This Thursday, August 16, the Senate’s Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee will query FCC Commissioners about their oversight of issues related to wireless communications. Groups are pushing the Senators to ask the FCC Commissioners hard questions about the impact of 5G.
If your Senator sits on the Committee (see the list at the end of this email), please call him or her TODAY and urge them to push for real answers about whether and how the FCC’s planned implementation of 5G infrastructure truly protects the public health and respects communities’ rights to address local concerns.
When you call, pick one of two talking points to focus on, based on what matters the most to you. Keep your call concise and clear.
- Health and safety: Existing and proposed 5G infrastructure will bring close-range radiofrequency (RF) exposure to the American public. Specifically, how will the FCC set protective, long-term, chronic and cumulative low-intensity radiation exposure limits for the American public? What environmental, health, and safety reviews will be done, both before implementation and after, to ensure that there aren’t unanticipated negative impacts with this technology?
- Local control:
o Proposed and existing FCC rules and rulemaking remove important protections such as public hearings and neighborhood notification regarding the installation of new telecom facilities. There isn’t a good justification for taking away these basic features of democratic local control.
o Proposed FCC rulemaking calls for removing a municipality’s right to enact a moratorium for any reason regarding the installation of telecom facilities. But local conditions – including local susceptibility to extreme weather events – can and should impact the decision about whether it is safe to install extensive electronic gear on utility poles.
o Proposed FCC rulemaking calls for removing a municipality’s right to charge a fair leasing fee for telecom corporations that access its public rights-of-way. Public rights-of-way are public property. Leasing them provides income for a municipality’s general fund, which pays for road repairs and other basic services.
- Energy security: Availability of energy impacts commerce, transportation and science. According to a paper published by IEEE,* wireless infrastructure consumes at least ten times more energy than wired technologies.
*Baliga, Jayant, et al, “Energy Consumption in Wired and Wireless Access Networks,” IEEE Communications Magazine, June, 2011.
Members of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
If you live in one of these states, please call your Senator listed below! The members come from Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Be sure to mention that you are a constituent.
**Note: We do not recommend calling Senators if you do not live in their State. They want to know what their constituents care about.
John Thune, Chair, R-SD 202.224.2321
Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin 202.224.5653
Richard Blumenthal, D-CT 202.224.28233
Roy Blunt, R-MO 202.224.5721
Cory Booker, D-NJ 202.224.3224
Maria Cantwell, D-WA 202.224.3441
Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV 202.224.6472
Ted Cruz, R-TX 202.224.5922
Tammy Duckworth, D-IL 202.224.2854
Deb Fischer, R-NE 202.224.6551
Cory Gardner, R-CO 202.224.5941
Maggie Hassan, D-NH 202.224.3324
Dean Heller, R-NV 202.224.6244
Jim Inhofe, R-OK 202.224.4721
Amy Klobuchar, D-MN 202.224.3244
Mike Lee, R-UT 202.224.5444
Jerry Moran, R-KS 202.224.6521
Bill Nelson, D-FL 202.224.5274
Edward Markey, D-MA 202.224.2742
Catherine Cortez Maso, D-NV 202.224.3542
Gary Peters, D-MI 202.224.6221
Brian Schaztz, D-HI 202.224.3934
Dan Sullivan, R-AK 202.224.3004
Jon Tester, D-MT 202.224.2644
Tom Udall, D-NM 202.224.6621
Roger Wicker, R-MS 202.224.6253
Todd Young, R-IN 202.224.5623