Thousand Oaks Law Suit Likely After Macro Tower Cell Site Approval

Appeal at this location was denied by narrow 3-2 vote on Tue Jan 14, 2020

Adapted from an article by Becca Whitnall Jan 23, 2020 | Original Thousand Oaks Acorn article here

Verizon has proposed putting 12 antennas at a water tower in North Ranch. The planning commission approved the installation last year but there was an appeal, which the City Council denied.

Verizon has proposed putting 12 antennas at a water tower in North Ranch. The planning commission approved the installation last year but there was an appeal, which the City Council denied. A group of North Ranch homeowners that provided substantial evidence in the public record while the Appeal or a wireless communications facility in their neighborhood should have been granted, essentially exhausted their final remedy.

The Thousand Oaks City Council voted 3-2 last week to deny a request to overturn a planning commission ruling in favor of the installation, which will share space with an existing water tank on Sunnyhill Street surrounded by multi-million-dollar homes.

  • Voting in favor: Councilmembers Bob Engler, Al Adam and Ed Jones;
  • Voting against: Councilmembers Rob McCoy and Claudia Bill-de la Peña.

Dr. Greg Tchejeyan, a local orthopedic surgeon whose home sits about 180 feet from the tank, has been leading the opposition against the 12-antenna, 36,000 Watt Effective Radiated Power (ERP) Wireless Telecommunications Facility (WTF). Tchejeyan did not respond to attempts to reach him for comment, however, his attorney, Harry Lehman, indicated at the hearing that his client would consider litigation.

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Robert Kennedy, Jr. Assembles Legal Team to Sue FCC over Wireless Health Guidelines

Original post here.


Robert Kennedy Jr. Assembles Legal Team to Sue FCC – The team includes RFK, Jr., IRREGULATORs’ Attorney Scott W. McCollough & Dafna Tachover

Robert Kennedy, Jr., Chairman of Children’s Health Defense (CHD) has committed to be proactive on the evidence regarding excessive exposure of children to Densified 4G/5G wireless radiation. To fulfill this promise, CHD will be submitting a lawsuit on February 3rd against the FCC for its December 4, 2019 decision to decline to review its 1996 guidelines, and for its determination that the guidelines are protective of human health.

The Dec. 4 determination provides a rare opportunity to sue the FCC and expose its disregard for public health that has been causing so many injuries and deaths, including among children. We will be representing the many children who have been injured. This is the opportunity we have been waiting for; a successful lawsuit on this will be a game changer.

We need your help to raise $100,000 to fund this effort.

To have the best chances of succeeding, we have assembled an ideal team of Attorneys to lead this case! Each one brings different strengths to the case:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., CHD’s Chairman, is a leading Environmental Attorney who has been involved with many groundbreaking lawsuits including the recent successful cases against Monsanto. He was a senior attorney for the NRDC and now leading cases for the protection of children’s health rights.

W. Scott McCollough is the Attorney who is representing the IRREGULATORS in their lawsuit against the FCC, a case that will help expose a multi-billion-dollar fraud by Telecom companies. Scott has decades of experience as a Telecommunications and Administrative Law Attorney, leading the type of lawsuits we are submitting against the FCC.

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South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission Texting Incident Illuminates Transparency Law

By Heather Gould | Original Tahoe Mountain News article here.

At the October 10 meeting of the city of South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission, some members of the audience noticed that Councilmember Devin Middlebrook, who was observing in the audience, and Commission Chair Jenna Palacio, appeared to be texting each other. A Public Records Act request for their cell phone activity was filed and it was discovered that the two indeed had been communicating about the redo of the Super 8 Motel which was on the agenda that day.

The pair commented on the design of the project, whether or not more chain businesses were desirable in the city and whether electric vehicle charging stations would be open to the public. The Super 8 project proposal was passed on a vote of 4-1, with Palacio dissenting. The matter brought to light an issue that has been on the rise with the proliferation of electronic devices. Whereas once people could only communicate by speaking or submitting written documentation, which was collected and filed publicly, now surreptitiously emailing or texting during public meetings is possible and public bodies have had to grapple with the consequences.

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Verizon is Delaying its Fixed 5G Expansion

This demonstrates the hurdles of positioning itself as an early mover.

Original businesswire link here

Verizon pushed back the wider deployment of its 5G Home fixed wireless access (FWA) service until the second half of 2020 due to a lack of equipment that’s powerful enough to ensure quality coverage, according to Light Reading.

