistrict3@gmail.com;butler@ilhousegop.org;lindachapalavia@il83dist.com;repjgordon@gmail.com;repjayhoffman@gmail.com;repjones.jones@gmail.com;repmitchell@earthlink.net;esims@repelgiesims34.com;spain@ilhousegop.org;statereplarrywalshjr@gmail.com;41districtdirector@gmail.com;welter@ilhousegop.org;office@repkeithwheeler.org

 

California PUC Landline Hearings

Contact the California PUC (below is contact info for commissioners) and underline for them why the copper landline telephone system must be retained. The purpose of the PUC workshop was to identify the current state of copper communications facilities usage in relation to the transition to IP technology. The speakers (1) provided an overview of their the existing copper networks, (2) discussed interconnection and wholesale dependencies on copper, and (3) identified the degree to which California consumers and small businesses rely upon existing copper-based facilities. For questions about the workshop, please contact Yan Solopov at yan@cpuc.ca.gov or (415) 703-5345.
Michael Picker
Email Address: MP6@cpuc.ca.gov
Telephone Number: 415-703-2444
Liane Randolph
Administrative Support for Commissioner Randolph
Phone: 415-703-2156
Joan Dahlgren
Administrative Support for Commissioner Rechtschaffen
Phone: 415-703-1840
Anna-Marie Madrigal
Administrative Support for Commission Guzman Aceves
Phone: 415-703-2971
Carla Peterman
Telephone: (415) 703-1407, FAX (415) 703-1294
Public Advisor office
415-703-2074
Office of Ratepayer Advocates
415-703-1584

 

AT&T Service Notice Changes

American Telephone & Telegraph Corporation has reneged on its promise to wait until 2020 before beginning its dismantling of PSTN landlines. Many AT&T customers have received this change in service notice. There is much discussion about the meaning, scope, timing and implementation of the notice AT&T customers are receiving. Basically, it says that unless you call and cancel your service with them in within 30 days, you automatically agree to allow them to install new network equipment on your property, which includes co-locating antennas, and that you agree to pay all the electric charges for this new network equipment. They are trying to expand their network using our real estate and have us pay to waste electricity broadcasting microwaves 24/7. Voice your opposition to any termination of analog, copper landline service. Some new customers have already been denied landlines, and AT&T pushed U-verse on them as the only option, which requires equipment to be installed on the house, just as they’re describing in this service notice. They then end up with a VoIP phone that is digital and requires internet access and electricity. This is the beginning of the dismantling of our analog landlines. We know that AT&T has been begging the FCC to let it happen for many years, and is targeting 2020. But this process has already been underway for a very long time. In some places it’s already a done deal. It’s going on now, and there’s not much more time to fight back and prevent this from happening. AT&T will start threatening our phone service if we don’t comply with the installation of electrical equipment on our homes that will begin to ‘migrate’ us from analog to digital. By law, AT&T cannot disconnect someone’s copper service. They have not been authorized by law to do that. AT&T can’t switch out the network, and they can’t disconnect copper and put in fiber. However, the notice bypasses any regulatory approval and states that a customer, by paying their bill, allows AT&T to do anything they want. If AT&T is allowed to discontinue the analog local loop, effectively eliminating your landline, you will no longer have dependable, reliable, common-battery telephone service. VoIP is currently unregulated, and AT&T is fighting to make sure that it stays that way.

 

