Why the Landline Phone Will Never Go Away

By Paul Schrodt | July 5, 2018 1:43 p.m. ET | Original article here.

Once thought doomed, landline phones are answering the call of people who are sick of mobiles’ spotty service—and the constant pinging distractions of texts and alerts.

THE PIERCING RING of a home phone used to command respect. “That’s how I was raised: When the phone rings, you hop to it,” I heard my mom say recently as we chatted on my new landline phone. She finally got rid of her hard-wired phone because she couldn’t stop herself from answering it, even after it had primarily become a conduit for robotic telemarketing and fraud.

Despite its demotion to a means of harassment, though, the landline refuses to die. According to a 2017 U.S. government survey, about 44% of households still own traditional phones, down from 53% three years before—but still much higher than, say, the share of those buying vinyl records, another cultish throwback.

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FCC Asks DC Circuit To Pause Small Cell Rule Challenges

by Adam Lidgett, Law360, July 3, 2018; additional reporting by Bryan Koenig, Kelcee Griffis and Andrew Westney. Editing by Adam LoBelia. | Original article here.

The Federal Communications Commission asked the D.C. Circuit to put on hold combined challenges from Native American tribes and environmentalists to an agency rule exempting from environmental and historic reviews small-cell fixtures necessary for building up next-generation or 5G networks.

The FCC on Monday asked the court to hold in abeyance the consolidated cases challenging a decision to exclude various small wireless fixtures from reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act. The agency said it received petitions from various entities asking it to administratively rethink the decision at issue, and that an action on reconsideration might be able to “narrow or further crystallize the scope of the issues that the court will need to review.”

“With the exception of one petition, all of these pending petitions for reconsideration raise at least one of the two principal questions presented by the petitions for review by this court, namely, whether the commission erred in concluding that small wireless facility deployments are exempt from NHPA and NEPA review, and whether the commission adequately consulted with Indian tribes,” the FCC said. “(Some of the petitions also ask the commission to address other issues, such as whether harms associated with radio frequency radiation provide a basis for the agency to reconsider its decision.)”

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Wi-Fi is an Important Threat to Human Health

by Martin L. Pall, PhD, Environmental Research Volume 164, July 2018, Pages 405-416 | Original paper here.

Repeated Wi-Fi studies show that Wi-Fi causes the following seven effects

  • Oxidative stress,
  • Sperm/testicular damage,
  • Neuropsychiatric effects, including EEG changes,
  • Apoptosis (premature cell death),
  • Cellular DNA damage,
  • Endocrine changes, and
  • Calcium overload

There are seven repeatedly found Wi-Fi effects which have also been shown to be caused by other similar Radio-frequency Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation (RF-EMR) exposures. Each of the seven should be considered, therefore, as established effects of Wi-Fi RF-EMR exposures. Each of these effects are also caused by exposures to other RF-EMR, with each such effect being documented in 10 to 16 reviews. Therefore, each of these seven RF-EMR effects are established effects of Wi-Fi and of other sources of RF-EMR.

Five properties of Non-thermal RF-EMR effects (occurring at RF-EMR levels many thousands of times lower than FCC RF-EMR exposure guidelines) are discussed:

  1. Pulsed, data-modulated, Radio-frequency Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation is, in most cases, more active than are non-pulsed RF-EMR;
  2. Artificial, manmade RF-EMR is polarized and such polarized RF-EMR is much more active than non-polarized RF-EMR;
  3. Dose response curves are non-linear and non-monotone;
  4. RF-EMR effects are often cumulative; and
  5. RF-EMR exposures may impact young people more than adults.

These general findings and data presented earlier on Wi-Fi effects were used to assess the Foster and Moulder (F&M) review of Wi-Fi. The F&M study claimed that there were seven important studies of Wi-Fi that each showed no effect. However, none of these were Wi-Fi studies, with each differing from genuine Wi-Fi in distinct ways.

  • F&M could, at most, conclude that there was no statistically significant evidence of an effect. The tiny numbers studied in each of these seven F&M-linked studies show that each of them lack statistical power to make any substantive conclusions.

  • It follows from these various findings that the placement of Wi-Fi into schools around the country may well be a high level threat to the health of our children as well being a threat to teachers and any very sensitive fetuses teachers may be carrying, as well.

  • In conclusion, there are seven repeatedly found Wi-Fi effects which have also been shown to be caused by other similar RF-EMR exposures. Each of the seven should be considered, therefore, as established effects of Wi-Fi.

T-Mobile and Sprint at Senate Hearing

by Dan Jones, Mobile Editor 6/28/2018 | Original article here.

T-Mobile’s CEO and Sprint’s executive chairman banged the drum for their 5G plans in a lengthy hearing before a Senate Committee Wednesday: Game of Phones: Examining the Competitive Impact of the T-Mobile – Sprint Transaction

"We’ll make sure that America wins the global 5G race," T-Mobile US Inc. CEO John Legere told the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. The $26.5 billion merger is expected to close in the first half of 2019, if approved by regulators. (Link to "T-Mobile to Buy Sprint for $26.5B to Create US 5G Powerhouse".)

