2019-01-29 FCC being investigated re. 5G

1)  Another US state has rejected smeters. The most recent is Virginia, primarily due to costs and lack of sufficient benefits. Perhaps with costs of replacement of smeters after 5-7 years, even BC will realize that the financial costs are not sustainable.

Virginia rejects majority of Dominion’s $6B grid modernization plan, smart meter rollout

 

“The denial follows a trend of states balking at the cost of smart meters and a slowdown in the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), which is often considered fundamental to the next generation electric grid.

Virginia regulators joined their counterparts in Kentucky and Massachusetts in denying smart meter proposals, part of a trend that has seen AMI deployment flatline at roughly 50% of electric customers. The meters, capable of sharing granular information between consumer devices and the electric utility, can be used to provide demand response signals, integrate more renewable energy and develop time-of-use pricing.”

 

2) This is from a member. As she says, it’s too bad that the full story about Huawei and the ramifications of possible cybersecurity attacks and access to personal data are part of the story – a part that is being ignored. Perhaps if CBC were contacted by enough people, they would consider another program about Huawei.

CBC radio today reported debate going on in government as to whether Huawei 5G should be blocked from Canada. Of course no mainstream I have heard re the ongoing CEO detention ever mentions any aspect other than political, financial, or the 3 unfortunate Canadians held in China. It would be great if interests other than health actually succeeded in blocking Huawei.”

 

3)  The US Federal Communications Commission has limited/restricted local government input over the siting of microcells and the 5G infrastructure. Now, an oversight committee is investigating this decision regarding the regulatory body’s possible “gaming” of the system for the benefit of the telecoms. The FCC is loaded with former industry people, just as is true in Canada’s agencies.

House committee investigates FCC over 5G infrastructure order

 

“It has come to our attention that certain individuals at the FCC may have urged companies to challenge the order the commission adopted in order to game the judicial lottery procedure and intimated the agency would look unfavorably toward entities that were not helpful,” wrote committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-New Jersey) and Mike Doyle (D-Pennsylvania), chairman of the subcommittee on communications and technology, in a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “If true, it would be inappropriate for the FCC to leverage its power as a regulator to influence regulated companies to further its agenda in seeking a more friendly court.”

 

Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

 “Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.”   ~ Albert Einstein

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