Verizon is waiting on customer premises equipment (CPE), slated to become available in H2 2020, that will extend the carrier’s coverage footprint, as homes located further away from transmitters cap tap into the signal. Verizon initially launched 5G Home in October 2018, using 5G TF, a non-standards-based 5G specification.

After pausing the 5G Home rollout in January 2019, the telecom relaunched the service in October 2019 using the 5G NR industry standard — but it now faces challenges scaling the service. Verizon aims to offer 5G Home in all of its 30 initial mobile 5G markets, but has only debuted the service in five so far.

Verizon’s 5G Home service is being held back because suppliers aren’t able to deliver the equipment the carrier needs yet. Verizon has taken a mmWave-heavy approach to 5G deployment, which can restrict its network to limited but high-performing coverage footprints.

The company needs high-powered CPE to ensure customers on the edge of its coverage areas have the same quality connection as the rest of its clientele. Quality service from the beginning is important because early issues could cause customers to revert to previous broadband packages and dissuade future subscribers. The new CPE will likely also enable Verizon to deploy fewer mmWave cells, as the receivers have a longer reach. However, the nascent 5G equipment market must still catch up with Verizon’s needs.

Verizon is attempting to establish itself at the head of 5G FWA by capturing an early lead, but the 5G equipment market seems to be holding it back. Business Insider Intelligence forecasts that there will be almost 13 million US households with 5G FWA by 2024.

Navigating these technological hurdles can create time for competitors like T-Mobile, which plans to launch 5G FWA services if its merger with Sprint is cleared, to catch up in the lucrative market, reducing Verizon’s advantage. T-Mobile’s 5G network leverages low- and mid-band spectrum, which can give its 5G FWA service a wide initial coverage area but likely won’t match Verizon’s network speeds.

The Big Barriers to Trump’s 5G America

Adapted from an article by John Hendel, Dec 29, 2019 | Original POLITICO article here.

Who Needs So-Called "Small" Cells on Utility Poles in front of houses? NO ONE . . . because 4G AND 5G antennas can be installed on Macro Towers, Just like the one shown below and the other one in the Verizon Marketing video that follows . . .


Worker in a 5G cell tower
A worker rebuilds a cellular tower with 5G equipment for the Verizon network in Utah in November. | George Frey/Getty Images

Verizon Can Install 4G AND 5G on Existing Macro Towers

President Donald Trump envisions a not-too-distant future in which super-fast 5G networks span the country, powering everything from smart cities to remote surgeries — and getting there before China does. There’s just one thing: He doesn’t have the workforce to build it. And he’s not even close. The 27,000 tower hands working nationwide right now won’t be able to handle the workload,

Trump told POLITICO:

“We’re talking about the ability to double the existing workforce.”

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The Government’s Role in 5G

Adapted from an article by Doug Dawson, Dec 27, 2019 | Original POTS and Pans article here

It’s been really interesting to watch how much the federal government talks about 5G technology. I’ve not seen anything else like this in my adult lifetime, although there may have been times in the past, such as the advent of railroads or electricity that the federal government took such an active interest in new technology.

The government gets involved to some extent in many new technologies, but with 5G there has been a steady and persistent dialog about how 5G is vital to our economic future, and pronouncements of why we must implement 5G as quickly as possible to stay ahead of the rest of the world. As I’ve watched the way the government talks about 5G, it makes me wonder why we never heard the same urgency for breakthroughs like personal computers, the world wide web, or understanding the human genome.

A good example of what I’m talking about came in November when a bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Robert O’Brien, the current national security advisor asking for a better government strategy for 5G. They claimed they are concerned that

  1. China is winning the 5G war, which they . . .
  2. Believe creates a security threat for the US.

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I asked my students to turn in their cell phones and write about living without them

By Ron Srigley, Dec 26, 2019 | Original MIT Technology Review article here

. . . here’s what they had to say.

conceptual illustration of a mans face being obscured by his phone

A few years ago, I performed an experiment in a philosophy class I was teaching. My students had failed a midterm test rather badly. I had a hunch that their pervasive use of cell phones and laptops in class was partly responsible. So I asked them what they thought had gone wrong. After a few moments of silence, a young woman put up her hand and said: “We don’t understand what the books say, sir. We don’t understand the words.” I looked around the class and saw guileless heads pensively nodding in agreement

I extemporized a solution: I offered them extra credit if they would give me their phones for nine days and write about living without them. Twelve students — about a third of the class — took me up on the offer. What they wrote was remarkable, and remarkably consistent. These university students, given the chance to say what they felt, didn’t gracefully submit to the tech industry and its devices.