Legere and Sprint Corp. executive chairman Marcelo Claure talked frequently about the 5G issue and especially the spectrum needed to deploy it. (Link to "Can the ‘New’ T-Mobile Make America’s Networks Great Again?")

In particular, the pair referred to the 600MHz and 2.5GHz bands that the operators will begin to use for 5G in 2019, if the merger is approved. "It’s a starting point," Claure, although said they would look to add more millimeter wave high-band spectrum as it gets auctioned.

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Jon Stewart to Donald Trump

Stewart: What President Lincoln said in his Cooper Union speech was to point out the one thing southern slaveholders really wanted for the Union states.

"This and only this. cease to call slavery wrong, and join them in calling it right."

It was on this point that Lincoln said that the Union could not bend.

What Donald Trump wants is for us to stop calling his cruelty, fear and divisiveness wrong, but to join him in calling it right.

This we cannot do . . . and by not yielding, we will prevail.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

28-year old Democratic NY District 14 Primary Election Winner for US House, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez:

“I don’t think Trump knows how to deal with a girl From the Bronx.”


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A 28-Year-Old Democratic Giant Slayer:

“In a stunning upset Tuesday night that ignited the New York and national political worlds, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a Bronx-born community organizer, defeated Representative Joseph Crowley, a 19-year incumbent and Queens political stalwart who had not faced a primary challenger in 14 years.”

NTP Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer

Mon, June 25, 2018 | Original article here.

Link to National Toxicology Program: Peer & public review of cell phone radiation study reports

Scientific Advisory Board Updates of NTP Cell Phone Radiation Studies

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) cell phone radiation studies were discussed at the NTP’s Board of Scientific Counselors Meeting on June 20, 2018. Two scientists from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Drs. Chad Blystone and Michael Wyde, made presentations to the Board.

Dr. Blystone presented a summary of the peer review of the cell phone radiation studies conducted by the NTP.

“There was robust discussion by the Peer Review Panels on the exposure system and NTP’s draft scientific interpretations. The Panel recommended increasing the NTP’s level of evidence calls regarding the heart in male and female rats, adrenal gland in male rats (GSM only), and the brain (gliomas) in male rats of both modulations.

The Panel’s comments on the draft interpretations will be captured in the peer review report, which will be posted with other meeting materials when completed. NTP will carefully consider the Panel’s recommendations when finalizing these technical reports, which will be published on the NTP website in fall 2018 at https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/36144.”


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Verizon Will Deploy 5G in Four Markets in 2018

Los Angeles is the second city Verizon has identified as part of its four market 5G deployment plans, Sacramento, CA was the first. Verizon is being coy about the other two 5G deployment markets for 2018, but I have made some educated guesses, below.

First, there was a list of 11 Verizon test markets, announced in 2017.

2017 Verizon 5G Test Markets

  1. Ann Arbor, MI
  2. Atlanta, GA — a 2018 Verizon 5G deployment market best guess
  3. Bernardsville, NJ
  4. Brockton, MA — a 2018 Verizon 5G deployment market best guess
  5. Dallas, TX
  6. Denver, CO
  7. Houston, TX
  8. Miami, FL
  9. Sacramento, CA — announced as 2018 Verizon 5G deployment market
  10. Seattle, WA
  11. Washington, DC

Now there is a list of four 2018 Verizon 5G projected deployment markets.

2018 Verizon 5G Projected Deployment Markets

  1. Sacramento, California — announced as 2018 Verizon 5G deployment market
  2. Los Angeles, California — announced as 2018 Verizon 5G deployment market
  3. Atlanta, GA — best guess (see this)
  4. Boston, MA — best guess (see below)

Divining the Verizon Tea Leaves

The following video June 25, 2018 C-NBC interview with Verizon Chairman and CEO, confirms the news from six weeks ago and confirms Verzon’s intention to deploy 5G to four markets in 2018:

05.15.2018 — Verizon Chairman & CEO Lowell McAdam names Los Angeles as 2018 5G market

In April, 2018, Verizon CFO Matthew Ellis reiterated the company’s previous announcements about launching 5G in three to five cities by the end of this year. Sacramento [at that time was] the only city that has been named for the initial rollout, of the 11 cities where the technology has been tested.

"5G mobility will be initially very much heavily focused on urban areas, and we have the assets in place there, and we will be ready to launch that as soon as the [original equipment manufacturers] have handsets available with 5G chipsets in them," Ellis said.

AT&T and Verizon: Aim to Keep the Benefits of a State Telecom Utility, But Shed Any of the Obligations

While AT&T and Verizon expand their Wireless footprints, they get to keep all the State Telecom Utility benefits, including access to the rights-of-way. They are charging all wired customers, and competitors for the Wireless build out and the majority of all Wireless expenses. The FCC’s plan to cede large chunks of the remaining wireless spectrum to AT&T and Verizon is tied to dismantling the State Telecom Utilities and handing over the publicly-funded Wireline copper and fiber-optic networks to their Wireless division for private use.

