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Australia - Testing liability for health trends (NBN National Broadband Network)
"Two northern NSW resident action groups campaigning against NBN towers have sent blood sample results to NBN Co and its contractors in a bid to scare them off their rollout plans.
"The groups - the Friends of Condong Ridge, which opposes a tower at Clothiers Creek, and the OREAD Project in Kyogle shire - say they have taken a leaf from the book of anti-cell tower campaigners in Wales.
"Under the strategy, residents take a blood test before a cell tower is erected and send the results with a legal liability letter to the telco, its contractors and the land owner hosting the tower.
"The letter states that further pathology tests will be undertaken once the tower is in place, and threatens litigation if any trend is uncovered between the 'before' and 'after' tests. . . .
"Blood tests represent a dramatic escalation in the avenues of opposition at the disposal of residents groups, who have typically used grassroots political action and pressure on councils to stop or shift the location of tower projects. "Despite appearances, Bloom said his group was not against the rollout of fast internet.
"We're pro fast internet but we don't believe fixed wireless is a good technology," he said.
"Bloom noted that when the fixed wireless contracts were awarded in 2011, fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) was not a rollout option as per the previous Labor Government's majority fibre-to-the-premise approach.
"However, Clothiers Creek has existing copper connections, and Bloom said he wanted to test their feasibility to carry internet services that could be much faster than fixed wireless. . . .
Wikipedia entry: "The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a national wholesale-only, open-access data network and is under development in Australia. It is based on the premise that fixed line and wireless broadband connections are sold to retail service providers (RSP), who then sell Internet access and other services to consumers.
The NBN was subject to political and industry debate for a number of years, before construction actually commenced. The 2013 Federal Election and subsequent change of government from Labor to the Liberal/National Coalition prompted a strategic review to be commissioned to determine the ideal infrastructure mix to deliver fast broadband across the country as quickly as possible. The review commenced in October 2013 and is due to report to government in December 2013. . .
Finance and Investment For Good - November 14, 2014
It is confusing about the District of Columbia (Washington DC) Superior Court. Washington DC is not one of the 50 US states. It's the District where the US Federal government resides and it has evolved through the years to become "almost" like one of the 50 states. All 50 states have multiple Superior Courts. In 1970 Washington DC formed its own Superior Court for civil and criminal trials.
When we hear of "court" and "Washington, DC", invariably it is the US Supreme Court which is the court of last resorts and the highest court in the country. Brain tumor lawsuits from all over the country have been, and are being, filed in Washington DC Superior Court, as it is advantageous for attorneys to file in Washington DC because of the District's excellent consumer protection laws. They are more favorable in DC than in most of the 50 states. It is a very unusual legal situation. The CTIA (Wireless Association) is located there, and the CTIA is named in all the lawsuits.
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"It is 1987 and Gordon Gekko stands on a windswept beach with a cell phone to his ear. He is talking on the world's first mobile phone - the Motorola DynaTac 8000X. It wasn't cheap back then costing $3,995 - which in today's terms is close to $9,000. Not surprising only the wealthiest could afford these phones, and Wall Street was the epicentre of an industry that became a global phenomenon over the next decades.
"Wall Street execs were the first to use cell phones. They have used them the longest and the most intensively. They were the first to upgrade to more powerful units. It is perhaps not surprising therefore that it is Wall Street firms that are the 'canary in the mine' in terms of litigation around the health impacts of long term cell phone use.
"The links between brain tumours and cell phones are hotly contested. As telcos fight a growing public relations battle that is flaring through social media, a little known legal case has continued to make its way through US courts.
Certified Class Proceedings - Applicants: Nomi Davis (Residential) and Jessica Klein (Commercial)
Part 1: ORDERS SOUGHT
Part 2: FACTUAL BASIS
Part 3: LEGAL BASIS
Part 4: MATERIAL TO BE RELIED ON
RESIDENTIAL CLASS DESCRIPTION
COMMERCIAL CLASS DESCRIPTION
PLAINTIFFS' PROPOSED LITIGATION PLAN
Notice and op-out / opt-in
Litigation relating to the common issues
Case Management and Interlocutory Applications
Individual Issues Determination
SCHEDULE "A" to PLAINTIFFS' PROPOSED LITIGATION PLAN
NOTICE TO BC HYDRO RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
CERTIFICATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CLASS ACTION
REGARDING "SMART METERS"
THE CLASS ACTION
THE CERTIFICATION ORDER
YOU MAY STILL OBJECT
WHAT TO DO IF YOU MEET THE CLASS DEFINITION
NOTICE TO BC HYDRO COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS
CERTIFICATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CLASS ACTION
REGARDING "SMART METERS"
THE CLASS ACTION
THE CERTIFICATION ORDER
YOU MAY STILL OBJECT
WHAT TO DO IF YOU MEET THE CLASS DEFINITION
by PAUL KENDALL, Daily Mail
"A Vodafone spokesman said that if any compensation claims were filed directly against the company itself, they would be 'vigorously' opposed...."
