NTP Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer

Feb 20, 2018 — by Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley; original article here

A. NTP Study: Analyze the Overall Tumor Risk

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.:

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) researchers did not carefully examine the overall tumor risk, that is, the risk of an animal developing any type of tumor due to cell phone radiation exposure. There are several strong justifications for conducting this analysis.

First, a 5-year, $5 million Air Force study found low incidences of various types of tumors in male rats exposed to microwave radiation. In that study, the exposed rats were three times more likely to get cancer than the control rats. The study employed much lower intensity microwave radiation than the NTP studies.

Second, early toxicology research on the effects of tobacco found low incidences of many types of tumors among animals exposed to tobacco smoke. Scientists dismissed this evidence as they assumed an agent could not cause cancer in different types of tissue. History later proved them wrong.

Finally, my preliminary analysis of the overall tumor risk using summary data from the appendices to the NTP report, found that male rats exposed to cell phone radiation were significantly more likely to develop cancer than control rats (38% vs. 25.5%; p = .021), and more likely to develop a nonmalignant tumor (70% vs. 54%; p = .003).

Male rats in the lowest cell phone radiation exposure group, 1.5 watts per kilogram, were also more likely to develop a nonmalignant tumor than control rats (74% vs. 54%; p < .001). Although cancer incidence for this low exposure group was greater than the control group, the difference was not statistically significant (34% vs. 25.5%; p = .163).

B. Ramazzini Study: More Than a Coincidence

By Louis Slesin, February 20, 2018; original article here and Ramazzini abstract here.

New Large Animal Study, Like NTP’s, Links RF to Schwannoma of the Heart

   
Ramazzini Study: 2,448 Rats Lifetime Exposed to 1800 MHz GSM

  • Group A: 5 V/m = 66,300 µW/m² (0.7% of US RF Microwave radiation exposure guideline)
  • Group B: 25 V/m = 1,658,000 µW/m² (17% of US RF Microwave radiation exposure guideline)
  • Group C: 50 V/m = 6,630,000 µW/m² (66% of US RF Microwave radiation exposure guideline)

Note: US RF Microwave radiation exposure guideline = 61 V/m = 10,000,000 µW/m²

Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany:

There are lots of nerve fibers wrapped in Schwann cells. We are learning that if the exposure is focused at one place, like the head, the schwannomas occur in the auditory nerve, whereas if it is a whole-body exposure they occur elsewhere, such as in the heart.” Carpenter, a medical doctor who trained as a neurophysiologist, is the .

It is also striking that other tumors occurred in organs such as the prostate, pancreas, thyroid and liver in the NTP study,” Carpenter added, “These observations suggest a much greater number of sensitive organs than we have previously documented in humans to date.

Note: We now know that even weak RF signals have biological effects; it is the pulsing effects of EMFs that are particularly dangerous. V/m is often the most meaningful measurement because it gives peak signal strength, while μW/m² measures Power Flux Density (PFD) by averaging the power levels over time. Wireless devices and infrastructure have peak power levels that are 100 times or 1,000 times higher than average power levels, as detailed here.

C. Fallacies of US RF/MW Radiation Exposure Guidelines

This is more fully explained here.

RF Microwave Exposure Guidelines: 1,500 MHz to 300,000 MHz

Basis Organization RF/MW Exposure Limits1 Collection Time2 Meter Setting3 Year
Acute Burns FCC4 10,000,000 µW/m² 30 mins Avg. RF/MW 19965
Acute Burns ICNIRP6 10,000,000 µW/m² 6 mins Avg. RF/MW 1998
Acute Burns IEEE7 10,000,000 µW/m² 30 mins Avg. RF/MW 2005
Biological Effects BioInitiative 3–6 µW/m² 30 mins Peak RF/MW 2012


Footnotes for RF/MW Exposure Limits: 1,500 MHz to 300,000 MHz:

  1. µW/m² = a rate of exposure metered as millionths of a watt spread over one square meter; this does not measure total dose of RF/MW radiation (which is total exposure over time), as detailed here 

  2. This is the time an RF/MW technician must remain on site to complete the RF/MW meter reading of a rate of exposure; this does not measure total dose of RF/MW radiation (which is total exposure over time) 

