1) Local governments in the USA, just like those in Canada, are suffering from lack of input which allows for the “wild west” for telecoms, leaving towns and cities facing litigation costs, repairs, citizens concerned about RF.
REPORT: THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF SMALL CELL PREEMPTION ON LOCAL GOVERNMENTS BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS OFFICERS AND ADVISORS
“NATOA recommends the FCC abandon the approach of the 2018 Small Cell Order; restore the authority of local governments to protect community health and safety; abandon ill-conceived fee caps; and shift the burden of proof back to the provider in disputes….
Drawing on a survey of 48 local governments, the report finds that small cell preemption is having a negative impact on cities’ finances, creating challenges for public safety and hampering efforts to close the digital divide. These localities range in population from under 5,000 to over 500,000 and represent regions from the middle of the country to the coasts…..
The FCC should provide more resources to local governments on RF emissions. Local governments are largely preempted with respect to RF emissions yet bear the brunt of local concerns about RF issues, including public and worker safety. The FCC should do more to educate the public and provide resources to localities to address residents’ questions and concerns.”
2) Cybersecurity experts keep warning that as more devices are connected to the internet and, ultimately, to 5G and “the cloud”, the more vulnerable is our security and privacy. And even our health, as essential services like electricity and water are put at risk. Why are all of the warnings, which have been made for many years now, still ignored?
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100 million more IoT devices are exposed—and they won’t be the last
“Over the last few years, researchers have found a shocking number of vulnerabilities in seemingly basic code that underpins how devices communicate with the Internet. Now, a new set of nine such vulnerabilities are exposing an estimated 100 million devices worldwide, including an array of Internet-of-things products and IT management servers. The larger question researchers are scrambling to answer, though, is how to spur substantive changes—and implement effective defenses—as more and more of these types of vulnerabilities pile up….
They all would allow an attacker to either crash a device and take it offline or gain control of it remotely. Both of these attacks could potentially wreak havoc in a network, especially in critical infrastructure, health care, or manufacturing settings where infiltrating a connected device or IT server can disrupt a whole system or serve as a valuable jumping-off point for burrowing deeper into a victim’s network.”
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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