Residents Need Clarity About Safety of RF Microwave Radiation Exposures From Small Cells

Adapted from a Ryan Barwick article from Mar 2, 2018 | Original Center for Public Integrity article here.

Cities Ask The US Government for Assurance of No Adverse Health Effects from Radio-Frequency Microwave Radiation exposures as close as 10 to 20 feet feet from homes — with no answers in sight.


In town halls and city council chambers across the country, local officials are facing the wrath of residents knowledgeable of the the obvious, significant harms to their health & safety, privacy and property values from the next wave of wireless communications planned for many communities. Even US Senators and Representatives wrote a letter to the FCC demanding that the FCC address its negligence:

"It is critical for the FCC to act on its March 7, 2013 Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Inquiry to ensure all individuals and especially those living in close proximity to the hundreds of thousands of small cell facilities to be deployed, are protected from radio-frequency radiation exposures.

Federal Communications Commission, "Reassessment of Fedeial Communications Commission Radio-frequency Exposure Limits and Policies; Proposed Changes in the Cornmission’s Rules Regarding Human Exposure to Radio-frequency Electromagnetic Fields," 28 FCC Rcd 3498 (4), https:/ 39A-I.pdf"

Residents know that the new extreme-density 4G and 5G technology scheme — which will require hundreds of thousands of so-called "small-cell" antennas placed throughout neighborhoods — could cause adverse health effects because the antennas, located sometimes just a couple dozen feet from houses, will bathe their communities in round-the-clock forced exposures RF Microwave Radiation exposures. Currently, there is no opt out and no way to turn these antennas off at night so the residents can sleep well in their own beds.

Local governments don’t have the legal authority to block the placement, construction and modification of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs) based on environmental health effects of RF Microwave Radiation exposures, but that does not absolve local governments from regulating the maximum power output or hours of operations of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs) because local governments have the authority and the duty to regulate the operations of WTFs to protect the health and safety of its residents.

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The Case for Verizon 5G

By Doug Dawson | Original Pots and Pans articles here.

Link to Part 1 — the Residential Broadband Scheme

Sept 4, 2018 — Ronan Dunne, an EVP and President of Verizon Wireless recently made Verizon’s case for aggressively pursuing 5G. This last article in the series looks at Verizon’s claim that they are going to use 5G to offer residential broadband. The company has tested the technology over the last year and announced plans to soon introduce the technology into a number of cities.

I’ve been reading everything I can about Verizon and I think I finally figured out what they are up to. They have been saying that within a few years that they will make fixed wireless 5G broadband service available to millions of homes. One of the first cities they will be building is Sacramento. It’s clear that in order to offer fast speeds that each 5G transmitter will have to be fed by fiber. To cover all neighborhoods in Sacramento would require building a lot of new fiber. Building new fiber is both expensive and time-consuming. It’s still a head-scratcher for how this might work in neighborhoods without poles where other utilities are underground.

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AT&T Will Put a Fake 5G Logo on 4G LTE phones

By Jacob Kastrenakes, Dec 21, 2018 | Original The Verge article here.

AT&T customers will start to see a 5G logo appear in the corner of their smartphone next year — not because they’re using a 5G phone connected to a 5G network, but because AT&T is going to start pretending its most advanced 4G LTE tech is 5G.

According to FierceWireless, AT&T will display an icon reading “5G E” on newer phones that are connected to LTE in markets where the carrier has deployed a handful of speed boosting — but still definitively 4G — technologies. The “E,” displayed smaller than the rest of the logo, refers to “5G Evolution,” the carrier’s term for networks that aren’t quite 5G but are still faster than traditional LTE.

If this sounds sadly familiar, it’s because AT&T pulled this exact same stunt during the transition to LTE. The company rolled out a speed-boosting 3G tech called HSPA+, then got all of its phone partners — even Apple! — to show a “4G” logo when on that kind of connection.

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AT&T 5G Goes Live This Week

. . . with a ridiculously overpowered hotspot: a Snapdragon 855 in a mobile hotspot!

By Ron Amadeo , Dec 20, 2018 | Original ARS Technica article here.

The era of 5G mobile networks is quickly approaching, and while there isn’t any smartphone out yet sporting the new network connectivity, AT&T says that "select" early adopters will soon be able to jump on AT&T’s mobile 5G mmWave service with a mobile hotspot. AT&T’s 5G service kicks in on December 21 in some cities, which AT&T says makes it "the first and only company in the US to offer a mobile 5G device over a commercial, standards-based mobile 5G network."

