Our Town, Our Choice: Local Control Over Wireless Infrastructure

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The FCC-attempted, so-called “small” Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (sWTFs) Agenda is crumbling before our very eyes. Local governments can step up to the plate and pass intelligent, protective local ordinances to integrate broadband services into their communities in ways that best meet their local needs.

1894: Heinrich Hertz Dies at 36 — From Microwave Radiation Sickness
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Robert O. Becker, MD — Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation (EMR) Expert, Twice Nominated for Nobel Prize:

“The greatest polluting element in the earth’s environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic radiation. I consider that to be a far greater threat on a global scale than warming, or the increase of chemical elements in the environment.”

“All life pulsates in time to the Earth and our artificial electromagnetic radiation causes abnormal reactions in all organisms. Increasing EMR-pollution could set in motion irreversible changes leading to our extinction”

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 Orders 18-111 & 18-133 via House Bill, HR.530 or Senate Bill S.2012 bill that both that FCC Orders in 18-111 and 18-133 “shall have no force or effect”. These bills would provide effective oversight of the FCC and preserve the rights of states and local communities over the placement, construction and modification of so-called “small” Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (sWTFs) — a misnomer, once one considers the maximum Effective Radiated Power that such sWTF antennas can output.

We also aim to convince our legislators to oppose HR.7236, the Radiofrequency Radiation Site Safety Information Act and to significantly amend S.1699, the Streamline Small Cell Deployment Act, which updates the 1996 Telecommuncations Act in ways that bestows even more gifts to Big Telecom. 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.1699 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.

Taming the Densified 4G/5G Grid: Technical & Lobbying Strategies

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: $50 or more

Our Town, Our Choice is raising $50,000 to fund a professional lobbying effort in Washington, DC to oppose Federal legislation and FCC regulations that would preempt local authority over the siting of so-called “small” Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (sWTFs) in residential areas. Such legislation and regulations would allow Big Telecom to deploy powerful sWTF antennas and ancillary equipment (up to 28 cubic feet, per US Senate bill S.1699) on utility poles, light poles and other street furniture, as close as 10 to 15 feet from homes. The legislation and regulations would allow this to happen nearly everywhere, even if your town does not want this Telecom invasion.

We are funding a Washington, DC lobbying effort. We completed six weeks of full-time lobbying at the US Senate and House and at the Federal Communications Commission in Fall 2018 and another six weeks in Jan/Feb 2019. We need to return in 2021.

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 this 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 assist our DC-based lobbying effort. S.1699 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.1699. 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, one 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 by high levels of pulsed, data-modulated, Radio-frequency Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation (RF-EMR) 24/7.

Fiber to the Home — without “Small Cells” — is the sweet spot: high-speed, affordable wired broadband for all — with just enough wireless in neighborhoods for mobile calls.

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

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” Wireless Telecommunications Facilities in residential areas.

Our Washington, DC Lobbying goals follow:

    1. To convince our US Senators and Representatives to initiate legislation that would cancel FCC Orders 18-111 and 18-133, regulations which violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act and our inalienable, constitutional rights to privacy and safety. We support bothHR.530, introduced by Congresswomen Eshoo and Speier and S.2012, introduced by Sen. Feinstein.
    2. To defeat HR.7236, the Radiofrequency Radiation Site Safety Information Act and to defeat or significantly amend S.1699 – The STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act.
    3. To ensure that HR.7236, S.1699 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).

  1. 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.

Our Team

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 and S.2012, bills that eliminate 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.1699, the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, HR.7236, the Radiofrequency Radiation Site Safety Information Act, and other Telecom/Cable-gifting legislation

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 Our Town, Our Choice: donate@ourtownourchoice.org