California is on the cutting edge of the fight against 5G wireless, at the local, state, and federal levels. Check out the latest news below, and then take action!
NEW TO THE ISSUE?
For a good basic background article on 5G, read https://draxe.com/health/5g-health-effects/
To learn more about the issues surrounding 5G and wireless in general, check out:
MARIN COUNTY PASSES COMPROMISE ORDINANCE
Marin County supervisors just passed new rules for 5G, which included some of what the grassroots community has been working on. The rules don’t include everything that the community members were requesting, but it’s a start! The rules allow no more than one 5G antenna per pole, require antennae to be a minimum of 1,000 feet apart — and do not allow 5G antenna within 1,500 feet of schools. Marin County residents, watch for future actions.
You can read the news coverage at https://www.marinij.com/2019/07/09/marin-supervisors-adopt-new-rules-for-5g
CALIFORNIA STATE ACTION
While most of the attention on the 5G issue is focused at the federal level, there is something that our state legislators can do: form commissions to look into the safety of 5G. Louisiana and New Hampshire have done just that, and you can join the effort to urge California to follow their example.
You can look up your State Senator and Assembly member here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
Call or send a personalized email. Below is a sample letter, which can also be used to help you think of what you want to say if you call. If you do send an email, PLEASE personalize it with a few sentences to explain why this issue matters to you. Individual letters have a much greater impact than form letters!
I urge you to support a bill to establish a commission to determine the safety of 5G wireless and the “small cells” that are being installed near homes, apartments, schools and businesses across our state. Both Louisiana and New Hampshire have called for independent study on the environmental and health impacts of the ongoing 5G technology roll-out.
While many of the issues around 5G are determined at the federal level, state legislators can still address their constituents’ concerns with commissions like this. With more antennas being placed in our neighborhoods every day, we deserve to have proof that we will not be harmed in the short or long-run, and that our children will be safe.
Senator Feinstein has introduced S. 2012, the Restoring Local Control Over Public Infrastructure Act of 2019. The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).
S.2012 would override the following regulatory actions by the Federal Communication Commission, so that they have no effect:
1. The Declaratory Ruling in the “Third Report and Order and Declaratory Ruling in the matter of Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment and Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment” adopted by the Commission on August 2, 2018 (FCC 18–111).
2. The ‘‘Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order in the matter of Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment and Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment’’ adopted by the Commission on September 26, 2018 (FCC 18–133).
3. The rule adopted by the Commission entitled “Accelerating Wireless and Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment” (83 Fed. Reg. 51867 (October 15, 2018)).
S.2012 is supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, American Public Power Association, Communications Workers of America, National Association of Counties, League of California Cities and American Public Works Association.
This measure is broader than U.S. Representative Eshoo’s H.R. 530 because it overturns FCC 18-133. Unfortunately, neither bill addresses Section 704 of the 1996 Telecommunications act, which prevents consideration of health effects or outdated guidelines, but they are both important steps forward in the fight against 5G.
Since Senator Feinstein introduced S.2012 and Senator Harris has co-sponsored it, the attention of Californians should now be focused on your U.S. Representatives.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your Representative to urge him or her to co-sponsor H.R.530 and to introduce a House companion bill to S.2012.
Nineteen California Representatives have already co-sponsored H.R. 530. You can see if your Rep is one of them by going to https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/530/cosponsors
You can look up who your Representative is at https://www.house.gov/