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  1. Call the CPUC to ask what this notice means and lodge a complaint: Public Advisor’s Office — (415) 703-2074 (At the recording, don’t select any of the options. There will be silence at the end and then you will be transferred to a person. Ask them how to file a formal complaint*.) Their office MUST receive many, many calls! When you call you MUST be persistent about filing a formal complaint! Demand that the PUC representative takes down your name, telephone number, and request to file a formal complaint. You must be persistent! Demand that the CPUC defend our rights!
  2. Call the CPUC Consumer Affairs Branch — 1 (800) 649-7570. They will take your information and can explain about filing a complaint and the process.
  3. Write a formal letter of protest* (especially if you are one of their landline subscribers) to AT&T showing you paid for service beyond 30 days under duress of losing telephone service and immediately objected to the new terms.
  4. Complain to AT&T general customer support by telephone and complain: 1 (800) 331-0500
  5. Call AT&T’s landline support number and complain: 1 (800) 288-2020. Ask for a center manager and let them know you object to the loss of your landline**. Get the location and employee ID number of the person you spoke with and their name, too, if they will supply it.
  6. File an informal complaint with the Consumer Affairs Branch. Include a copy of your account number, a copy of the change of residential service notice, and any correspondence with AT&T. Explain it in your complaint letter**.
  7. File a formal complaint with your PUC/PSC about AT&T’s residential service agreement changes in your state ASAP. In a formal complaint, you have to show how you have been harmed. When you file a complaint**, email TURN (see next step) that you have done so, summarizing for them the complaint, so that they can add to their list. They are considering filing a complaint themselves. You can also file a complaint through TURN’s website. Give them permission to being added to their complaint and provide your phone number to them. You can put TURN’s name down as a referring agency when you file a formal complaint, as this adds weight to your complaint. Complaints by mail can be directed to (CPUC Consumer Affairs Formal Complaints 505 So. Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102) and complaints by telephone can be directed to the non-toll-free number (415) 703-2074, #1, 2, 1, 4, 0 to get to a person that you can complain to. See link for toll-free number. Click here to file a formal complaint.
  8. Email the Utility Reform Network (TURN) amontez@turn.org — California residents only. Let them know you filed a complaint at the CPUC and briefly describe what you said in the complaint**. They investigate trends. The more people they hear from, the bigger the issue for them. If you have questions or AT&T is not servicing your copper landline, call them at (415) 929-8876.
  9. Contact Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen: (415) 703-1840.
  10. Contact Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves: (415) 703-2971
  11. Contact Commissioner Carla Peterman
  12. Contact Commissioner President Picker: (415) 703-2444, who is interested in emergency services.
  13. Contact Commissioner Liane Randolph: (415) 703-2156.
  14. Contact your congressional reps and Senators. Send them a copy of the complaint or summarize your complaint, and ask for their help. Ask for a freeze on this policy, an investigation, and public hearings on customer needs and copperline landlines.
  15. Telephone your local radio station (using your landline)! Write editorials*** to your local newspaper! See this article that was recently published in the Montery Herald.
  16. Call your state and federal elected officials, using the information in this document.
  17. Attend city council and board of supervisor/county officials meetings; attend any and all in neighboring communities and counties. The public and elected officials don’t know about these proposals. Please inform in person as many of these municipal governments as possible. Since many of these meetings are televised, the message goes to a wider audience.
  18. Is your neighborhood on NextDoor.com? Are you? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, use it! Post questions like “Does anyone here object to cell towers in the neighborhood?”. Share information about local protests against cellular towers and alert neighbors as to how they can get involved to save their landlines and fight 5G. Be prepared to respond to a lot of not-so-nice feedback. So, in order to be credible, make sure what you post can be well-cited, especially if you post in the Silicon Valley areas.
  19. In defense and support of loyal landline users everywhere, use a rotary phone instead of a TouchTone phone! Because rotary phones generally only work with landlines and cost the phone company more to support, you can silently make your opposition known every time you make a call by using a rotary phone instead of a TouchTone phone.

**Here are some points to include on the telephone and in your complaint:

  • Request that the CPUC holds a hearing on this change
  • Request that this change is put on hold until there is a hearing and public discussion
  • There is no provision or opt-out or willingness to serve the EMF-disabled no reasonable accommodation [rep said I could cancel my service if I didn’t agree]
  • If you are homebound or disabled or depend on your landline for emergency services access and do NOT have an option for ‘disconnected’ service
  • If you have unreliable access to mains power
  • Impossible deadline for the consumer to make any changes — 30 days or July 1
  • No public discussion of this service agreement change – AT&T seems to be moving ahead of regulatory approval
  • Access to emergency services are often most essential when there is no power
  • Changes from copperline service to wireless or with new electric connections could worsen disabling health effects for the EMF-disabled, including the installation on neighboring buildings, homes, or units.
  • Inadequate method of alerting public – a little insert in the monthly bill
  • Vague open-ended change – whatever AT&T wants to do or install on our homes is agreed to — AT&T proposals since 2009 are that they want to discontinue copperline exchange landline service
  • Costly and inconvenient for the public
  • Some people have had the same phone number for decades – hugely inconvenient and disruptive to set up and to notify people as well as costly if they were to change
  • May have to purchase new equipment to switch to another system
  • Will have to find a new service provider if they don’t agree with AT&T.
  • Energy intensive
  • Consumer cost of electricity for new systems.
  • There is no 911 or emergency service or telephone service with VoIP or digital service in power outages. Copperline landlines normally work in a power outage and provide 911 and all other phone needs.
  • Notice is misleading, threatening, and coercing. Changes have not been approved by the CPUC. AT&T is asking for a blank check with this notice. We do not consent.

