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 cancel FCC WT-Docket 17-79 via a Congressional Review Act and to significantly amend S.3157, the Streamline Small Cell Deployment Act, and other related 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 already completed over 20 meetings at the US Senate and House Office Buildings.

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 lobbying effort launched. 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 β€” 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 β€” 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 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:

  1. To convince our US Senators and Representatives to initiate and pass a Congressional Review Act that would cancel FCC 17-79, regulations which violate the Americans with Disability Act, Fair Housing Act and our inalienable, constitutional rights to privacy and safety
  2. To defeat or significantly amend S.3157 - The STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act and similar Federal legislation from October 2018 through March 2019.

  3. 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).

  4. To assemble and coordinate a coalition of stakeholders that oppose FCC 17-79 and S.3157 and to use that coalition as an effective advocacy force against FCC 17-79, S.3157 and similar Federal legislation.

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 lobbying effort to oppose FCC 17-19 and 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:

  • A Smart Meter opt-out option, granted by the Maryland Public Service Commission in 2014.

  • 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 densified installations of 4G and 5G Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRAs), aka so-called "Small Cells".

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.