  3. Peak RF/MW exposures are metered 100x to 1,000x higher than Average RF/MW exposures, due to the duty cycles inherent in pulsed, data-modulated, RadioFrequency Microwave Radiation , as detailed here 

  4. Federal Communications Commission, which is not a health agency 

  5. Actually, based on 1986 NCRP RF/MW exposure limits from review of science through 1982, as detailed here 

  6. International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, which is not a health agency 

  7. Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, which is not a health agency 

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

Those acquainted with the New York Yankees storied history in Major League Baseball will be familiar with Yogi Berra, a colorful catcher for the Yankees and a fountain of now-quite-famous “Yogi-isms“.

  • Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.

  • He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.

  • When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

One “Yogi-ism” that applies to the US Government’s scientific reporting of harms from RF Microwave radiation exposures is "It’s déjà vu all over again."

The $64,000,000,000 question is: if 15,000 to 50,000 µW/m² of RF Microwave radiation exposure is sufficient to cause cardiac problems, neurological and psychological symptoms, altered blood cell counts, increased chromosome aberrations, and elevated cancer in children and adults, then why are US cities allowing 720,000 to 1,230,000 µW/m² of RF Microwave radiation exposure on sidewalks from 4G/5G so-called “Small Cell” cell phone towers installed in the public rights of way — 15–50 feet from our homes?

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2018 Oklahoma Smart Meter Bill

Oklahoma’s Exemplary AMI Smart Meters Removal and Consumer Protection Bill: A Model For Other States To Follow

Joe Esposito, The Meter Man of Youtube fame, worked with a constitutional attorney and his State Rep., Dale Derby, to introduce this bill in January, 2018. This is very comprehensive. Other State legislators should follow in these footsteps.

Oklahoma House Bill 2872 Summary

A. A consumer choice of the type of utility meters to be installed and operated on their places of residence, property or business; among the choices offered shall be the installation or ongoing operation of a nontransmitting electromechanical analog meter;

  1. The ability to retain and operate an electromechanic analog [sic] meter on an ongoing basis at no cost; and

  2. The right to replacement of a wireless meter with a nontransmitting electromechanical meter at no cost.

B. The utility companies in Oklahoma shall be required to obtain the ratepayer’s written consent, i.e. opt-in or opt-out:

  1. Before installing wireless meters or equivalent technology on the ratepayer’s property; and

C. The utility companies shall provide written notice to ratepayers within ninety (90) days of the effective date of this act for the purpose of informing said ratepayers if wireless meters have been installed on their properties.

D. Utility companies by this section of law shall be:

  1. Prohibited from shutting off service to a ratepayer based on the ratepayer’s utility usage or on the ratepayer having electromechanical analog meters;

  2. Prohibited from imposing any disincentive on a ratepayer for not consenting to the installation or use of wireless meters;

  3. Required to notify ratepayers in writing that the installation and use of wireless meters are not mandated by state or federal law and are not permitted without the ratepayer’s consent;

Oklahoma House Bill 2872 Text

By: Dale Derby; 2nd Session of the 56th Legislature (2018); Original here.

Oklahoma House Bill 2872

AS INTRODUCED

An Act relating to public utilities; making legislative findings; defining terms; imposing duty on Oklahoma Corporation Commission; requiring information to be provided to certain ratepayers; requiring utility companies to obtain written consent with respect to certain devices; requiring written notice; providing for removal of devices; imposing prohibitions on utility companies; requiring rules and regulations to be adopted by the Corporation Commission; requiring certain actions by Corporation Commission, the Attorney General and the Oklahoma State Department of Health; imposing duty on Oklahoma Corporation Commission with respect to Electric Usage Data Protection Act; prescribing procedures; providing for codification; providing for noncodification; and declaring an emergency.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:

SECTION 1. NEW LAW — A new section of law not to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes reads as follows: The Legislature makes the following findings:

  1. The ten-year twenty-five-million-dollar National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) Studies of the Toxicology and Carcinogenicity of Cell Phone Radiation and the 2012 BioInitiative Reports state that non-ionizing radiation from radio frequencies shared by cell phones and smart meters produced increased rates of highly malignant very rare tumors: gliomas of the brain and schwannomas of the heart;