Official letter from the Los Angeles Public School District's Division of Risk Management and Insurance Services
"The Los Angeles Public School District (LAUSD) has officially accommodated a teacher who is sensitive to WiFi. This is the first accommodation that I've seen, and LAUSD is the second largest public school district in the US. From the attached letter:
"The Committee reconvened September 9, 2014. After reviewing and taking into consideration all of the documentation you submitted as part of your request, the information you presented during the meeting, and reviewing alternate accommodations, the Committee approved your request to have the Wi-Fi turned off in your classroom during the 2014-2015 school year. As an alternate accommodation, the Committee also approved a reassignment to a different school site where Wi-Fi has yet to be installed."
"This is incredibly important. Demanding access to "wireless-free" zones is, by my way of thinking, one of the most important ways to fight the proliferation of wireless and, at the same time, educate an unsuspecting public.
"In the US, the Common Core educational agenda (promoted, in part, by Bill Gates), has been accepted by almost all 50 states, and mandates computerized testing. The presumption within the schools is that this testing must be simultaneously taken by students using their wireless tablets. The language within Common Core does not specifically state that wireless must be used in all cases, but it does focus on the latest advancements in technology -- and so the presumption that all students must use and be tested on wireless tablets continues to grow.
"Therefore I see this as one of the most important statements in the attached letter: "You also told the Committee the Common Core can be utilized on any PC and an iPad is not necessary."
"This letter should be used around the world to support equal access in our increasingly wireless environments including schools, libraries, doctors' offices, hospitals, day care, fire stations and all county and state buildings. I believe the language in New York's accommodation laws might take the enclosed ruling and apply it absolutely."
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Public Citizen Consumer Law and Policy Blog - Guest Post by Deborah Kopald
" The use of Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies has created problems. "An Open Letter to Phillips Exeter Academy about Wi-Fi", which I wrote to my alma mater, details the public health problem Wi-Fi has created and some legal ramifications of its use.
"Some people who lived too close to TV broadcast and radar towers developed symptoms of Microwave Sickness, a condition observed in military and industrial occupational settings during the Cold War. The next wave of microwave-emitting infrastructure, cell towers, lived up to the billing of their military and industry-owned cousins with subsequent studies (none were commissioned in the United States) showing elevated numbers of people within 1,500 feet experiencing symptoms of Microwave Sickness. . .
" . . . The current proposal by the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT) to turn 7,500 payphones in New York City and 2,500 additional locations into high-powered wireless hotspots would cause the city to engage in systemic violations of its own code. The New York City Human Rights Law offers reasonable accommodation to persons with many medical conditions including pregnant women (as of January, 2014). The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) issued recommendations in 2012 stating that people with most medical conditions would benefit from avoiding electromagnetic and radiofrequency radiation exposure, and epidemiologist Devra Davis stated that pregnant women should avoid proximity to wireless routers at a press conference in New York City in June, 2014. Today, pregnant women and people with many medical conditions can assert reasonable accommodation by getting routers turned off indoors; once the hotspots, which are much higher powered than a router, are rolled out, the sidewalks will become inaccessible to some; others will not be able to follow doctors' orders if they must go to the city of New York and simply walk on a street."
[Deborah Kopald (BA, Harvard; MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management) is an environmental health and public policy consultant and author who has developed and overseen the passage of legislative initiatives and has served as a guest expert at various media outlets. In 2013, she organized and moderated The Conference on Corporate Interference with Science and Health in New York City. The conference proceedings were published in Reviews on Environmental Health.]
