2019-04-11 Spectrum sales — conflicts of interest in Fed. Govt.

1)  The sale of spectrum to telecoms, which happens regularly, brings billions of dollars into the Federal government’s pocket. This is the reason that we have Health Canada ignoring science and ISED (formerly Industry Canada) promoting proliferation of wireless technology. Paying $931 million, Telus now has a very dangerous frequency, 600 MHz, to use for 5G. This can be emitted from the microcells and will “infiltrate” just about anything, being much stronger than milliwave frequencies. If only the sale of fiber optic cable could result in similar gains, we would be able to make our homes and environment much safer.

TELUS SECURES NEW 600 MHZ SPECTRUM LICENCES

“”The acquisition and deployment of this spectrum is critical to the advancement of our national 5G growth strategy and to the global-leading network quality, speed and coverage we provide to Canadians,” said Telus president and chief executive officer Darren Entwistle. “As the demand for wireless data continues to grow, the acquisition of 600-megahertz spectrum will enable Telus to deliver enhanced urban and rural connectivity to our customers on Canada’s fastest and most reliable network.”

The 600-megahertz band is important for its ability to travel great distances in rural areas and infiltrate barriers to better reach in-building locations, such as elevators and parking garages, making it highly conducive to 5G deployment. Telus’s 4G LTE network covers 99 per cent of Canada’s population, and the addition of 600-megahertz spectrum will allow Telus to increase urban capacity, while also expanding the rural availability of wireless broadband service. Telus has invested more than $6-billion in spectrum-related costs since 2008, and over $54-billion in technology across the country since 2000.”

https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/04/10/1802374/0/en/TELUS-secures-new-600-MHz-spectrum-licences.html

Rogers spends nearly half the $3.47 billion raised by wireless spectrum auction

“Rogers Communications will spend $1.72 billion to acquire spectrum licences from the federal government, making it by far the biggest spender in a hard-fought auction that pitted Canada’s wireless companies against each other.

The Canadian treasury will get a total of nearly $3.47 billion from auctioning 104 licences to Canada’s wireless networks, which are racing to get ready for fifth-generation technology that will roll out over a decade or so…

Next year’s auction will be for 3,500 MHz licences, which are even more valuable because they’re more widely used in fifth-generation networks around the world.”

https://www.thestar.com/business/2019/04/10/newsalert-canada-gets-nearly-35-billion-in-auction-of-wireless-spectrum-licences.html

2)  Further to the California Supreme Court decision regarding municipal rights over land-use, it appears that the court gave wider authority to local governments, and limits the rights of telecoms to site transmitters without regard to health and safety concerns. Perhaps this could apply to smeters, especially to collectors installed on rights of way.

Breaking: California Supreme Court affirms municipal authority to regulate utilities and right-of-way ‘small cell’ towers

“This opinion seems to go far beyond mere aesthetic standards — the focus of the lawsuit by T-Mobile West LLC — affirming the exercise of municipalities’ full police powers to regulate small cell towers in the public’s right of way, including that municipalities do have discretionary power.

These rulings have bearing on Smart Meters in California because of the affirmation of local policing powers. The Supreme Court and appellate court decisions repudiate CPUC claims of exclusive jurisdiction over utilities made during the Smart Meter roll-out…

“But travel is not the sole use of public roads; other uses may be incommoded beyond the obstruction of travel. (T-Mobile West, at pp. 355-356.) For example, lines or equipment might generate noise, cause negative health consequences, or create safety concerns. All these impacts could disturb public road use, or disturb its quiet enjoyment.””

https://smartmeterharm.org/2019/04/06/breaking-california-supreme-court-affirms-municipal-authority/ 

3)  A very concise article about 5G in an environmental journal. The effects on the environment, pollinators, plants, as well as humans, need to be emphasized. Once this technology goes live, there is no escaping the effects.

Concerns Mount Over the Roll-out of 5G

“Moves to roll out 5G (fifth-generation) mobile connectivity with apparently few local controls have raised serious concerns among health activists in the US. Chaired by a former telecoms-industry lawyer, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted proposals that rush permits through, cut fees for the industry, and effectively permit 5G masts to be sited on public poles, structures and rights of way – including close to bedrooms. As reported in the Ecologist in 2016, scientists have warned that higher-frequency 5G may introduce risks to insects, leaves, eyes and skin, due to its pulse and energy being concentrated in surface tissue.”

https://www.resurgence.org/magazine/article5260-concerns-mount-over-the-roll-out-of-5g.html

 

 

 Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters 

“We can´t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”     A. Einstein

www.stopsmartmetersbc.com