Take Actions to Oppose Recent FCC Orders & Federal Bills S.3157 et al.

Link to Call To Action to Stop the Densified 4G/5G Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antenna –
Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (CPMRA-WTFs) Rollout

Martin Niemöller (1892 to 1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for his famous quotation about the Nazis:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

Americans for Responsible Technology Jan 2019 Update

Adapted from a Jan 12, 2018 ART update by Doug and Patti Wood.

Dear friends and colleagues,

2018 was a year of great challenge, of learning, of success and of disappointment, as we pushed back against the "Race to Install Extreme Density 4G and 5G Infrastructure" into our communities. The rush to deploy hundreds of thousands of new 4G and 5G wireless antennas in neighborhoods across the country is misguided and unnecessary, as Verizon admitted in 2018, since 5G antennas can be collocated in Macro Cell Towers, instead of on utility and light poles in our neighborhoods.


Verizon: Millimeter Waves Go 3,000 Feet

Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon:

"When [Verizon] went out in these 11 [5G test] markets, we tested for well over a year, so we could see every part of foliage and every storm that went through. We have now busted the myth that [5G frequencies] have to be line-of-sight — they do not. We busted the myth that foliage will shut [5G] down . . . that does not happen. And the 200 feet from a home? We are now designing the network for over 2,000 feet from transmitter to receiver.


As we enter 2019, we are optimistic that despite the power and size of the Telecom industry, our clear message is getting through to the public and to our legislators: no one wants a cell phone tower — of any size — next to their home.

We are grateful to the scientists and researchers around the world on whose work we depend. We appreciate their courage and persistence in seeking and reporting the truth. We also appreciate all who give valuable time to this important effort to protect our privacy, property values, environment, health and safety.

In 2018, we have seen magazine articles and online articles that extol the virtues of new technology also include statements about the accompanying adverse health impacts of Radio-frequency Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation (RF-EMR) exposures.

So we face the new year with a degree of hope, with a renewed sense of purpose, and a promise to do everything we can to ensure that 2019 will see a fundamental change in public understanding of wireless technology and its place in our society.

Please read on to see our plans, and let us know how we can help you.

— The Grassroots Team


Sample Municipal Wireless Code

We are very pleased to announce the availability of a new sample municipal code for towns, villages and small cities facing requests for the placement of small cell infrastructure in public rights-of-way.

Many municipalities do not currently have any code on the books to deal with this new technology – their code was written for macro cell towers and other Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs). These unprepared cities are at the mercy of wireless providers or contractors who are, as you can imagine, only too happy to provide their own model code to suit the purposes of the wireless providers.

This new document is a work in progress, and includes some of the best, most protective ideas we’ve found after reviewing codes from dozens of cities and towns around the country.

We’ll keep updating the document as the situation changes. Please feel free to share this with your own local officials.

You can access the model code here.

Social media is not the only way to reach new audiences, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. We’re doing a lot of posting these days with three target markets in mind (see below), and you can help by

  1. Reposting and sharing with friends, family, neighbors and other contacts

  2. Requesting photos or other materials from us and making your own posts.

We’re here to help you!

ART Social Media Strategy

  1. Property values will be reduced due to of 4G and 5G installations near homes. If you have family or friends in the real estate business, please find and share our posts about the dropping real estate values to decline significantly when a 4G or 5G antennas are installed within 500 feet of a home.

  2. Proven adverse health problems from chronic, low-level exposure to Radio-frequency Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation (RF-EMR) . If you know parents of young children, please find and share our posts on the known risks of chronic low-level exposures, especially for vulnerable populations: children, pregnant women, the elderly, the immuno-compromised or Electromagnetic Sensitive (EMS) people.

  3. Privacy will be harmed. If you know someone who is wary of industry or government intrusion into our lives, please watch for our posts on the astounding surveillance capabilities created by a network of wireless antennas in neighborhoods across America.

Some of our social media outreach will be accomplished using paid promotion using your contributions and those of our very generous funders, but without question the most effective and influential method is peer-to-peer. This is how grassroots movements happen.

Find all of our Facebook posts here. For other ideas and materials to share, please see the new Tool Kit located on our TelecomPowerGrab website.

Congressional Leaders Take a Stand on 5G

Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo have helped move the ball forward with their [December 3rd letter]((http://scientists4wiredtech.com/2018/12/sen-blumenthal-and-rep-eshoo-5g-safety-letter-to-fcc/) to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, demanding to know the basis for his public statement that the FCC has determined that 5G technology is safe.

Carr’s comments came at a field meeting of the Senate Commerce Committee in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. home state of Committee Chair John Thune. In response to a question by Sioux Falls Mayor Paul Tenhaken, Carr stated

"Both at the FCC and other expert health agencies in Washington, they stay very much up to speed on these issues and have reached the determination that these are safe."