The Telecom companies plans to block all competition by denying access to the networks in multiple ways, is already underway. Verizon even has a deal with the cable companies to ‘collude’ by allowing them to rent the networks or bundle Verizon Wireless in areas Verizon never upgraded.

This is all made possible by the FCC and the State Telecom Utility Commissions erasing any pesky accounting rules, the state or city laws that might conflict with the plan, or blocking municipalities from upgrading in places the telcos should have upgraded years ago, but never did.

To smooth this takeover — they also had get rid of Net Neutrality so they can control the wires and give their own subsidiaries all of the advantages. With privacy gone, you sign away your rights to let them follow you, advertise to you, track you (and your friends) and then sell the data or give it to their own affiliate companies. Finally, they took away your ability to take them to court — you must arbitrate, which limits their risk.

Boston: Fiber to the BS

In April 2016, Verizon told Boston it was going to be spending $300 million to deploy FiOS, their wireline Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP) service, to the entire city over the next six years. Unfortunately, what Verizon’s CEO told investors on September 13th, 2017, shows it has deceived the citizens of Boston and harmed Massachusetts.

Lowell McAdam, CEO Verizon Communications, speaking at the Goldman, Sachs 26th Communacopia Conference on September 13th, 2017 stated it will be substituting wireless for fiber-optic to the home (commonly called “the last mile”). And they are doing this throughout the East Coast.

Lowell McAdam, Verizon Communications CEO:

“Well, I think that’s where 5G and over-the-top come in because even in the markets where we have our FiOS footprint from Washington to Boston, the preferred method, the preferred architecture for us is going to be that last mile being 5G. So whether we offer a linear package or we offer an over-the-top package, look, the numbers all show that over-the-top is gaining ground and the 300 channel bundle is under a solitaire. (typo) So I may have been premature when I was up here a couple of years ago saying that but I still see it that way and I think the point for our investors is, we’re building the network that doesn’t care. If you can get broadband I don’t care whether the customer goes over-the-top or buys a linear package, and we’ll be able to provide either one to him."

Top 11 Facts About the Boston Boondoggle:

  1. Verizon announced a FiOS FTTP upgrade of Boston in April 2016, not a wireless upgrade.
  2. FiOS is FTTP, Fiber To The Premises, (i.e.; residential and small business locations)
  3. Verizon’s testimony, including legal counsel, said fiber is directly connected to homes
  4. Verizon claims it will be doing this in sections, starting with Dorchester.
  5. Verizon already upgraded Dorchester to fiber in 2006, 11 years ago.
  6. The franchise is for FTTP, not for wireless.
  7. Verizon claims that this is an upgrade of the state utility existing wireline network, and “Title II”. Wireless is illegally being funded through this cross-subsidy.
  8. Verizon claims wireless is cheaper to deploy.
  9. Wireless is cheaper mainly because most of the expenses are paid for by the wireline utility—and local phone customers.
  10. Verizon has been cross subsidizing their wireless business for years; almost $1 billion from 2010-2012 alone.
  11. Verizon was supposed to have upgraded Boston to fiber in 1995, 22 years ago.

Landmark NCUC Smart Meter Decision



DOCKET NO. E-7, SUB 1115

DOCKET NO. E-100, SUB 147

DOCKET NO. E-100, SUB 153

On June 22, 2018, the North Carolina Utilities Commission issued an "ORDER APPROVING MANUALLY READ METER RIDER WITH MODIFICATIONS…" stating those with a notarized statement from a medical physician can opt-out of using a DEC (Duke Energy Carolinas) radio frequency emitting meter without penalty, either a one time or monthly charge.

Page 14:

"While DEC’s smart meter technology meets current FCC standards, the Commission believes it is inappropriate to require customers who maintain that they need to avoid exposure to RF emissions to the extent possible to protect their health to pay DEC’s proposed smart meter opt-out charges. Therefore, the Commission will require DEC to amend its Rider MRM to remove the customer charges for those customers who provide the Company with a notarized statement from a medical physician licensed by the North Carolina Medical Board that the customer must avoid exposure to RF emissions to the extent possible to protect their health. Upon receipt of such statement, the Company shall waive both the one-time and the monthly fees under Rider MRM."

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National Resources Defense Council vs. the FCC

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a lawsuit against the FCC on May 14, 2018. NRDC is challenging the legality of the FCC’s March 30, 2018 order exempting "small wireless facilities" from environmental review.

In order for NRDC to have standing to challenging the FCC’s ruling, the NRDC needs statements from its members about the harm to them of densified 4G/5G technology. The NRDC lawyers have asked me to forward this request to my email lists:

"Please share the following email address to help us identify NRDC members who might be interested in providing a statement regarding the harm from 4G/5G technology and siting of the so-called small wireless cells needed to deploy it. Such statements are necessary to give us standing to sue the FCC in court and invalidate the Commission’s recent action. Ideally, the individuals will need to identify specific existing, proposed or reasonably foreseeable facilities that affect where they live, go to school or areas/ communities to which they have a regular connection."

  • Statements should be emailed to nrdcinfo@nrdc.org.

  • Reference Case No. 18-1135 in the subject line of your email.

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