The usual industry and education narrative about cell phones, social media, and digital technology generally is that they build community, foster communication, and increase efficiency, thus improving our lives. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent reformulation of Facebook’s mission statement is typical: the company aims to “give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”

Without their phones, most of my students initially felt lost, disoriented, frustrated, and even frightened. That seemed to support the industry narrative: look how disconnected and lonely you’ll be without our technology. But after just two weeks, the majority began to think that their cell phones were in fact limiting their relationships with other people, compromising their own lives, and somehow cutting them off from the “real” world. Here is some of what they said.

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Verizon 5G: Now In 31 Cities

Fulfilling Its marketing promise for 2019, but this is only partial — and very limited — coverage in each of these markets

By Sascha Segan, Dec 23, 2019 | Original PC Magazine article

Verizon fulfilled the marketing promise it made to have 5G in 30 cities, but that isn’t translating into broad coverage across those metro areas. See more here —>

Verizon 5G Map, Dec. 23

Verizon launched three more 5G cities today — Columbus, Cleveland, and Hampton Roads — fulfilling its promise to have 30 US cities live with its millimeter-wave 5G service by the end of the year. Hampton Roads includes Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News, so Verizon probably could have claimed even more cities, had it wanted to do so.

Verizon’s coverage maps haven’t kept up with its rush of recent city launches, with its page of maps standing at 17 cities—16, if you count Minneapolis/St. Paul as one. Our examinations of the maps, and our tests in New York, show that coverage is relatively limited within each city and that the maps may overstate the coverage people can actually see on Verizon’s half-dozen retail 5G phones. On its 5G coverage page, Verizon says that Kansas City and Little Rock are "coming soon."

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How Trump is Filling the Liberal 9th Circuit with Conservatives

By Susannah Luthi, Dec 22, 2019 | Original Politico article here.

The court’s changing ideological makeup could wind up giving states like California less legal elbow room to challenge Trump policies.

Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

​Outside conservative groups say the changing 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will reduce the odds of liberal foes of the president filing challenges with like-minded activist judges eager to freeze his agenda. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

​A bastion of liberalism in the federal judiciary is slowly turning rightward, threatening Democratic court challenges on everything from abortion to who gets a green card.

The Senate confirmation of Lawrence VanDyke and Patrick Bumatay to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court. This month marks nine appointments by President Donald Trump to the 29-member bench that serves as the last stop for nearly all legal complaints lodged in nine Western states. Democratic-appointed judges now hold a three-seat majority, compared with 11 at the start of Trump’s presidency.

If the trend continues, it represents a major shift in the liberal wing of the judiciary, meaning lawsuits for progressive causes won’t find a friendly ear as easily as they have. The circuit has been the go-to venue for activist state attorneys eager to freeze Trump policies on health care, immigration and other social issues. It ruled against Trump’s weakening of Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, as well as multiple versions of his travel ban.

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Apple Wants to Bypass Carriers

. . . and beam internet data directly to iPhones via satellites

Apple wants to bypass carriers and beam internet data directly to iPhones via satellites

By Michael Grothaus1 Original Fast Company article [here]

Lookout Verizon, AT&T, and any other carrier out there: Apple is working on a way to bypass carriers and beam internet and other data directly to iPhones. That’s according to a report from Bloomberg that says the initiative is “a company priority” for Tim Cook.

According to the report, Apple has “a secret team” of engineers specializing in aerospace, satellites, and antenna design working on the project:

"Apple’s work on communications satellites and next-generation wireless technology means the aim is likely to beam data to a user’s device, potentially mitigating the dependence on wireless carriers, or for linking devices together without a traditional network. Apple could also be exploring satellites for more precise location tracking for its devices, enabling improved maps and new features."

Bloomberg’s report says Apple hopes to deploy the satellites within the next five years. If Apple does indeed use its own constellation of satellites to beam internet access to iPhones (and presumably other devices), it could have major consequences for traditional carriers, whose main business model relies on the subscription fees smartphone data plans bring in.

Apple becoming its own space-based ISP isn’t that far out of an idea. The company has increasingly made moves to design and control every aspect of its products. This started years ago with Apple making its own custom A-series silicon for its iPhones and iPads instead of relying on off-the-shelve CPUs. More recently, Apple is said to be working on its own 5G modem to replace the Qualcomm and Intel modems it has used in years past.

By creating its own data delivery system, Apple could give its customers a more uniform experience across its devices, as well as create another recurring, subscription-based revenue source.