***California Newspaper Contact Information: Editorials/Letters to the Editor
These are not all the newspapers in California, but some of the regional ones. Keep your letters at 150 words max; newspapers may edit them. The shorter it is, the better chance of being published. If you are sending your letter to an email address, include your full name, mailing address, city of residence, landline telephone number, and email address. See www.scientists4wiredtech.com if you want talking points on SB 649.

 

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has opened an email account dedicated to comments about broadband “fails”

Commissioner Rosenworcel aims “to take in the public stories and ideas. And I will share everything that comes in with the Chairman and with my colleagues, because I think it’s time to turn every one of those ‘broadband fails’ into something better–‘broadband success.’” Remind the commissioner that state laws require municipalities to hold liability insurance in the event of damage or injury caused by antennas installed on public right-of-ways; that state laws require municipalities to hire independent PEs to assess infrastructure like “small” cells before installation and that municipalities are required to obey OSHA/FCC limits to protect workers from over-exposure to radiofrequency radiation. Let Commissioner Rosenworcel know that you want wired Internet access, delivered via fiber optics. You do NOT want wireless delivery via “small” cells on PROWs, since wireless delivery is not safe, secure, reliable, enduring (cost-effective) nor energy efficient. Fiber optics is. Let Commissioner Rosenworcel know that you do not want to compromise your family’s health or privacy with untested 24/7 exposure to millimeter wave frequencies emitted by “small” cells mounted on lamp posts, traffic lights and rooftops near our homes, schools and businesses.
Email Commissioner Rosenworcel at: broadbandfail@fcc.gov
Also, carbon copy (cc) your email to: Daniel.Kassiday@fda.hhs.gov;Michael.OHara@fda.hhs.gov;William.Jung@fda.hhs.gov;Robert.Ochs@fda.hhs.gov;linetm@mail.nih.gov;maryanne.bright@nih.gov;bvw3@cdc.gov

 

FCC Dockets 17-84, 16-421: Landline Retirement

The FCC wants to “Accelerate Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment” and “Revising the Historic Preservation Review Process for Wireless Facility Deployments”. These dockets are to accelerate the deployment of 5G by preempting local government siting authority. Please take a moment to file a comment in this docket too. Since the dockets are very similar, possibly identical, file the same comment if you don’t have time to tweak it! More information about these dockets can be found here, here, and hereSend in comments and documents!

Please take a moment to file a reply comment in these dockets.  A sample comment is below.  The single most important thing you can include is research supporting the need to halt rollout of 5G and preserve the copper line phone system.  If you have a good internet connection and a bit of time, please be sure to upload plenty of research showing the negative health and environmental consequences wireless technology is having.  I understand that they have to include anything actually posted into the docket in consideration, but may not consider documents that are only included as links, so please take the time to upload the documents in their entirety.

WT Docket 17-84 will take away local control and “deem granted” all applications. You will not have a say if these small cell antennas are placed in front of your home every 2-10 homes. Your local government will not be able to help you because they will have no power. Additionally, it will dismantle the copper line phone phone system.

