2017-09-18 BCUC has asked Hydro to respond to fire report.

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1)     Today I was cc’d on an email from the BCUC regarding the fire report. It is below in Letters along with my response.  Now we wait for BC Hydro to respond.

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2)    Please see below in Letters an article in full (which had to be copied because the entire article was not available at the posted link) re. the promotion of 5G in the USA. It is seen as yet another economic incentive without considering any of the expensive health effects.

Two lawmakers introduced a bipartisan House resolution on Thursday that aims to speed the deployment of 5G networks, saying Congress must recognize the potential the technology holds for future growth and investment. 

House Resolution 521 asserts that the U.S. government must “promote the deployment of 5G networks in a manner that encourages robust investment, job creation, economic growth, and continued United States leadership in developing next-generation wireless technologies” and “advance 5G networks as a way of closing the digital divide and reducing the disparity in quality communications services available in rural areas.”

https://www.law360.com/articles/964450/house-introduces-resolution-to-encourage-5g-rollout

3)    A screening of the Documentary “Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age” will be shown in Oak Bay on Oct. 5.  Unfortunately, this does not cover health effects of RF but perhaps there will be discussion afterwards where this topic can be raised.

https://www.oakbay.ca/parks-recreation/news/spotlight/screenagers-growing-digital-age

4)    With the new school year, more children are being exposed to more wireless technology and microwave radiation. For some reason, many people think access to the interest must be wireless. They equate Wi-Fi with internet because that is all they know. Part of the education must be to let them know there are major advantages to having hard-wired internet access, especially if that hard wire can be fiber optic cable. This is a great article for parents, teachers and others who can put pressure on the school boards.

WiFi In Schools 

“Schools are becoming increasingly aware that healthy and environmentally friendly facilities foster academic achievement and staff well-being. Low-EMF Best Practices allow for schools and safe technology to work together, using safe wired internet connections, thus reducing the overall impact on students and staff. Schools can incorporate Safe Tech Curriculum into health classes so that they can use their devices more safely at home, as well at school.”

https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/cell-phoneswireless/wifi-in-schools/

5)    A few years ago, there was a push by a Councillor for free Wi-Fi in Toronto’s city parks.  In response, some doctors wrote, advising about the adverse health effects with which they were familiar. The letters were written in 2013 with some important information. I will see if I can get permission from these doctors for us to use them widely, and to see if they have an updated version.  In April 2013, Toronto was pushing for more Wi-Fi hotspots in public places:

http://joshmatlow.ca/josh-in-the-news/1776-toronto-star-what-became-of-torontos-push-for-free-public-wi-fi.html

I have been given permission by Dr. Hugh Scully to use his letter widely. I hope you will share in your communications when you think appropriate.  I am going to ask Dr. Sinatra for his permission, and will let you know when he responds.

http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/canadian-doctors-speak-out-against-wifi-in-toronto-parks/

6)     In my update 2017-09-17, I included an article about a major cell phone lawsuit. I thought the article that I had was current, but several members checked it out and found that, in fact, this lawsuit was dropped several years ago in the UK. Sorry about the misinformation. In fact, I thought it was somehow connected to a USA lawsuit that has been started in Washington, DC.  I had asked for more info about the current status of that lawsuit and this is what I learned:

“The analog cell phone/brain cancer case brought by Dr. Chris Newman in the early 2000s, that he represented, is still tied up in the court. I believe this case has been merged with 2-3 dozen other cellphone/brain tumor tort cases in the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.  Those tort claims are now represented by Morgenroth and Morgenroth, a D.C law firm. There have not been any court hearings as the defendants have raised technical issues to preclude that happening.”

Here is info about the lawsuit I thought I was informing you about.  Sorry … and many thanks to the members for informing about this.

Lawsuit: US Superior Court Oks Expert Cell Phone Radiation Brain Tumor Testimony

https://www.rfsafe.com/sa-superior-court-oks-expert-testimony-brain-tumors-cell-phone-radiation/

Letters:

From: Sharon Noble
Sent: September 18, 2017 8:50 PM
To: ‘Complaints BCUC:EX’ <Complaints@bcuc.com>; customer.relations@bchydro.com
Subject: S. Noble- Smart Meter safety complaint

Dear Ms. Tresoglavic,

I appreciate your requesting a response to my fire report by BC Hydro and I look forward to receiving it.