Carr’s statements are in stark contrast to the recent study by the National Toxicology Program of the NIH, which found "clear evidence of cancer" in lab animals exposed to wireless radiation, according to an expert panel which reviewed the study’s findings.


What You Can Do

Only our elected representatives in Washington can change the course of the 4G and 5G build-out over the next few years, and it’s important that we keep telling them why you don’t want a cell tower near your home. While there are many ways to approach this issue, here are the three current "asks" for our own legislative effort in Washington:

  1. Please join Sen. Blumenthal and Rep. Eshoo by writing to the FCC and demanding the evidence on which Commissioner Carr’s claims of 5G’s safety are based.

  2. Demand to know why the FCC has not responded Sen. Blumenthal and Rep. Eshoo’s Dec 3 letter and why the FCC has not updated its long out-of-date RF-EMR human exposure guidelines to consider biological effects, not just thermal (heating) effects.

  3. Oppose Telecom Bills or FCC Regulations that streamline installation of Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRAs), aka so-called "Small Cells", in residential zones, including

    • The FCC Wireless Infrastructure Order, WT Docket 17-79

    • Streamline Small Cell Deployment Act, S.3157

    • The Radiofrequency Radiation Site Safety Information Act, HR.7236

Getting your message across to busy legislators isn’t hard, but it takes a bit of planning. If you haven’t had a lot of experience lobbying, please download and read our short but important fact sheet: Basics of Successful Lobbying.

Californians Stood Up to Protect Their Rights.

SB 649 was opposed by over300 California Cities, a majority of California Counite and many government associations representing over 95% of the residentg sof California who knew that they were being taken for a ride. It was also opposed by the AARP and the Teamsters. It took the vision and courage of Governor Jerry Brown to VETO this horrible bill, and all local governments and their citizens in this Golden State thank him for his leadership and courage to buck the will of the Wireless industry!

10/15/17 Veto of CA SB.649

Govern Brown’s Veto Message included the following:

“I believe that the interest which localities have in managing the rights of way requires a more balanced solution than the one achieved in this bill.”

9/14/17 CA Senate Concurrence on CA SB.649

All time codes, below, are from the California Channel Video called 9/14/17 Senate Floor Session

9/13/17 First SB.649 Vote, around 11:20 am (21 Ayes needed to pass)
  • 1:19:00: Sen. Jackson — "File Item 167 on the First Supplemental File, Senate Bill 649"
  • 1:19:15: Sen. Heuso — "SB 649 is back for Concurrence . . ."
  • 1:21:21: Sen. Nielsen — "I rise in support . . ."
  • 1:22:54: Sen. Anderson — question for the author re: local – jurisdiction/authority
  • 1:26:29: Sen. Gaines — question for the author re: local jurisdiction/authority
  • 1:31:01: Sen. Jackson — "Please call the roll."
  • 1:32:15: 18 for vs. 22 against = 3 Noes + 19 Not Voting
  • 1:32:23: Sen. Jackson — ‘Senator Hueso moves a call’

. . . other bills are considered for 2 1/2 hours

9/13/17 First SB.649 Vote, around 3:00 pm (21 Ayes needed to pass)
  • 4:02:56: Sen. Jackson: "Moving to File Item 167, Senator Hueso is requesting that we lift the call on File Item 167. Mr. Secretary, please call the absent members."
  • 4:04:05 22 for vs. 18 against = 10 Noes + 8 Not Voting
  • 4:04:10 Sen. Jackson: "The measure passes."

9/13/17 CA Assembly Vote on CA SB.649

All time codes, below, are from the California Channel Video called 9/13/17 (Post Recess) Assembly Floor Session

9/13/17 First SB.649 Vote, around 3:00 pm (41 Ayes needed to pass)
  • 1:25:10: SB.649 Presentation
  • 1:31:08: Open the roll call vote

. . . voting continues for 2 minutes, 16 seconds

  • 1:33:24: 33 for vs. 46 against = 11 Noes + 35 Not Voting
  • 1:33:25: Quirk asks to ‘move’ the vote (not let the vote finalize)

. . . other bills are considered for 45 minutes

9/13/17 Second SB.649 Vote, around 4:00 pm (41 Ayes needed to pass)
  • 2:20:13: Quirk moves to bring SB.649 off of call
  • 2:20:19: 31 for vs. 48 against

. . . voting continues for 42 seconds

  • 2:21:01: 38 for vs. 41 against
  • 2:21:02: 39 for vs. 40 against
  • 2:21:06: 40 for vs. 39 against
  • 2:21:08: 42 for vs. 37 against
  • 2:21:08 Announcement: ‘The Clerk will close the rolls and tally the vote (the measure passes)’
  • 2:21:09: Clerk announces the vote at 43 for vs. 36 against = 13 Noes + 23 Not Voting