Docket 17-84 will revisit plans for copper landline retirement and also focus on broadband deployment and regulations for pole attachments. Here are few things this ruling aims to do:

  1. See what WHATIS5G has posted about this docket!
  2. Read this FCC release, starting on page 18.
  3. Click here for notice; click here for proposed rule.
  4. Antennas on light poles could be coming to your area! Watch this 2 minute video.
  5. Here is an excerpt from the proposal linked in Step 1: We seek comment on whether Section 253 of the Act provides the Commission with authority to preempt state laws and regulations governing service quality, facilities maintenance, or copper retirement that are impeding fiber deployment. Do any such laws “have the effect of prohibiting the ability of [those ILECs] to provide any interstate or intrastate telecommunications service?” Are such laws either not “competitively neutral” or not “necessary to preserve and advance universal service, protect the public safety and welfare, ensure the continued quality of telecommunications services, and safeguard the rights of consumers,” such that state authority is not preserved from preemption under Section 253(b)? Commenters arguing in favor of preemption should identify specific state laws they believe to be at issue. Would preemption allow the Commission to develop a uniform nationwide copper retirement policy for facilitating deployment of next-generation technologies? Are there other sources of authority for Commission preemption of the state laws being discussed that we should consider using?
  6. Please take a moment to file a comment regarding this docket (in ALL THREE DOCKETS)! When submitting your filing, submit backup documents into the record. Links may not be considered “in the record”. Submit as many documents as you can — research, etc. If there are duplicate postings by others, then the FCC can’t miss them and this will be a valuable record for the future. In your comment please state facts, emphasize safe alternatives, use specific evidence for supporting your views. Please include specific symptoms and experiences you have had.

 

Libraries Promote Wi-Fi: FCC Comments Needed

The American Library Association is urging civilians to write in to the FCC to let them know how Wi-Fi makes their life better, in attempts to gain public funds for Wi-Fi projects. This is about discrimination and access. Local community libraries refuse to provide access for those disabled by EHS or to acknowledge the EMS-disabled. Let the FCC know you oppose using congressional funds to fund Wi-Fi projects and that Wi-Fi should not be allowed in libraries! Tell the FCC your “Wi-Fi story”:
  • Format your response as a PDF document (Use letterhead!).
  • For the Proceeding Number, enter the following proceeding numbers: 13-184
  • Complete the rest of the information on the form.
  • Select “REPLY TO COMMENTS” in the drop-down menu under “Type of Filing”
  • Upload your comments at the bottom of the form.

 

Unified Presidential Letter Writing Campaign

We plan to write letters to the President on a regular basis. If we all send in our letters on the same day, that may be more effective. While the letters and post-card below are starting points, we encourage everyone to write their own personal letter. If we could all send emails on the same day, that would be even better. Be sure to voice your opinion to the White House as well: (202) 456-1414! We plan to repeat our calls, emails, and letters every week until the White House responds.

Letters to the President – DOCX Files (editable)
Summary Letter A
Summary Letter B
Letter 1 – Repeal Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
Letter 2 – Lower the FCC standards
Letter 3 – Ban cell phone usage among children
Letter 4 – Impose a smart-meter ban
Letter 5 – Ban Wi-Fi in schools
Letter 6 – Create “white spots” or EMR sanctuaries
Letter 7 – Remove barriers to the purchase and use of incandescent light-bulbs
Letter 8 – Recognize EHS as a valid disability/diagnosis in the US
Additional Letter 1 – Science
Additional Letter 2 – Ban Public Wi-Fi
Additional Letter 3 – Building Integrity
Additional Letter 4A – The EHS “bare-bones” template
Additional Letter 4B – The EMS filled template

Letters to the President – PDF Files (not editable)
Summary Letter A
Summary Letter B
Letter 1 – Repeal Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
Letter 2 – Lower the FCC standards
Letter 3 – Ban cell phone usage among children
Letter 4 – Impose a smart-meter ban
Letter 5 – Ban Wi-Fi in schools
Letter 6 – Create “white spots” or EMR sanctuaries
Letter 7 – Remove barriers to the purchase and use of incandescent light-bulbs
Letter 8 – Recognize EHS as a valid disability/diagnosis in the US
Additional Letter 1 – Science
Additional Letter 2 – Ban Public Wi-Fi
Additional Letter 3 – Building Integrity
Additional Letter 4B – The EMS filled template

Post Card Template
EMF Post-Card PDF file (not editable; We cannot post the Publisher file due to WordPress restrictions. If you would like an editable version of the post-card, please use the Contact Form and we’ll email you a copy.)