  2. These experimental findings are consistent with human studies showing increased rates of gliomas and acoustic neuromas (schwann cells) among humans exposed to cell-phone and smart-meter radiation;

  3. In addition to increased cancers, the NTP study also reported that prenatally exposed animals produced offspring with lower birth weights and evidence of direct genetic damage;

  4. The State of Oklahoma and its agencies have a primary state constitutional duty to protect the health and welfare of its citizens;

  5. Non-ionizing radiation from cell phones and smart meters has been scientifically proven in independent studies to cause harm to biological life; and

  6. The State of Oklahoma to this date has done nothing to protect its citizens from this radiation.

SECTION 2. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 710.15 of Title 17, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:

A. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

  1. "Electromechanical analog meter" means a purely electric and mechanical device, using no switch-mode power supply, no transmitter, no antenna and no radio frequency emissions;

  2. "Utility company" means an electric, gas or water company, or town or city-owned utility or other utility provider that holds a protected monopoly to operate in the State of Oklahoma;

  3. "Wireless meter" means any transmitting metering device with electronic components and/or any electric- or battery-operated meter that is capable of measuring, recording and sending utility data (such as water, gas, electricity, cell phone, cable TV or Internet) by means of a wireless signal from a utility consumer or member to a utility company, municipality or cooperative association in a manner utilizing one-way communication, two-way communication, or a combination of one-way and two-way communication either through the meter itself or through a device ancillary to the meter or through cell towers/phones or ISPs. Common names include, but are not limited to, AMR, ERT, smart, AMI and Comprehensive Advanced Metering Plan (CAMP);

  4. "Equivalent technology" means utility infrastructure, or Internet Service Providers (ISP), that communicate data using wireless frequencies, but which may be undisclosed due to proprietary rights. This also includes devices that communicate wirelessly with any home appliance or computer;

  5. "Cell phone" means or indicate any part of a cellular phone system that operates wirelessly for the consumer and carries phone or data wirelessly;

  6. "WiFi" means any wireless communication device or appliance used in any wireless communication system based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 Standard;

  7. "Ratepayer" or "consumer" means a person who pays or consumes the product of any utility operating within the State of Oklahoma; and 8. "Opt-in" or "opt-out" means the desire of the ratepayer or consumer of a product from a utility as to whether or not they wish to participate with the utility in wireless metering which may cause health problems for the ratepayer or consumer. An opt-in position is a desire to participate and an opt-out is a desire not to participate in wireless metering with the utility.

B. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) shall direct utility companies, including natural gas providers, water providers and electric power providers, to provide ratepayers the following:

  1. A choice of the type of utility meters to be installed and operated on their places of residence, property or business; among the choices offered shall be the installation or ongoing operation of a nontransmitting electromechanical analog meter;

  2. The ability to retain and operate an electromechanical analog meter on an ongoing basis at no cost; and

  3. The right to replacement of a wireless meter with a nontransmitting electromechanical meter at no cost.

C. The utility companies in Oklahoma shall be required to obtain the ratepayer’s written consent, i.e. opt-in or opt-out:

  1. Before installing wireless meters or equivalent technology on the ratepayer’s property; and

  2. Before altering the functionality of said meters.

D. The utility companies shall provide written notice to ratepayers within ninety (90) days of the effective date of this act for the purpose of informing said ratepayers if wireless meters have been installed on their properties. Ratepayers shall have the right to request that the utility companies remove said wireless meters and install in their place electromechanical analog meters that emit no radio frequency, electromagnetic, non-ionizing radiation. There shall be no cost or other periodic usage charges to the ratepayer for such removal, replacement installation and use of a nonwireless utility meter. The utility company shall promptly comply with such removal and replacement installation request made by the ratepayer to said company.

E. Utility companies by this section of law shall be:

  1. Prohibited from shutting off service to a ratepayer based on the ratepayer’s utility usage or on the ratepayer having electromechanical analog meters;

  2. Prohibited from imposing any disincentive on a ratepayer for not consenting to the installation or use of wireless meters;

  3. Required to notify ratepayers in writing that the installation and use of wireless meters are not mandated by state or federal law and are not permitted without the ratepayer’s consent;

  4. Prohibited from discriminating against ratepayers who may have medical conditions that are exacerbated by exposures to pulsed microwave radio frequencies; and

  5. Prohibited from installing equivalent technology, such as direct wireless connection to devices in the home or business, placing devices on poles or in any other manner near the home or business of an individual requesting a nontransmitting meter, such that the utility is not exposing persons who opt-out to non-ionizing radiation.

F. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission shall establish terms, conditions and regulations to comply with the requirements of this section, said regulations to be submitted for approval to the Oklahoma Legislature not later than eighteen (18) months after adoption of this section of law.

G. Pursuant to the provisions of this section, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission shall operate in conjunction with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office and the State Health Department to protect the health and welfare of all Oklahoma citizens. Working jointly and immediately upon enactment of this act, the OCC, Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office and State Health Department shall ensure that the above and foregoing as well as the following provisions of this legislation are fully carried out:

  1. Shall establish an absolute state-wide moratorium on the deployment of smart meter AMI (advanced metering infrastructure), metering equipment that uses microwave technology to communicate information from the consumer to the utility, whether it is an electric utility or other. Such moratorium to remain in place until released by action of the State Legislature rescinding the requirements of this paragraph;

  2. Shall ensure that all utility and phone service providers properly notice all customers of potential health hazards of any and all of their services and allow the customer to opt-out or modify services if desired by the customer;

  3. The OCC shall exercise its constitutional duty to independently review the safety of devices, such as smart meters, used for transmitting information in a wireless environment and shall do so in a manner not relying upon information provided by industry (utility) sources, but shall, through independent experts and input from consumers, examine the entire universe of valid scientific information available to make a reasoned decision as to whether it is likely or not that microwaves pose a threat to the citizens of Oklahoma at today’s usage rates and the power levels currently used by equipment in service or requested by the utility to be put into use. To this end, the OCC shall conduct public hearings across the State of Oklahoma to assure that all Oklahomans, who have any kind of problem with smart meters, can be heard along with the requisite utilities and independent scientists;

  4. During the interim, while OCC studies the safety of microwave radiation, the OCC shall promulgate rules that shall require all utilities to shut down present smart meter systems and have consumer meters read by either meter readers, consumer call-in or email of readings to the impacted utility for billing purposes. All utility providers shall maintain service as long as a ratepayer is paying for the services rendered, without regard to the type of meter specified by the utility;

  5. The OCC shall also promulgate rules that shall make Oklahoma permanently an opt-in state for any kind of smart meter application. Unless the consumer requests the smart meter, it shall not be installed. Consumers that opt-in, until the Legislature determines differently, shall only have available a smart meter in configurations that do not require wireless deployment; such as deployment by telephone line or fiber optic. Persons who have had wireless smart meters installed may opt-out and the transmitting and receiving capability of their meters rendered inoperative or the meter replaced with an analogue meter at no charge to the consumer based on the preference of the consumer, who shall bear no added costs. Additionally, OCC shall promulgate rules that protect consumers and ratepayers who do not have or claim, and those who have or claim, a sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation. This includes denial of requested smart meters to persons where the installation and deployment would necessarily cause microwave radiation exposure to innocent persons wanting to opt-out, if such meter is wireless in deployment;

  6. The OCC is hereby directed to develop revisions to the Electric Usage Data Protection Act, Section 710.1 et seq. of Title 17 of the Oklahoma Statutes, to revise said legislation and remove the capability of the utility to have access to any information from the consumer except for what is necessary, in calculating gross consumption of the utilities services, to bill for the amount of the utility used by the consumer. The revised language is to make it clear that the consumer, not the utility, owns consumer information and any information that is unnecessary for billing may be released only for good and valuable consideration received by the consumer from the utility through a written agreement. Additionally, the utility may not sell the information, whether it identifies the consumer or not, nor may it aggregate the information to sell it, unless each individual consumer owner has given permission in writing to the utility. The OCC shall submit this new proposed rewrite of this act to the Legislature for promulgation within its rules sixty (60) days after adequate public hearings on the measure and consumer input have been received and actually considered by OCC, but in no case shall OCC exceed eighteen (18) months to resubmit to the Legislature. It is the intent of the Legislature that OCC shall adopt a position of protecting the health, safety, welfare and financial resources of the ratepayer and citizens of Oklahoma and any provision for error should be on the side of the ratepayers of Oklahoma for this section and all other related sections of Oklahoma law;