The hotspot hardware is a "Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot," which Netgear is calling the "first standards-based mobile 5G device in the world." Netgear’s 5G hotspot comes in at a pricey $499 and sounds ridiculously overbuilt. Despite being a mobile router/modem that has very little to do computationally, the Nighthawk is packing one of the newest, fastest SoC’s on Earth, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC.

This is something we’re expecting to see inside all the high-end Android smartphones of 2019, so packing it into a modem that won’t run any apps or games seems a little extreme. As a "5G" mmWave device, the Nighthawk 5G comes with Qualcomm’s X50 mmWave modem, and, since this modem was developed alongside the Snapdragon 855, it seems like, if you want a mmWave modem right now, you also need Qualcomm’s highest-end SoC. That leads to this very overpowered hotspot, which makes it significantly bigger than the more mature 4G hardware that Qualcomm has been refining for years. We don’t have any official specs or size measurements, but the Nighthawk 5G hotspot definitely looks huge — it’s a big, bulky black box with a tiny screen in the center. The touchscreen gives you access to a basic OS for things like setting up Wi-Fi, viewing data limits, and reading messages.

As for the network, AT&T is annoyingly muddying the waters with its 5G branding.

  1. It’s going to start calling its existing 4G LTE network "5G E" where the "E" stands for "evolution."
  2. Its real 5G network, the mmWave one, will be called "5G+," referencing the higher frequency of a mmWave network.

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AT&T’s 5G Network is Live in Some Cities and at a High Price

It’ll cost $500 for the 5G-capabe modem/router and then $70 a month, data-capped at 15GB per month. Oh, Boy . . . .

Adapted from an article by Stephen Shankland, Dec 18, 2018 | Original CNET article here.

If you live in one of a dozen US cities, you can tap into AT&T’s 5G network this week, but why would you, really?

The carrier, participating in some contrived "Race to 5G" with Verizon and other network operators to move to the next-gen wireless technology, is turning on its network on Tue Dec 18. Until 5G phones arrive in the first half of 2019, however, it’ll only be useful with Netgear’s $500 Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot, a portable device that creates its own Wi-Fi network so you can link phones, laptops and tablets via W-Fi to the 5G signals beaming to and from to the Netgear Nighthawk modem/router.

AT&T’s 5G network will work in parts of (key emphasis is "parts of") . . .

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Charlotte, NC
  3. Dallas, TX
  4. Houston, TX
  5. Indianapolis, IN
  6. Jacksonville, FL
  7. Louisville, KY
  8. Oklahoma City, OK
  9. New Orleans, LA
  10. Raleigh, MC
  11. San Antonio, TX
  12. Waco, TX

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Manhole Covers Can Serve as 4G and 5G Antennas

Manhole antenna solution offers glimpse into 5G strategies for signal propagation

By Dexter Johnson, Dec 18, 2018 | Original IEEE Spectrum article here.

The inconvenient truth of future 5G networks is that their increased high-speed bandwidth, and the use of the millimeter wave spectrum (the radio spectrum above 30 gigahertz) to achieve it, comes at a price: Those radio signals barely propagate around the corners of buildings.

S4WT Comment: Really? Then why does Verizon claim that their 28 GHz and 39 GHz 5G radio signals go 2,000 to 3,000 feet, even through foliage? Who is not telling the truth?

Verizon: Millimeter Waves Go 3,000 Feet

To overcome this issue, the strategy has been a combination of small cells with massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antennas to increase coverage. Small cell deployment will be so extensive that the Small Cell Forum predicts 5G small cell will overtake 4G small cells by 2024. The Forum predicts that total installed base of 5G or multimode small cells will reach 13.1 million by 2025, constituting more than one-third of the total small cells in use.

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FCC Commissioner O’Rielly Keeps On Going

. . . Claiming, With Zero Evidence, That Community Broadband Is An Ominous Threat To Free Speech

by Karl Bode, Dec 17, 2018 | Original Tech Dirt article here.

. . . from the Misdirection Department . . .

So back in October, we noted how FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly attended an event where he falsely claimed that towns and cities that decide to build their own broadband networks (usually due to market failure) were somehow engaged in an "ominous" assault on free speech. The only "evidence" O’Rielly provided was that community ISPs include language in their terms of service preventing users from being hateful shits online, the same exact language you’ll find in the terms-of-service from any number of private ISPs, from Comcast to AT&T.

