1) A group in Iowa used our Opt Out Chart (http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/OPT-OUT-FEES.pdf) for their smeter hearings and supplemented it. The detailed info they obtained will be added to our chart, and below is the concise summary. This confirms that many US utilities are allowing analogs to be used, even with solar systems. Why is BC Hydro so insistent that this cannot/will not be allowed in BC? Please keep pressure on John Horgan and Michelle Mungall about this. [http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/z/bc-contact-e-mail-lists/]
“There were a total of 59 Utilities that were canvassed by phone in preparation of these reports. Of these, there are 46 utilities that have some form of smart meter program in place now. Of these 46 utilities, two use Power Line Carrier and one uses non rf SM – AMR for their means of transmission. Of these 46, there are 22 utilities that allow analogs either for solar or non solar. Of these 22 utilities, there are 13 utilities that allow analog for solar, 18 that allow analogs for non solar, and 9 that offer analogs for both solar and non solar. Of these 13 utilities, there are 10 that allow analog with fees for solar whether they be installation or monthly fees with 2 that charge no fees and 1 unknown. There are 3 non solar utilities that charge no fees. The average opt out installation fee is $76,21 and the average monthly opt out fee is $18.”
2) Small cell, DAS, internal and exterior antenna systems. This makes for a work and living environment where constant exposure to multiple frequencies is impossible to avoid.
What is DAS and small cell technology?
“Since 70% of cellular calls and 80% of data traffic originate from within buildings, providing adequate coverage is a necessity. Find out how wireless solutions utilizing DAS and small cell technology can ensure you’re connected.”
3) Screen addiction is getting the attention of the telecoms who seem to have come up with various solutions including, believe it or not, a smaller phone so that the screen is smaller – “less screen time”….
Are you ready to break up with your phone?
“Devices like the Nokia phone from HMD Global and the tiny Palm phone are marketed as companion devices – in Nokia’s case with less functionality, in Palm’s case just smaller – to give us a break from our main device.
“It’s quite apparent that the industry still wants to keep selling phones,” said CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood.
“It is a little bit ironic that they are trying to sell you a little phone to do the same thing [as your big phone].””
4) A relatively new group in Pennsylvania fighting smeters. You don’t have to be on Facebook to look at their info. or to provide comments.
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
“An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power, or money, or fame, but in fact driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness – So much so that he or she is compelled by some moral engine to act to make it better.” ~ Eve Ensler