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Americans Fight FCC Over 5G Tyranny

May 15, 2019 | by Admin

Telecommunications companies – telcos – worldwide are rolling out 5G technology whether consumers like it or not and heedless of safety risks posed by this still-untested, extremely powerful radio frequency (RF) radiation.

5G stands for 5th Generation and follows, as you might expect, 4G, 3G, and 2G RF bandwidths and standards. The global telcos are collaborating with tech vendors and software giants such as Amazon and Google to create a Brave New World where everything electronic is inter-connected and monitored by the tech vendors who supply unlimited user data to the government upon legal demand.

This model of total interconnectedness by means of “smart” equipment – devices capable of “learning” from “experience” after their initial programming – is key to realizing the Internet of Things: IoT.

One big problem with 5G is that no official scientific testing whatsoever has been conducted to gauge its effect on human and other living organisms. The telcos and equipment vendors are hastening to earn profits – no matter who gets hurt along the way.

Americans are being told and sold on 5G based on its technological superiority over 4G and the “promise that 5G will bring enhanced communications, jobs, and an economic boost to our cities and our nation.”

We do know that 5G raises a slew of health, safety, environmental, privacy, security, and energy use issues.

Many U.S. state and federal laws are pushing forward the aggressive deployment of 5G across the nation by removing local control on placement and the fees municipalities can charge.

FCC Order FCC 18-111 was supported by the telco industry and designed to remove barriers to the rapid installation of what are called “small cells” for wireless RF communications. Some of the Table of Contents entries give you the flavor of this artful legal document:

1. Speeding Access to Poles

2. New Attachers are Not Responsible for Preexisting Violations

3. Addressing Outdated Rate Disparities

4. Legal Authority

On the topic of legal authority for regulating the roll-out of an untested and potentially lethal new communications technology, the FCC claims it has the “ample” right to do so, safety be hanged, full speed ahead:

“We conclude that we have ample authority under section 224 to take the actions above to adopt a new pole attachment process, amend our current pole attachment process, clarify responsibility for pre-existing violations, and address outdated rate disparities. Section 224 authorizes us to prescribe rules ensuring that the rates, terms, and conditions of pole attachments are just and reasonable. We find that the actions we take today to speed broadband deployment further these statutory goals.”

The only thing standing in the way of the Big Telcos and the FCC are the people who live in the places where 5G is being introduced, or will be. That is just about everywhere in the world.

Local governments want to have control over the installation of small cells through input from the public and city planning commissions, plus the authority to charge a fair price for utility pole rentals in valuable real estate “Public Rights of Way.”

In response to federal and industry overreach, combined with growing evidence strongly suggesting that close-range exposure to 5G is toxic enough to cause cancer, some politicians are taking action on behalf of their constituents.

In California, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo introduced House Rule (HR) 530 on January 14, 2019. Congresswoman Jackie Speier was the first co-sponsor of the proposed bill, which, in January 2019, had 45 co-sponsors, with more backers anticipated.

HR 530 calls for providing that “certain actions by the Federal Communications Commission [FCC] shall have no force or effect.” The short title of the bill is “Accelerating Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019.”

California’s HR 530 states:

“Actions by the Federal Communications Commission in ‘Accelerating Wireless and Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment’ (83 Fed. Reg. 51867) and the Federal Communications Commission’s Declaratory Ruling in ‘Third Report and Order and Declaratory Ruling’ (FCC 18–111) shall have no force or effect.”

The FCC order cited in HR 530 basically forces communities to allow “small cells” throughout their localities. According to Rep. Eshoo, the FCC had “‘failed to listen to reasonable input from communities across the country, cowered to industry interests, and failed to put the public interests first.”

The National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, the League of California Cities, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, plus hundreds of municipalities and public utilities also support refusing the FCC ruling that telcos have the green light to set up 5G wherever they please.

Rep. Eshoo said her bill resulted from the FCC’s failure “to listen to reasonable input from communities across the country, cowered to industry interests, and failed to put the public interests first.”

The federal government remains silent on the issue of 5G impact on the ecology:

“On December 3, 2018 California Congresswoman Eshoo and Connecticut Senator Blumenthal formally wrote a letter asking the FCC for scientific evidence of safety of 5G technology. This 5G technology is currently being marketed and promoted to consumers prior to full development or testing. The Congressmembers have not heard back yet.”

The tide of community complacency is turning into a wave of political activism – and none too soon. As of January 2019, 70 U.S. cities have filed lawsuits against the FCC to challenge its decision to take regulatory power from cities and give it all to the utility vendors.