 

Smart-Meter Revolt
*Read about the smart-meter regulations in your state or territory here*

Smart Meter Doctor/Disability Letter to PUC/PSC/Utility [Template]

Day of Action

Smart Meter Day Of Action: http://actiondaytostopsmartmeters.org/
EMR Action Day: http://www.emractionday.org/

National Day Of Action

  • Brainstorm day/date
  • Logistics
  • Posters
  • Phone Calls and Emails
  • Press and Media
  • World Health Organization
  • Funding
  • Proposed Wireless tax… (i.e. 2% on all wireless contracts –> Wireless Health Effects Research/Bell Labs/Subsidize copper landlines)
  • Wireless Legislation

List of US Legislator Email Addresses (may not be updated)

Senator_Stevens@stevens.senate.gov
email@murkowski.senate.gov
senator@shelby.senate.gov
senator@bumpers.senate.gov
senator.hutchinson@hutchinson.senate.gov
info@kyl.senate.gov
Senator_McCain@mccain.senate.gov
senator@boxer.senate.gov
senator@feinstein.senate.gov
data@nighthorse.falcontech.com
sen_dodd@dodd.senate.gov
senator_lieberman@lieberman.senate.gov
senator@biden.senate.gov
bob_graham@graham.senate.gov
connie@mack.senate.gov
senator_max_cleland@cleland.senate.gov
senator_coverdell@coverdell.senate.gov
senator@inouye.senate.gov
tom_harkin@harkin.senate.gov
chuck_grassley@grassley.senate.gov
larry_craig@craig.senate.gov
dirk_kempthorne@kempthorne.senate.gov
senator@moseley-braun.senate.gov
lugar@iquest.net
sam_brownback@brownback.senate.gov
wendell_ford@ford.senate.gov
senator@mcconnell.senate.gov
senator@breaux.senate.gov
senator@landrieu.senate.gov
john_kerry@kerry.senate.gov
senator@kennedy.senate.gov
senator@mikulski.senate.gov
senator@sarbanes.senate.gov
olympia@snowe.senate.gov
senator@collins.senate.gov
senator@levin.senate.gov
michigan@abraham.senate.gov
senator@wellstone.senate.gov
mail_grams@grams.senate.gov
kit_bond@bond.senate.gov
john_ashcroft@ashcroft.senate.gov
senatorlott@lott.senate.gov
senator@cochran.senate.gov
max@baucus.senate.gov
conrad_burns@burns.senate.gov
senator@faircloth.senate.gov
jesse_helms@helms.senate.gov
senator@conrad.senate.gov
senator@dorgan.senate.gov
chuck_hagel@hagel.senate.gov
bob@kerrey.senate.gov
mailbox@gregg.senate.gov
opinion@smith.senate.gov
senator_torricelli@torricelli.senate.gov
frank_lautenberg@lautenberg.senate.gov
Senator_Bingaman@bingaman.senate.gov
senator_domenici@domenici.senate.gov
senator_reid@reid.senate.gov
senator@bryan.sen.gov
Senator@dpm.senate.gov
senator_al@damato.senate.gov
Senator_Glenn@glenn.senate.gov
senator_dewine@dewine.senate.gov
nickles@rpc.senate.gov
wyden@teleport.com
senator@santorum.senate.gov
senator_specter@specter.senate.gov
senator_chafee@chafee.senate.gov
senator@hollings.senate.gov
senator@thurmond.senate.gov
tom_daschle@daschle.senate.gov
tim_johnson@johnson.senate.gov
senator_thompson@thompson.senate.gov
senator_frist@frist.senate.gov
senator@hutchison.senate.gov
info@gramm96.org
senator_hatch@hatch.senate.gov
senator@bennett.senate.gov
senator@robb.senate.gov
senator@warner.senate.gov
senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov
vermont@jeffords.senate.gov
senator_murray@murray.senate.gov
Senator_Gorton@gorton.senate.gov
senator@feingold.senate.gov
senator_kohl@kohl.senate.gov
Senator_Byrd@Byrd.Senate.gov
senator@rockefeller.senate.gov
craig@thomas.senate.gov
senator@enzi.senate.gov
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