Do you want a cell tower in front of your home?
We don't. If you agree, please help us convince our Federal Legislators to cancel FCC Dockets 17-79 & 17-84 via House Bill, HR.530 — a bill introduced by Congresswomen Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18) and Jackie Speier (D-CA-14) on Jan 14, 2019 — a bill that states that FCC actions in 18-111 and 18-133 "shall have no force or effect". This House bill seems to be similar to a Congressional Review Act. HR.530 provides effective oversight of the FCC and preserves the rights of states and local communities over the siting of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs).
We also aim to convince our legislators to oppose HR.7236, the Radiofrequency Radiation Site Safety Information Act and to significantly amend S.3157, the Streamline Small Cell Deployment Act, and any other Telecom-gifting bills. As written, FCC 17-79 and S.3157 would allow Telecom companies to place a dense network of high-intensity 4G and 5G microwave radiating cellular antennas in front of homes, across America. S.3157 and the premature implementation of S.3157 by the FCC, would severely reduce local revenues, shorten review times for applications and curtail local control over siting of cell towers.
Are cell towers next to homes even necessary for 5G?
No, they are not, because 5G antennas can be collocated on Macro Cell Towers that already have 4G antennas. In June, 2018, Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon stated: "We have now busted the myth that 5G has to be line-of-sight. It does not. We busted the myth that foliage will shut 5G down . . . that does not happen. And the 200 feet from a home? We are now designing the network for over 2,000 feet from transmitter to receiver." 5G antennas can be installed on Macro Cell Towers, as can be seen here.
What's wrong with living next to a cell tower?
Problems with cell towers in front of homes include lowered property values, visual blight, fire hazards and excessive noise from cooling the ancillary equipment (up to 28 cubic feet) for each antenna. There is also a large body of science that reports adverse health effects from RF microwave radiation exposures — 209 leading scientists, doctors and others signed an Appeal calling for a moratorium on 5G due to the serious adverse health effects from 24/7 RF microwave radiation exposures.
Cell towers in residential neighborhoods would also create an access barrier to the homes and communities of Americans with Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EMS), an environmentally-induced medical illness that can be caused by RF microwave radiation exposures. These Americans (estimated to be 25,000,000 Americans and growing) with Federally-recognized ADA disability rights, would be barred from accessing public spaces and could be forced to move from their homes.
Donate: $125, $250, $500 or more . . .
Broadband — Our Town, Our Choice is raising $50,000 to fund a professional lobbying effort, based in Washington, DC to oppose Federal legislation and FCC regulations that would preempt local authority over the siting of so-called "Small Cell" Wireless Telecommunications Facilities in residential areas. Such legislation and regulations would allow the Telecom companies to deploy powerful, Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRAs) and additional equipment (up to 28 cubic feet, per FCC WT-Docket 17-79 and US Senate bill S.3157) on or next to utility poles and light poles that are 10 to 25 feet from homes. The legislation and regulations would allow this to happen nearly everywhere, even if your town does not want this invasion.
We are planning a 12-month lobbying effort, which started on October 1, 2018. We completed six weeks of full-time lobbying at the US Senate and House and at the Federal Communications Commission in 2018. We have scheduled another three weeks of full-time lobbying in Washington, DC in Jan/Feb 2019.
Broadband - Our Town, Our Choice is a lobby-funding group and not a 501(c)(3) organization, therefore, your donation will not be tax deductible.
About 28 cu. ft. of equipment; 5 cu. ft. antenna (not shown) at top of pole.
So-called "Small Cells" are actually Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRAs) placed 15 to 50 feet from homes. CPMRAs may be as imposing and unsightly, as this 4G facility, shown above. After a homebuyer learned that a CPMRA was planned for the utility pole adjacent to the Sonoma, CA home she had contracted to purchase, she canceled the deal and walked away. The owner had to reduce his price by $150,000. After six months on the market, the house has still not sold. Similar property value losses are occurring in other areas.
The Utility or light pole near your home could be next. If you don't want a cell phone tower in front of your home, please consider donating $125, $250, $500 or more today — here.
We Need Fiber to the Home — Not More Wireless
Fiber to the Home (FTTH) is a far superior broadband choice. Title II-regulated fiber offers high speed broadband, at reasonable prices, and with uncapped data. Most importantly, fiber preserves actual broadband choice. With fiber, we can use either wireless (Wi-Fi) or wired (Ethernet cords) in our homes.
Fiber is ideally suited for video, gaming, and Internet, as it’s faster, more cyber secure, and vastly more energy efficient than wireless. In contrast, wireless cell tower antennas in front of homes creates an energy-inefficient land of no-choice, where entire neighborhoods are needlessly saturated in high levels of RF microwave radiation 24/7.
Fiber to the Home — without "Small Cells" — is the sweet spot: high-speed, affordable wired broadband for all — with just enough wireless coverage in neighborhoods for mobile calls and texts.
Jason L., Verizon Field Engineer: "We're 3,000 feet away from our radio node . . . we're still getting 1,000 [Megabits per second] speeds.."
Washington, DC Lobbying Effort
Broadband - Our Town, Our Choice is raising $50,000 to fund a professional lobbying effort based in Washington, DC to oppose Federal legislation and FCC regulations that would preempt local authority over the siting of so-called "Small Cell" Wireless Telecommunications Facilities in residential areas. We reached out to twenty lobbying firms, interviewed ten and made our selection.
Our Washington, DC Lobbying goals follow:
- To convince our US Senators and Representatives to initiate legislation that would cancel FCC Dockets 17-79 and 17-84, regulations which violate the Americans with Disability Act, Fair Housing Act and our inalienable, constitutional rights to privacy and safety. We support HR.530, introduced by Congresswomen Eshoo and Speier.
- To defeat HR.7236, the Radiofrequency Radiation Site Safety Information Act and to defeat or significantly amend S.3157 - The STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act.
- To ensure that HR.7236, S.3157 and other Telecom-friendly bills do not follow the same legislative path as S.19, The MOBILE NOW Act. At the last minute, S.19 and nine other Telecom-friendly bills were tacked onto HR 1625, The Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was a huge collection of unrelated bills voted through without sufficient time for consideration. (See details here).
- To assemble and coordinate a coalition of stakeholders that oppose this ALEC-driven Telecom agenda and to use that coalition as an effective advocacy force against Telecom-gifting FCC regulations, and Federal legislation that harms consumer protection and public interest.
Senior advocates from both coasts with strong track records of results have formed Our Town, Our Choice to raise funds for a Washington, DC lobbying effort to:
- Support HR.530, a bill that eliminates FCC 18-111 (the Aug, 2018 Order) and FCC 18-133 (the Sept, 2018 Order)
- Oppose FCC 18-111 and FCC 18-133 through the courts
- Oppose or significantly amend S.3157, the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, HR.7236, the Radiofrequency Radiation Site Safety Information Act, and other Telecom/Cable-gifting legislation
- Model state legislation introduced in Rhode Island and, hopefully, soon in Pennsylvania, California and Maryland (check back for updates).
- A veto of California's 2017 State Small Cell (SB 649) granted by Gov. Jerry Brown.
- Local ordinances that were passed in 2018 to protect residential zones from 4G/5G Small Cell expansion in 2018.
We are working hard to preserve local rights to oppose Wireless Cell Antennas near where people live, sleep and heal.
For more information, please email Broadband - Our Town, Our Choice.