There will be no update tomorrow, July 1. Happy Canada Day !!
1) Unfortunately, I did not learn of the OTARD webinar in time for last night’s update, but here is the information about the new lawsuit against the FCC. OTARD allows US telecoms to pay an individual home owner to allow a cell antenna to be put on his home. This could be done without notifying the neighbours or requiring any municipal land use approvals and overrides all zoning laws. This article summarizes the arguments being made. When a recording of the webinar is available, I will share.
If this is allowed to take place in the USA, there is a very good chance that ISED would allow it here. We need to pay attention.
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Principal Brief Filed in Children’s Health Defense’s Case Against FCC Rule Allowing Base Station Antennas on Homes
“On June 23, Children’s Health Defense (CHD) filed the opening brief in its case against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “Over-the-Air Reception Devices” (OTARD) Rule Amendment, which went into effect March 29. This submission is the main brief for CHD in the case it filed on Feb. 2 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
CHD is opposing the OTARD rule amendment, which allows fixed wireless companies to contract with private property owners, including homeowners, to place point-to-point antennas on their property. The rule also allows wireless companies to add carrier-grade base station antenna installations on private property to extend wireless voice/video/data service, including 5G and Internet-of-Things antennas, to users over a wide area.
The amended rule, which purports to facilitate fast deployment of wireless networks, preempts all state and local zoning laws that would otherwise apply. No application, permit or notice to neighboring properties is required. Homeowners’ association and deed restrictions are also preempted.”
3 excellent expert statements are included and they are well worth reading:
1) Dr. Beatrice Golomb
2) Dr. Riina Bray
3) Dr. Toril Jelter
2) Bell announces introduction of 5G in Atlantic Canada. So many of these small communities would be perfect for community-owned fiber optic cable networks. Hopefully, someone gets the word out in this area to give people an opportunity to have fast, secure and safe access to the internet.
Bell 5G expands in Atlantic Canada – first 5G service in Newfoundland and Labrador
- “Canada’s most-awarded 5G network now available in Halifax Regional Municipality, part of the largest 5G network in Nova Scotia
- First 5G in Newfoundland and Labrador with service in St. John’s, Flatrock, Paradise, Portugal Cove and Wabana
- 5G also available in Fredericton, New Brunswick; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island coming later this year
- Bell 5G on track to reach approximately 70% of the Canadian population as part of Bell’s accelerated capital investment plan”
3) A new study identifies 5 major threats of “smart” cities: “a surfeit of data centers, the proliferation of undersea cables, the consternation of cyber-security threats, electromagnetic pollution, and E-waste accumulation. Further, the paper discusses the rebound impacts on humans and the environment as smart buildings’ actualization becomes a reality.”
THE COST OF “SMART” CITIES INCLUDE CYBERSECURITY, E-WASTE, ENVIRONMENT AND POLLUTION
“A new meta-integrative qualitative research paper published in the journal Buildings presents the multi-level problems that could arise from the implementation of smart building structures, especially with 5G and IoT devices. Researchers found cybersecurity threats and radiation effects, “especially from 5G cells that can directly affect the individual, biologically and mentally.” The paper also focuses on e-waste and energy consumption.
The authors challenge the rhetoric that 5G is energy saving. The paper documents that because so many additional cell towers and antennas are required for 5G “the generic notion that wireless data transfer is energy-conserving or can act as a CO2 eliminator can be challenged.” The authors recommend a thorough analysis of the carbon emissions and environmental impacts of massive data centers and undersea optic cabling.
Read the full paper at https://www.mdpi.com/2075-5309/11/6/251/htm ”
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” Elon Musk