  7. The OCC shall

  8. new rules that shall prevent any utility from denying or suspending service to any consumer because of any disagreement with said utility as long as the consumer is paying for the amount of the utility used. Said rules shall make the utility responsible for any and all damages that may be sustained by the consumer, including attorney fees; and if the consumer can prove retaliation, willfulness, maliciousness, carelessness, indifference or negligence on the part of the utility, the Legislature hereby approves that a court of competent jurisdiction may apply triple damages in such cases along with automatic attorney fee awards. In addition, OCC shall adopt rules that allow consumers to make changes to the metering of their property if such changes are done in self-defense of health for themselves or other family members and the utility is advised beforehand and has not responded to the consumer’s need. OCC shall additionally incorporate into its present rules that the utility, in ignoring a ratepayer communication for any matter, denies the utility the use of any defenses it may have under current rules; and

  9. The OCC shall develop new rules for ratepayers and consumers that have disputes with utility actions. Said disputes shall not be allowed to be dismissed by a motion to dismiss from the utility. Every such dispute shall be given full due process, including an opportunity to be heard en banc before a tribunal of all three elected Commissioners, before final resolution, and all presumptions, if any, shall be in favor of the ratepayer. The elected Corporation Commissioners and staff of OCC are to take each ratepayer or consumer complaint as an opportunity to review the adequacy of the agency’s due process system, and there shall be no restraint on the right to be heard. If the rulings are not satisfactory to the ratepayer, they may be taken to district court for rehearing; however, appeal beyond the Commissioners shall remain to the Supreme Court, if appeal is desired instead of rehearing. The OCC is to understand by this legislation that they work for the consumers and citizens of the State of Oklahoma and not the utility. All district courts in Oklahoma shall have jurisdiction to hear such rehearings and the ratepayers shall qualify for damages and attorney fees with double damages from the OCC, and utility if warranted, should there be a due process violation involved.

SECTION 3. It being immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health or safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage and approval. 56-2-8849 MAH 01/15/18

National Security Council 5G Recommendation

By Ina Fried, Kim Hart, David McCabe; original AXIOS article here.

Note: View the photos of the slides/document shared with President Trump, in advance of his State of the Union address that will be on Jan 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm PT. For those who wish to listen to other points of view on the State of the life in America, then consider the live feed of the People’s State of the Union.

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Federal Takeover of Mid-Band 5G Wireless Network Raises Significant Issues

A Trump administration proposal to nationalize a portion of the nation’s wireless network in order to combat threats from China in 5G raises many technical, logistical and political concerns, including a fierce debate over the proper role of government in business.

The bottom line: The proposal calls for aggressive government involvement in the private wireless market, representing a significant shift in U.S. industrial policy that would hugely disrupt the business plans of America’s largest telecom and technology companies.

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FCC Broadband Progress Report

Original press release here

Fact Sheet On Draft 2018 Broadband Deployment Report

https://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2018/db0118/DOC-348770A2.pdf

Recognizing the importance of high-speed broadband Internet access, Congress in 1996 tasked the Federal Communications Commission with “encourag[ing] the deployment on a reasonable and timely basis of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans.” To ensure the Commission took this obligation seriously, Congress required the Commission to report on its progress each year.

Chairman Pai has circulated a draft 2018 Broadband Deployment Report to his colleagues and below are the key findings and additional information.

Topline Takeaways:

  • The 25/3 speed benchmark is maintained. The draft report finds that the current speed benchmark of 25 Mbps/3 Mbps remains an appropriate measure by which to assess whether a fixed service provides advanced telecommunications capability.

  • Mobile services are not full substitutes for fixed services — there are salient differences between the two technologies. Both fixed and mobile services can enable access to information, entertainment, and employment options, but there are salient differences between the two. Beyond the most obvious distinction that mobile services permit user mobility, there are clear variations in consumer preferences and demands for fixed and mobile services.

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Powerful Comments Opposing FCC Docket 17-84

One can read all the comments for this docket by following the following link, which unfortunately seems to not present all comments in order of receipt, but prioritizes comments from large companies and influential groups “above the fold”.

