Italian RF Microwave Radiation Animal Study Results

March 22, 2018; Original Microwave News article here.

Ramazzini Institute Findings are “Consistent with” and “Reinforces” U.S. NTP Cancer Finding

Ramazzini’s Belpoggi Calls for IARC To Reassess RF–Cancer Risk

Partial results of the Ramazzini Institute’s RF–animal study, which show a statistically significant increase in tumors in the hearts of male rats exposed to GSM radiation, were officially released today. They appear in Environmental Research, a peer-reviewed journal.

As we reported last month, the Ramazzini Institute (‘RI’) finding of Schwann cell tumors —called schwannomas— in the rat hearts is consistent with a similar finding by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) in a $25 million RF project, the largest of its kind.

In an interview with Microwave News, Fiorella Belpoggi, the senior author of the new paper and the director of the Ramazzini Institute’s Research Center in Bologna, Italy, offered her views on the new results, the parallels with those of the NTP and the implications for IARC’s designation of the cancer risk of RF radiation. The Ramazzini experiment took ten years to complete.

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House OKs 1.3 Trillion Dollar Spending Bill

. . . bolstering defense and domestic programs; Senate must act by Friday to avert government shutdown.

Mar 22, 2018 by John Eggerton; Original article here.

S4WT Note: Not a single mention of HR.4986 and it’s 4G/5G Densification plan to Install Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRA) in residential neighborhoods.

AP’s latest story:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will sign a $1.3 trillion budget bill that boosts military spending, but does not include all the funding he sought for his promised border wall.

White House officials say the plan includes key administration priorities, particularly defense spending. They argue they could not get everything they want because Democratic votes are needed in the closely divided Senate.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the bill was not perfect, but "that’s how the process works." He noted the deal includes at least some money for new construction along the border. Trump sounded less than enthused by the bill Wednesday night. He tweeted: "Had to waste money on Dem giveaways in order to take care of military pay increase and new equipment."

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Who is Afraid of Huawei?

3/20/18 Wall Street Journal article By Dan Strumpf at daniel.strumpf@wsj.com, Rob Taylor at rob.taylor@wsj.com and Paul Vieira at paul.vieira@wsj.com; see original article here.

Security Worries Spread Beyond the U.S.

Concerns about Chinese telecom giant, world No. 1 in wireless equipment, sprout in Canada, Australia and South Korea.

National-security concerns surrounding China’s Huawei Technologies Co. are spreading beyond the U.S. to key allies. The telecommunications equipment maker was a subject of debate in Canada’s Parliament this week, and the chief executive of South Korea’s largest telecom, considering vendors for next-generation wireless technology, reportedly called Huawei a “concern.”

Australia, where U.S. officials have been pushing a case that the Chinese company is a national security risk, recently pressured the Solomon Islands to drop Huawei as the contractor on an undersea cable connecting the South Pacific nation with Australia. It offered instead to fund a separate cable itself. Australia is now consulting other nations about their security concerns around Huawei’s involvement in next-generation 5G wireless equipment, officials said.

The U.S. has taken a series of actions aimed at Huawei, the world’s biggest supplier of wireless equipment and No. 3 vendor of smartphones. The Shenzhen-based company has been effectively shut out of the U.S. telecom market since a 2012 congressional report said its equipment could be used for spying.

At issue is Huawei’s growing strength in the telecommunications market. Western policy makers are concerned China could gain a leading edge in developing 5G, set to underpin self-driving cars and other internet-connected devices.

Privately held and owned by its employees, Huawei has long said it operates independently of Beijing, and that concerns the company would use its technology—which is employed in mobile networks world-wide—to spy for the Chinese government are unfounded.

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Verizon Accounting Scandal

March 19, 2018 By Bruce Kushnick, New Networks Institute, Executive Director; Original article here

Verizon’s Proposed Settlement in New York Covers Up One of the Largest, Nationwide, Accounting Scandals in American History.

The following financial information is taken directly from Verizon New York’s 2016 Annual Report, published in June 2017.

A. Key Findings

We address the settlement in Section D, below.