National Grid cut off electricity for non-payment, resulting in death of 6-year-old girl
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Stop Smart Meters Massachusetts
Contact: Patricia Burke 508-376-5360
The death of a 6 year-old girl in a NY home where National Grid cut off electricity for non-payment has amplified human rights and environmental activist group Stop Smart Meters Massachusetts' request for an investigation into the expense to ratepayers of the Department of Public Utilities smart meter mandate. The group has also called for an audit of the controversial $48M, 15,000 meter Worcester pilot program, which is 5 times larger and far more expensive than the Green Communities Act mandate.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected in the NY death due to the use of an indoor propane heater. The Chicago area Advanced Metering Infrastructure Health Impact Assessment, conducted in partnership between the National Center for Medical Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center , and Citizens Utility Board noted that customers deprived of electricity often turn to unsafe alternatives, endangering health and safety. Wireless smart meters enable two-way communication between the utility and the home. 111 municipalities in Quebec have called for a moratorium and/or free opt out. Germany has rejected smart meter deployment. In the UK, the Committee of Public Accounts issued a report Sept. 9 casting doubt over the validity of the smart meter rollout, raising concerns over the cost-benefit to consumers and the ability of the energy market to keep costs down. Nations including Italy, the site of the Vatican leukemia lawsuit, opted for safer, faster; more secure hard-wired technology. Italy is not collecting private usage data from customers. Lakeland, Florida; Saskatchewan, Canada; Pennsylvania, and Oregon have removed thousands of smart meters due to fire hazards.
The Worcester pilot program, which included 242 microwave antennas, has been delayed due to contentious zoning battles regarding placement of towers in residential neighborhoods. Despite the fact that the pilot program has not proven smart meter effectiveness, the DPU has already mandated the technology for MA investor-owned utilities, estimated at a cost of over $7B to ratepayers.
Tim Knauss of Syracuse.com reported that in NY, "For the past decade, in good times and bad, National Grid has reported more than 200,000 customers a month - roughly one in seven - who are at least two months behind on their bills. Each year since 2006, National Grid has terminated between 49,000 and 61,000 residential accounts for nonpayment in its Upstate territory, which extends from Albany to Buffalo. For some customers, there is "a permanent level of unaffordability built into the rates,'' said William Yates, a senior financial analyst at Public Utility Law Project.
Larry Rulison of the Times-Union reported, " National Grid is forecasting that by the year 2029, the average residential electric bill, including electricity, delivery charges and taxes and fees, in upstate New York will rise from $89.62 a month to $132.38 -- an increase of 47 percent. And while the increase includes the expected rise in National Grid's operating costs, much of it is going to come from the rise in wholesale electricity costs over that period. Wholesale power prices could nearly double over the next 15 years, National Grid believes, growing from roughly 6 cents per kilowatt hour to nearly 11 cents." Central Maine Power requested an 8% rate hike increase instead of promised savings after statewide smart meter deployment.
Informed activists caution that the costly technology is untested, has not been monitored for environmental and health impacts, and relies on FCC guidelines that have not been reviewed since 1996. Concerns are mounting that consumers will be forced to pay for the technology twice, once for the initial installation, and then for the replacement cost once the shortcomings of the system are readily apparent.
The Department of Public Utilities relied on the testimony of tobacco scientist Peter Valberg from the product defense firm Gradient, while reports such as the Seletun Scientific Statement recognize biological harm occurring at radio frequency exposure levels far below US exposure guidelines, which have never been tested for children, pregnant women, the infirm, medically vulnerable, or elderly.
The Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council, which provided testimony in opposition to smart meters for MA DPU docket 12-76 stated, "The smart grid is increasingly understood as an over engineered, ill-advised, financial boondoggle at taxpayer expense, capable of endangering the security of the entire national grid, violating constitutional privacy protections and endangering public health. In addition, the smart grid/metering has not been found to save energy when all the new variables in the system are factored in. Plus, time-of-use pricing is largely punitive to those who can least afford it. Time-of-use pricing is fundamentally a Wall Street model designed to maintain shareholder profits as we transition to more energy efficient models that will reduce demand."
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Court Rules in Favor of Public Hearings - Telecom tower industry newsletter article
Between Nomi Davis and BC Hydro
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
BETWEEN: NOMI DAVIS, AS REPRESENTATIVE PLAINTIFF - PLAINTIFF
BRITISH COLUMBIA HYDRO AND POWER AUTHORITY - DEFENDANT
AMENDED NOTICE OF CIVIL CLAIM . . .
Part 1: Statement of Facts
B.The impugned conduct
i. Residential Contract
ii. Commercial Contract
ii. Microwave Device isnot necessary
D. The refusal (Residential)
D.2 The refusal (Commercial)
D.3 The Direct Communication
i. BC Hydro Communication
ii. Overlapping Issues
iii. Information withheld
iv. No notice to the plaintiff
E. The Residential Class
E.1 The Commercial Class
Part 2: RELIEF SOUGHT
Part 3: LEGAL BASIS
A. Rights and Freedoms
B. Causes of Action
Part 1: CONCISE SUMMARY OF NATURE OF CLAIM
PART 2: THIS CLAIM ARISES FROM TE FOLLOWING:
PART 3: THIS CLAIM INVOLVES
Hydro and Power Authority Act
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Clean Energy Act
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Citizens For Safe Technology
"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
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