Place Ordinance WE-WANT-IT on the Next Village of Glen Ellyn Trustee Board Agenda

We have met and continue to meet with State Senators and Representatives to discuss some common sense solutions to restore local control over the placement, construction and modification of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs) of any size and Any G — the same local control that is consistent with the Congressional intent of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, a chief purpose of which is to promote the safety of life and property:

  • Returning local control to counties, cities, towns and villages for placement, construction, & modification of WTFs of Any G.
  • Instituting Effective Radiated Power limits for any WTFs that are constructed in the public rights-of-way, attached to any buildings, or has antennas installed lower than 100 feet off the ground.
  • Adding to IL State House Bill HB.5818, the Written Evidence — Wireless Antenna Need Test in Telecommunications (WE-WANT-IT) Bill, described, below.


Written Evidence — Wireless Antenna Need Test
— In Telecommunications (WE-WANT-IT) Bill / Ordinance

Ordinance WE-WANT-IT Text:

WE-WANT-IT would require a Comprehensive Wireless Signal Strength Test to be conducted every six months by an independent RF Engineer, who will log, second-by-second, the Wireless signal-strength levels in dBm (decibel-milliWatts) of every carrier-specific licensed and unlicensed wireless frequency that is being transmitted to the streets of every local authority (every city, town, village or unincorporated county area). The full data file for each WE-WANT-IT test will be placed in the public record of each respective authority for anyone to view, analyze and verify and will serve as the basis for local decisions, regarding:

  • the need for any additional Wireless infrastructure; and
  • the placement, construction, modification and operations of WTFs of Any G within the authority’s borders.

The Cost for each WE-WANT-IT test would be paid by antenna operators on a pro rata basis: the share of each Wireless Company’s antenna capabilities, meaning the percentage of the sum of the maximum Effective Radiated Power that could be transmitted by each antenna operating within the authority’s borders.

Biologically-Based RF Microwave Radiation Exposure Guidelines

To compare, explore this link to “FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation”

BioInitiative, 2019: “A scientific benchmark of 30 µW/m² for lowest observed effect level for RF microwave radiation is based on mobile phone base station-level studies. Applying a ten-fold reduction to compensate for the lack of long-term exposure (to provide a safety buffer for chronic exposure) or for children as a sensitive subpopulation yields a 3 to 6 µW/m² RF Microwave Radiation exposure guideline”

Similar scientifically-based RF Microwave Radiation Exposure Guidelines are published by the International Institute for Building-Biology & Ecology:

No Hazard Slight Hazard Severe Hazard Extreme Hazard
< 0.1 µW/m² 0.1 µW/m² to 10 µW/m² 10 µW/m² to 1,000 µW/m² > 1,000 µW/m²
  • µW/m² = millionths of a Watt per square meter (a measurement of power flux density)
  • Power flux density (PFD) = the amount of electrical power that flows through a unit area: expressed as microWatts (µW) per square meter (m²).
  • PFD measures only the rate of electrical power, NOT the total electrical power delivered over time, which requires the rate to be multiplied by the time of exposure and then requires reporting the results in a more relevant unit: µW-seconds/m² or µJoules/m²
  • Average µW/m² readings, as specified by the FCC, significantly under-report the levels of pulsed, data-modulated, RF microwave radiation exposures for two reasons —
  • Peak RF microwave radiation exposures meter 100x–1000x higher than average RF microwave radiation for data-carrying, modulated, high-crest signals like Wi-Fi, 4G/LTE and 5G because of the duty cycle, inherent in these RF signals. Inexplicably, the FCC RF microwave radiation exposure guidelines only consider average RF microwave radiation exposures, which is a significant error because living organisms’ biology reacts to the sharp changes of RF microwave radiation from zero to peak levels and back again. This is more fully explained here: Palo Alto Whitewashes RF Microwave Radiation Exposure Hazards
  • The FCC RF microwave radiation exposure guidelines consider neither the time of exposure nor the total electrical power delivered over time, which is utter nonsense and scientifically unsound. This is more fully explained here: RF Microwave Radiation Counter.

Signal Strength RF Microwave Radiation Exposure Guidelines

dBm (decibel-milliwatts) is an abbreviation for the power ratio in decibels (dB) of the measured power referenced to one milliwatt (1 mW = 1/1,000 of a Watt). It is used in radio, microwave and fiber-optic communication networks as a convenient measure of absolute power because of its capability to express both very large and very small values in a short form. The following data is based on that published in the Cornet ED-85X Manual; the meter’s antenna is centered at 2,450 MHz and can meter RF Microwave Radiation from 700 MHz to 6,000 MHz.

dBm Power Density Comparison See Case No. 18-1051, Mozilla v FCC
0 dBm 580,000 µW/m² 322,000,000x higher Land of . . .
-5 dBm 180,000 µW/m² 100,000,000x higher

Land of

(No 1996-TCA Preemption)

-10 dBm 58,000 µW/m²    
-15 dBm 18,000 µW/m² 10,000,000x higher  
-20 dBm 5,800 µW/m²    
-25 dBm 1,800 µW/m² 1,000,000x higher  
-30 dBm 580 µW/m²    
-35 dBm 180 µW/m² 100,000x higher  
-40 dBm 58 µW/m²    
-45 dBm 18 µW/m² 10,000x higher  
-50 dBm 5.8 µW/m²    
-55 dBm 1.8 µW/m² 1,000x higher  
-60 dBm 0.58 µW/m²    
-65 dBm 0.18 µW/m² 100x higher  
-70 dBm .058 µW/m²    
-75 dBm .018 µW/m² 10x higher

Land of

(1996-TCA Premption)

-80 dBm .0058 µW/m²    
85 dBm 0.0018 µW/m² 5 Bars on a cell phone  
-90 dBm 0.00058 µW/m²    
-95 dBm 0.00018 µW/m² 1/10 lower  
-100 dBm 0.000058 µW/m²    
-105 dBm 0.000018 µW/m² 1/100 lower  
-110 dBm 0.0000058 µW/m²    
-115 dBm 0.0000018 µW/m² 1/1,000 lower  
-120 dBm 0.00000058 µW/m²    
-125 dBm 0.00000018 µW/m² 1/10,000 lower  

Conclusion: 0.002 µW/m² (-85 dBm) is all the RF microwave radiation that is needed for strong cellular service in a residential neighborhood. A locality can set a maximum power output limit from all frequencies/antennas from a WTF in the public rights-of-way at 0.1 Watt of Effective Radiated Power (ERP) because that provides -85 dBm signal strength at a ½-mile down the street, with five bars on a cell phone and everyone can make a call.

  • 0.002 µW/m² is 5 billion (5,000,000,000) times lower than the scientifically-unsound, FCC RF microwave radiation maximum public exposure guideline of 10,000,000 µW/m².
  • 0.002 µW/m² is still 2 billion (2,000,000,000) times higher than the PicoWatt (0.000000000001 Watt) electrical rates of power that human cell membranes use in regulating many key biological functions.

The simple math, above, clearly explains why Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRA) are hazardous and should not be allowed in public rights-of-way in residential zones.