Using the Verizon-New York 2016 Annual Report and other financial reports, we found:

  • Low Income Families are Defacto Investors, without the Benefits: Low income families, seniors, rural customers and everyone else got hit with multiple rate increases  — 84% on basic service and 50%-250% on ancillary services — in New York State since 2006–2016. Verizon and the State claimed the increases were for “massive deployment of fiber optics” and losses. The losses were artificially created and the massive fiber deployment was mostly shifted to Wireless services.
  • Customer Overcharging: We estimate that in NY State customers paid an additional $1,000–1,500 per line, from 2006 to 2016, for basic service (and an ancillary service) as built into rates are these construction perks and compensation for losses, and the dumping of billions of dollars annually of expenses created by the Verizon’s subsidiaries.
  • $2.8+ Billion in Wireless Cross-Subsidies: In 2010–2013 Verizon New York paid the construction expenditures for 5,515 cell sites to be built at a cost estimated to be $2.8 billion — and according to Verizon’s own press statements, this came out of the wireline construction budgets. This is instead of building out FTTP: Fiber to the Premises. (Note: these expenses were just for these four years. It has continued, but it would require an audit of the most current financials.)
  • Wireless Underpayments for Network Use: In 2016 in New York, we estimate that Verizon Wireless generated $6.5-$7.5 billion in revenue, which is not part of Verizon-New York, the State Public Telecom Utility. Verizon-New York’s 2016 Annual Report shows that “Cellco Partners”, (Verizon Wireless is a DBA) only paid $69 million to Verizon New York for use of its Public Utility Wireline networks and any construction. Based on interrogatories of the investigation, there appears to be an entire cesspool of fractional payments by Verizon.

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Facebook Employs Former Employee of Cambridge Analytica

March 18, 2018 The Guardian article by Paul Lewis and Julia Carrie Wong; Original article here.
Part of The Guardian series: The Cambridge Analytica Files

The co-director of a company that harvested data from tens of millions of Facebook users before selling it to the controversial data analytics firms Cambridge Analytica is currently working for the tech giant as an in-house psychologist.

Joseph Chancellor was one of two founding directors of Global Science Research (GSR), the company that harvested Facebook data using a personality app under the guise of academic research and later shared the data with Cambridge Analytica. He was hired to work at Facebook as a quantitative social psychologist around November 2015, roughly two months after leaving GSR, which had by then acquired data on millions of Facebook users.

Chancellor is still working as a researcher at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in California, where psychologists frequently conduct research and experiments using the company’s vast trove of data on more than 2 billion users.

It is not known how much Chancellor knew of the operation to harvest the data of more than 50 million Facebook users and pass their information on to the company that went on to run data analytics for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Chancellor was a director of GSR along with Aleksandr Kogan, a more senior Cambridge University psychologist who is said to have devised the scheme to harvest Facebook data from people who used a personality app that was ostensibly acquiring data for academic research.

On Friday, 3/16/18, Facebook announced it had suspended both Kogan and Cambridge Analytica from using the platform, pending an investigation. Facebook said in a statement Kogan “gained access to this information in a legitimate way and through the proper channels” but “did not subsequently abide by our rules” because he passed the information on to third parties. Kogan maintains that he did nothing illegal and had a “close working relationship” with Facebook.

Facebook appears to have taken no action against Chancellor – Kogan’s business partner at the time their company acquired the data, using an app called thisisyourdigitallife.

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No CPMRAs In Monterey Vista Neighborhood

No Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas in the Monterey Vista Neighborhood

There are less intrusive means for Verizon to close any alleged "coverage gaps" in the Montery Vista neighborhood, detailed below.

The 1996 Telecommunications Act requires the Wireless Carrier applicant, not the City, to prove that less instrusive alternatives do not exist. Such alternatives may include collocation with existing macro cell sites or new macro cell sites in one of the City’s preferred locations. These alternatives would be outside of — not embedded in — residential zones. The City of Monterey has the authority to enforce its local municipal code to preserve the residential character of residential neighborhoods.