Since many of the issues relate and pertain to BCUC directly, I assume that the Commission will be providing a response, separate from BC Hydro. I would appreciate it if you could tell me when I might expect it.

Regards,

Sharon Noble

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From: Complaints BCUC:EX [mailto:Complaints@bcuc.com]
Sent: September 18, 2017 3:35 PM
To: customer.relations@bchydro.com
Cc: Sharon Noble
Subject: S. Noble- Smart Meter safety complaint

Good afternoon,

The BC Utilities Commission is in receipt of correspondence from Ms. Noble. Ms. Noble has provided a report regarding her smart meter safety concerns.

Commission staff request BC Hydro to please review the correspondence and respond to the Commission and Ms. Noble. Please provide your response by October 18, 2017.

*Due to the size of the document it could not be emailed to you but a DVD with the document was delivered. Here is a link to a portion of the document as well. ** http://stopsmartmetersbc.com/SMFireReport/SuperReportSmartMetersKW.pdf **

Regards,

Marija Tresoglavic
Junior Analyst, Compliance and MRS

British Columbia Utilities Commission

P: 604.660.4057 BC Toll Free: 1.800.663.1385  F: 604.660.1102

bcuc.com

[** Please note that the old link above should be replaced with the updated links below: ]

1) http://tinyurl.com/SMFireReport

2) http://tinyurl.com/AppendixWSpreadsheet

3) http://tinyurl.com/SuperReportDataVol-ISupporting Documentation (A-M)

4) http://tinyurl.com/SuperReportDataVol-IISupporting Documentation (cont’d)  (N-W)

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House Introduces Resolution To Encourage 5G Rollout

By Kelcee Griffis

https://www.law360.com/articles/964450/house-introduces-resolution-to-encourage-5g-rollout

Law360, New York (September 15, 2017, 3:11 PM EDT) — Two lawmakers introduced a bipartisan House resolution on Thursday that aims to speed the deployment of 5G networks, saying Congress must recognize the potential the technology holds for future growth and investment.

House Resolution 521 asserts that the U.S. government must “promote the deployment of 5G networks in a manner that encourages robust investment, job creation, economic growth, and continued United States leadership in developing next-generation wireless technologies” and “advance 5G networks as a way of closing the digital divide and reducing the disparity in quality communications services available in rural areas.”

The resolution notes that 5G is poised to open up at least 3 million jobs and generate $275 billion in infrastructure investments, and it acknowledges that “many states and localities are streamlining policies to facilitate siting and small cell deployment in support of 5G networks.”

The resolution’s sponsors, Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., expressed optimism about the forthcoming capabilities of 5G, saying the resolution could help pave the way for technological breakthroughs.

“5G technology unleashes possibilities that we have only imagined up until this point, such as driverless vehicles to create safer commutes to and from work, wireless security devices to secure our homes even when we are not there, and almost instant connectivity with first responders in the time of emergency,” said Brooks in a statement.

Dingell said she looks forward to “exploring how 5G will impact our communities and how Congress can help lay the groundwork for this emerging technology that will improve our economy and grow innovation for years to come.”

Although yet unreleased, 5G networks are expected to rely on a different infrastructure composition than the current 4G standard, incorporating higher-frequency bands and more small cell sites. 5G networks are forecasted to offer faster connections and the ability to better handle the growing number of connected devices.

Wireless trade association CTIA applauded the resolution, saying in a statement that “the wireless industry is ready to invest hundreds of billions of dollars to make high speed 5G wireless services a reality for millions of consumers and businesses.”

The resolution comes as industry players and local governments lay out a framework in anticipation of a 5G rollout.

A Texas law that took effect at the beginning of the month imposed price caps on permits to install so-called small cell nodes, which will undergird 5G wireless networks, significantly limiting the application prices that municipalities may charge. And in May, Verizon  announced that it had struck a $3.1 billion acquisition deal with Straight Path Communications , lauding the deal as an opportunity to snap up a company with a strong portfolio of spectrum configured for 5G services.

–Additional reporting by Nicole Narrea and Chelsea Naso. Editing by Jack Karp.

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

Even if all the experts agree, they may well be mistaken.
~ Bertrand Russell