2017-01-02 Microcells – time to raise issue with all levels of government

[BC Hydro – Cell Towers – CK Chou – CTIA – Data – Federation of Canadian Municipalities – JA Elder – EMR – Frey Effect – Homeland Security – the Hum – Industry Canada – IoT – Lisa Monaco – Microcells – Microwave Hearing – Motorola – Privacy – RF – Security – Smart Grid – Telus – UBCM | BC –  California – Memphis Tennessee, USA]

1)     I would like to encourage all Coalition members to contact your Councillors and Mayors to have the issue of microcells brought before the UBCM this year. About 3 years ago, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities fought the CTIA to get a loophole closed, the one that said meters put on towers under 15 m didn’t have to go through the normal approval and notification process. But in hindsight, it seems this was a ploy, a farce. The CTIA probably knew that new towers would be few and far between, that the key was putting transmitters on existing structures, e.g. Hydro poles. Industry Canada’s policies say that no municipal approval or notification is required if the transmitter is put on any existing structure, e.g. tower, apartment building, etc. These microcells are being put on BC Hydro poles often just a few feet from bedroom windows.

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The municipalities have lost any control whatsoever now for the vast majority of new transmitters which will increase in number dramatically with 5G.  They need to raise this issue with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and put pressure on Industry Canada and the CTIA to change the policy so that municipalities and residents must be notified and consulted with regard to these transmitters.

We deserve to have control over the siting of transmitters right outside our homes – and the municipalities should be helping us fight for this. They should be upset that they fought hard for something that was a throw away.

2)    In Memphis, Tennessee, people are allowed to opt out of the smeter program with no fees, but look at the lies that are given in this information sheet. I bet many will sound familiar to you….  For example:

  • Are smart meters secure?

o    Yes. Smart meters transmit encrypted consumption data wirelessly to MLGW. The meter manufacturer and the wireless communications network use proprietary meter and transmission protocols to defend against unauthorized data access. Encryption is used at each step of the data transmission process: at the meter, during transit from the meter to the communications network and then again at MLGW. (This is much like sending a secure text message once a day from your cell phone through your cellular provider.)

http://www.mlgw.com/smart-grid/smartgridfaq

3)    The Internet of Things has made our homes open to the utility companies via smeters but also vulnerable to intrusion from all sorts of strangers. We need to get back to the safe analog, hard wired devices if we wish to increase privacy and security.

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In a Dec. 9 visit to the Christian Science Monitor Breakfast, a routine stop for policymakers and elected officials, United States Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco made a comment that was anything but routine.

Speaking about violent state and non-state actors, Monaco said, “…the range and diversity of vectors through which these actors are conducting malicious cyber activity [will increase]; the Internet of Things is going to pose a huge challenge that the next team will increasingly need to focus on.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/technology/312169-your-smart-home-could-kill-you

4)    California is looking to expand its grid to join with the western states to share renewable energy. Could this eventually expand to include BC?   At the same time, California is encouraging “decentralized” grids, with more local solar operations and storage.

“This could be a big year for California’s power grid: If state lawmakers assent, California could start merging its grid with those of its neighbors to create an enormous Western power market. That would slash consumer bills and speed the deployment of renewable energy. And even though the grid could expand, the resources that produce, consume and store power could shrink. This is also poised to be the year when distributed energy resources — like solar panels on your rooftop, batteries in your garage or smart appliances in your kitchen — explode in popularity.”

http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/California-must-adopt-the-electrical-grid-of-the-10827713.php

5)    An article sent in by a member re. the “hum” or noise many people hear.

Comments from a member:

“In the past, I have often mentioned the Frey Effect or Microwave Hearing.  This paper is a discussion by 2 scientists at Motorola; yes, a technical paper but to understand and discuss the biological effects, we need to understand the foundation of EMR.”

Auditory Response to Pulsed Radiofrequency Energy by J.A. Elder and C.K. Chou – Motorola Florida Research Laboratories – Bioelectromagnetics Supplement 6:S162-S173 (2003) – November 14, 2003:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bem.10163/epdf

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”  
~ Thomas Jefferson.