Background

Verizon deploys four main frequencies/wavelengths options to bring Wireless voice and data services to residential zones:

  • A. 700 MHZ that has a wavelength of 16.9 inches for primarily data and some VoLTE
  • B. 850 MHz that has a wavelength of 13.9 inches for primarily voice/text
  • C. 1900 MHz that has a wavelength of 6.2 inches for primarily data and some VoLTE
  • D. 2100 MHz that has a wavelength of 5.6 inches for primarily data and some VoLTE

Verizon antennas that send/receive these frequency/wavelength options can be deployed in various configurations, including the following:

  1. Macro cell tower sites using stand-alone structures (providing coverage 10-20 miles away)
  2. Roof and building-mounted cell sites (providing coverage 5-10 miles away)
  3. Utility/Light pole-mounted cell sites (providing coverage 2.5 to 5 miles away)

That’s right. These Utility/Light pole-mounted cell sites do not just transmit down the block; they can they transmit pulsed, data-modulated, RadioFrequency Microwave Radiation through the houses that are nearby on the way to the houses several miles away.

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NDIA Redlining by AT&T Report is One Year Old

by Bill Callahan | Mar 10, 2018 | Original NDAI article here


It’s been a busy year. See Digital Inclusion News and Measuring Inclusion.

One year ago today, NDIA and Connect Your Community released AT&T’s Digital Redlining of Cleveland, our first research report on that company’s discrimination against lower-income urban neighborhoods in the deployment of its standard fiber-enhanced broadband service between 2008 and 2014.

Based on a mapping analysis of FCC Form 477 block data and city permit records, AT&T’s Digital Redlining of Cleveland showed that AT&T had quietly ignored the service areas of four inner-city wire centers when it installed its high-speed “fiber to the node” VDSL network throughout most Cleveland suburbs and better-off city neighborhoods. The now-standard VDSL infrastructure, which combines optical fiber running to neighborhood locations with upgraded copper lines the rest of the way to customer homes, provides most AT&T households with Internet access at download speeds above 24 mpbs, as well as the option of IP video “cable” subscription service.

But residents of neighborhoods served by the four inner-city wire centers — Hough, Glenville, Central, Fairfax, South Collinwood, St. Clair-Superior, Detroit-Shoreway, Stockyards and other high-poverty areas — are still relegated to AT&T’s old, much slower copper-only ADSL network.

The result, according to AT&T’s own 2016 data reported to the FCC: 55% of of Census blocks in the city of Cleveland had maximum AT&T download speeds of 6 mbps or less, and 22% had download speeds of 3 mbps, 1.5 mbps or 768 kbps.

NDIA and CYC pointed out that AT&T was free to discriminate against these neighborhoods, and keep the practice secret, because of its success in lobbying Ohio legislators to eliminate municipal cable franchising and oversight in 2007. To quote the report:

In 2007, AT&T succeeded in lobbying the Ohio General Assembly to eliminate municipal franchising of cable television providers by dangling the promise of a new era of “cable competition” in communities throughout its service territory . . .

AT&T’s “cable franchise reform” legislation explicitly permitted providersunder the new state-run video service authorization system to serve less than 100% of their designated service territories – a provision that led critics like the City of Cleveland to warn of the exclusion of poorer neighborhood . . .

AT&T dismissed the idea that providers would redline or cherrypick communities, and legislator sapparently believed them; the legislation passed both houses with virtually unanimous support, including “Yes” votes from every Cleveland representative.

AT&T’s Digital Redlining of Cleveland got noticed. In the weeks following its release, the report was widely covered and linked on news and tech industry sites including The Hill, Buzzfeed, Grio, Ars Technica, Engadget, Gizmodo, Fierce Telecomand MultiChannel News among others. Cleveland alternative newspaper Scene made it the subject of two long, detailed articles, and the city’s local ABC news outlet, WEWS, covered it as well.

An NDIA affiiate in Dayton, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, requested a similar map of AT&T’s deployment pattern in the Dayton area and released it publicly on March 22, with the headline “AT&T Fails To Invest in Low-Income Montgomery County Neighborhoods”.

On March 15, new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told an audience in Pittsburgh:

“Just last week, a study of broadband deployment in Cleveland suggested that fiber was much less likely to be deployed in the low-income neighborhoods. This highlights the need to establish Gigabit Opportunity Zones…”

In August, an attorney representing three Cleveland AT&T customers submitted a formal complaint to the FCC citing the report and alleging that “AT&T’s offerings of high speed broadband service violates the Communications Act’s prohibition against unjust and unreasonable discrimination.”