There’s absolutely no evidence that any of the 750 towns and cities that have tinkered with this idea ever trampled anybody’s free speech rights.

Yet after being criticized by several press outlets (including this one), O’Rielly apparently decided his best bet would be to . . . double down on his false claims.

In a new blog post over at the FCC website, O’Rielly again tries to insist that community broadband is a giant threat to free speech, but this time he attempts to vastly expand his argument in a bid to make it sound more logical. The tap dancing around his lack of evidence in his original claim is particularly amusing:

Bizarrely, my critics further responded that I had failed to provide historical “evidence” of First Amendment mischief by muni networks. Perhaps they were confused about how a constitutional violation works. A state action or law can violate the First Amendment as applied or on its face. In the case of the latter, the law or act is always unconstitutional, and in the case of the former, it is only unconstitutional to the extent of a particular application. My argument was not based on as-applied historical instances of censorship, but on facial grounds. That is, certain terms in the muni broadband codes I cited facially violate the First Amendment.

That’s a misdirection and a dodge, though putting evidence in quotes is a nice touch.

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American Telecom is Mired in a Toxic Swamp

by Bruce Kushnick, Dec 17, 2018 | Original Medium article here



Some of the most hated companies in America are the ISPs, wireless and cable companies, which include AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and Charter (Spectrum). However, in 2018, America also has the distinction of having the most expensive, excessive wireless gigabyte prices in the world. In fact, with the made-up fees and surcharges (that are revenues to the companies or taxes on the companies that are passed through to you) the price of almost all communications services in America continues to rise, even though the FCC claims that there is competition.

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Investigate FCC Accounting Rule Scandal Before Rules Get Erased

by Bruce Kushnick, May 31, 2017 | Original Huffington Post article here

The following images is a snapshot of the FCC’s Big Freeze Accounting Scandal.


NOTE: On May 24th, 2017, the IRREGULATORS filed comments with the FCC and the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations to investigate the current FCC accounting scandal. Click for the complete filing or read the summary below.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s agenda as told by an interview with Re/Code, May 5th, 2017, is to use a weed-whacker to remove the accounting rules.


“In the early days, you had said that you wanted to take a weed-whacker to remove the rules that are holding back investment. What did you mean by that?

Ajit Pai:

“What I had in mind were some of the regulations that we’ve had on the books for a while that stand in the way of investment in networks. Our Part 32 accounting rules — exceedingly boring, I recognize — but just the fact that companies have to maintain two different sets of books, literally one for their business and one for the FCC’s purposes, and the FCC hadn’t relied on any of that paperwork in years. I asked our staff, ‘When was the last time you looked at these reports?’ They said, ‘Pretty much never.’ We wanted to relieve some of those. Those are the kinds of regulations I had in mind because I want every dollar that a company has to be spent on building out networks, not on paperwork or regulatory requirements that aren’t relevant in 2017, whatever relevance they might’ve had back in 1934 or 1996 or 2015 or whatever.” (Emphasis added.)

In fact, the FCC is wasting no time in whacking those weeds, as there have been at least four separate proceedings, two ongoing, to erase any remaining FCC rules or obligations on the companies, AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink, who control the state utilities as well as the essential infrastructure for wireless.

And then there is the FCC’s “Big Freeze” scandal.

Above is a snapshot of how the FCC’s negligence (failing to examine the impacts of its own rules, “pretty much never”) has caused multiple financial harms. In 2001, the FCC imposed rules and then never examined their impacts for over 16 years.

This created a massive financial shell game that has overcharged customers billions per state.

  • The top blue line is flat and shows that from 2003 to 2014, Verizon NY’s local service networks paid the majority, about 60%, of the total “Corporate Operations” expenses (i.e.; expenses for the corporate jet fleet or even the lobbyists and the lawyers that defend removing net neutrality, for example).

  • Based on local service revenues, (the pink line), which has been in decline, over $840 million was overcharged in just one year, 2014. The same thing has been happening in every state for over a decade. We will discuss this chart in a moment.

The FCC’s plan is not to fix the impacts that its misguided federal regulations have had on customers or cities or states, but to erase and therefore immortalize the overcharging and harms, while having the government help and protect the incumbent phone companies that control the wires: Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink.

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