Our Town, Our Choice!

A Neighborhood Broadband Survival Guide

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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 significantly amend S 3157, the Streamline Small Cell Deployment Act of 2018, and other related bills. As written, 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 3-5% of the population, 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 money to fund a professional lobbyist based in Washington, DC to oppose Federal legislation that would preempt local authority over the siting of so-called "Small Cell" Wireless Telecommunications Facilities in residential areas. Such legislation would allow the Telecom companies to deploy powerful, Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRAs) and additional equipment (up to 28 cubic feet, per S 3157) on or next to utility poles and light poles -- 15 to 50 feet from homes. The legislation would allow this to happen nearly everywhere, even if your town does not want this intrusion.

We are planning a six-month lobbying effort from October 1st, 2018 through March 31st, 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.

   

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No Close Proximity Microwave Radiating Antennas in Neighborhoods

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.

It's urgent that we raise funds to get our DC-based, professional lobbyist working now. S 3157 has bi-partisan support and currently faces little opposition. It could slip through the Senate via unanimous consent, appear in the House briefly and get attached to a spending bill — without any debate or roll-call votes specific to S 3157. This would wipe out nearly all the protective ordinances already passed by forward-looking cities.

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 Lobbyist

Broadband - Our Town, Our Choice is raising $30,000 to fund a professional lobbyist based in Washington, DC to oppose Federal legislation 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 Lobbyist's stated goals follow:


  1. To defeat or significantly amend S 3157 - The STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act and similar Federal legislation from October 2018 through March 2019.

  2. To ensure that S 3157 does 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).

  3. To assemble and coordinate a coalition of stakeholders that oppose S 3157 and to use that coalition as an effective advocacy force against S 3157 and similar Federal legislation.

  4. To establish, maintain and nurture a network of public policy contacts with relevant stakeholders, legislators and regulators to position Broadband – Our Town, Our Choice as a thought and policy leader with respect to siting of personal wireless service facilities.

If you would like to learn more about our selected lobbyist, please email us.


Our Team

Senior advocates from both coasts with strong track records of results have formed Broadband – Our Town, Our Choice to raise funds for a Washington, DC lobbyist to defeat or significantly amend S 3157. We are applying skills honed from working, since 2011, as part of Maryland Smart Meter Awareness (MSMA) and as part of My Street, My Choice! — skills that helped achieve:


We are working hard to preserve local rights to oppose Wireless Cell Antennas near where people live, sleep and heal.

Contact Us

For more information, please email Broadband - Our Town, Our Choice.