In early September, NDIA released new maps showing very similar patterns of broadband deployment discrimination by AT&T against high-poverty neighborhoods in Detroit and Toledo. Two AT&T customers in Detroit soon joined the attorney’s FCC complaint. (The customer complaints are currently the subject of a confidential mediation process between the attorney, Daryl Parks, and AT&T.)

In late October, the FCC released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Lifeline program, including a section on “Digital Redlining”.

“Recent reports argue that some service providers engage in “digital redlining” in low-income areas – a practice that results in certain low-income areas experiencing less facilities deployment when compared to other areas, and that low-income consumers in those areas may experience increased difficulty obtaining affordable, robust communications services… We seek comment on how the Commission can address this issue with the Lifeline program.”

(Here are NDIA’s comments on this section, among others.)

Through all this, AT&T’s Digital Redlining of Cleveland has continued to be discussed and linked by the media, most recently in this Fast Company article the day before yesterday.

And through all this, AT&T spokespeople have continued to respond with non-denial denials like this and this:

AT&T regulatory and stateexternal affairs executive VP Joan Marsh said:

“We do not redline. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is unparalleled. Our investment decisions are based on the cost of deployment and demand for our services and are of course fully compliant with the requirements of the Communications Act.”

There’s nothing wrong with the report’s data or how NDIA and CYC mapped it, but after a year AT&T has made no attempt to rebut the data and maps. And after a year, there’s still no alternative explanation of how considerations of “cost of deployment and demand for our services” led AT&T to leave those neighborhoods in Cleveland — and similar high-poverty neighborhoods in Detroit, Toledo and Dayton — out of its neighborhood fiber deployment plans.

And unfortunately, after a year, we’ve heard of no plan from AT&T to demonstrate its “commitment to diversity and inclusion” by going back and building fiber into those neighborhoods it missed the first time, so the residents can finally get the speeds and quality of service that nearby suburbs have enjoyed for years.

Well… maybe next year.

PD-2018-0306 Verizon Leverages Santa Rosa Churches

by KEVIN MCCALLUM, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | March 6, 2018, 9:33PM | Original article here.

Direct all Calls/Emails/Praises/Complaints to City Planner Andrew Trippel, 707-543-3223 | atrippel@srcity.org

First public meeting is on Wed, Mar 7 at 6 p.m
at 637 First St., Santa Rosa — across the street from City Hall


Proposed 62-Foot Verizon Steeple/Macro Cell Tower at 1620 Sonoma Ave.

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FCC Reauthorization Act of 2018 & New FCC Order

A. Vote in the House on 3/6/18: HR.4986

About 15,000 Words

The Press Release

https://energycommerce.house.gov/news/press-release/walden-blackburn-house-passage-ray-baums-act/

H.R. 4986 , the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act of 2018 is a bipartisan, bicameral agreement among House and Senate leaders to reauthorize the FCC and support the deployment of next-generation wireless services. The Energy and Commerce Committee approved an earlier version of H.R. 4986 by voice vote last month. The legislation that passed today will:

  • Reauthorize the FCC and include reforms to ensure the commission continues to improve its efficiency and transparency.
  • Enact key provisions from the Senate-approved MOBILE NOW Act (S.19) to boost the development of next-generation 5G wireless broadband by identifying more spectrum – both licensed and unlicensed – for private sector use and reducing the red tape associated with building wireless networks.
  • Authorize a repack fund to address the shortfall in funding available to relocate broadcasters being displaced following the successful Incentive Auction, and set up new relocation funds for translators, low-power television, and radio stations that will be impacted by the repack – supplemented by a consumer education fund.
  • Include a spectrum auction deposit “fix” which allows the FCC to deposit upfront payments from spectrum bidders directly with the U.S. Treasury.
  • Direct the FCC to craft a national policy for unlicensed spectrum that includes certain specific considerations and recommendations.
  • Advance proposals that would help the FCC and law enforcement protect consumers from fraudulent telephone calls, and to educate Americans about their options to stop these illegal calls.

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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)

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