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-84&sort=date_disseminated,DESC


We Must Unite to Strike Down FCC Docket 17-84

"Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment
by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment"

Be sure not to miss this letter from Attorney Harry Lehmann, which supplements his collection of substantial letters which proved effective at helping to secure a veto from Gov. Jerry Brown for CA SB.649, The Cellphone-Towers-on-Light/Utility-Poles-in-Residential-Neighborhoods Bill.

The following is another powerful comment that uncovers why FCC Docket 17-84 is so wrong-headed and will not stand.


Original comment here.

Hello FCC,

Please include my comment in opposition to proceedings on the expediting and expansion of 4G/5G networking onto public right of way and poles, and the stand-down of copper-lines in both urban and rural areas .

I request that a 30-day extension to comments be granted on these proceedings, with a 30-day extension to replies on comments. Further, I request a moratorium on these and other expansion of 4G/5G networking policy recommendations by the FCC until such time that evidence can be shown that these two docket items, and expansions like them when implemented, can comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and 42 U.S.C 12101 et seq.

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FCC To Weaken Broadband Definition

by Karl Bode Jan 4th 2018 6:29am; Original article here

FCC Prepares To Weaken Broadband’s Definition To Hide Competitive and Coverage Issues


From the not-particularly-subtle dept . . .

Under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, the FCC is required to consistently measure whether broadband is being deployed to all Americans uniformly and "in a reasonable and timely fashion." If the FCC finds that broadband industry is failing at this task (you may have noticed that it is), the agency is required by law to "take immediate action to accelerate deployment of such capability by

  • Removing barriers to infrastructure investment" and
  • "Promoting competition in the telecommunications market."

Of course given that the Telecom sector is the poster child for regulatory capture, this mandate often gets intentionally lost in the weeds. This is usually accomplished by simply pretending the lack of competition doesn’t exist. Or worse, by meddling with broadband deployment metrics until the numbers show something decidedly different from the reality on the ground. It’s a major reason why broadband ISPs (and the lawmakers who love them) whine incessantly every time we try to update the definition of broadband to a more reasonable and modern metric.

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This is What No One Wants

New Verizon Antennas Generate Unwelcome Buzz in Santa Rosa, CA

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Trump Executive Order and Memo

Please read both the Order and Memo, below.

1. Presidential Executive Order on . . .

Link to original.

Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to promote better access to broadband internet service in rural America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. Americans need access to reliable, affordable broadband internet service to succeed in today’s information-driven, global economy. Currently, too many American citizens and businesses still lack access to this basic tool of modern economic connectivity. This problem is particularly acute in rural America, and it hinders the ability of rural American communities to increase economic prosperity; attract new businesses; enhance job growth; extend the reach of affordable, high-quality healthcare; enrich student learning with digital tools; and facilitate access to the digital marketplace.

It shall therefore be the policy of the executive branch to use all viable tools to accelerate the deployment and adoption of affordable, reliable, modern high-speed broadband connectivity in rural America, including rural homes, farms, small businesses, manufacturing and production sites, tribal communities, transportation systems, and healthcare and education facilities.

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Harvard Study of Municipal Broadband

by Karl Bode Jan 12 2018, 8:00am; original article here.

Harvard Study Shows Why Big Telecom Is Terrified of Community-Run Broadband

— Community-owned internet service providers are cheaper and better.

A new study out of Harvard once again makes it clear why incumbent ISPs like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T are so terrified by the idea of communities building their own broadband networks. According to the new study by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, community-owned broadband networks provide consumers with significantly lower rates than their private-sector counterparts.

The study examined data collected from 40 municipal broadband providers and private throughout 2015 and 2016. Pricing data was collected predominately by visiting carrier websites, where pricing is (quite intentionally) often hidden behind prequalification walls, since pricing varies dramatically based on regional competition.

In many markets, analysts couldn’t make direct comparisons with a private ISP, either because the ISP failed to meet the FCC’s 25 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up standard definition of broadband (a problem for countless telcos who refuse to upgrade aging DSL lines), or because the ISP prequalification website terms of service “deterred or prohibited” data collection.

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