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October 17, 2014
Most depressing. The following ruling was adopted by FCC on Oct. 17th, 2014. Anyone who questions what Tom Wheeler is capable of at that agency needs to just look at the rah-rah language of this document and the rationales. DAS is as bad as smart meters re: a new layer of ubiquitous RF. Creates significant harmonics on lines, too. This ruling essentially guts any local/state control over DAS systems.
Note in the Executive Summary, p. 15, #31 how they include in the DAS definition transceivers located at hub sites (cell towers). Although this ruling may reduce the number of new macrocells, it is also a backdoor to further preempt local tower siting control if DAS is part of the system. Very clever. This ruling also now excludes colocation of new systems on towers and buildings from further local review. That means wherever towers or roof-mounted antennas already exist, anything can pile on without additional state or local control. Add to this the fact that no one monitors for compliance with FCC standards, and the problem is obvious.
With this ruling, DAS is now categorically excluded by FCC from RF, NEPA, and Historical Preservation review, and Environmental Impact Statements. In hilly terrain where people were finding some RF-free zones, DAS will fill that in, quite cheaply for the telecoms. Note in the beginning how AT&T and Verizon are shifting to DAS. It was because of this pending ruling that AT&T put many cell tower proposals in abeyance. Their macrocells will be more carefully chosen now but the tools to challenge a bad site have just been neutered at the federal level.
This industry has been salivating for these waivers for a long time. They needed Wheeler, more public pressure for coverage, and the tech embrace of DAS by the big players (prior they only liked towers which no longer can handle the traffic) to get it. And with the FCC reviewing its RF standards with a likelihood of making them more lenient, they will have what they want. Macro and mico-cells will be able to put out more RF, less substantive review and/or ability to challenge in court, and no one can stop it without direct legal challenges to the FCC -- not easy to do. And the industry got it with no liability to themselves.
This is what happens when RF is waived off the table.
REQUEST FOR MORATORIUM ON WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES
Letter to the Editor printed in October edition of ATA News (Alberta Teachers' Association)
"The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) has raised important questions about wireless networks and devices in schools, warning that "teachers and school communities have not been informed regarding the implementation of Wi-Fi and any inherent potential hazards." They note that "teachers are rightly concerned for their personal safety and the safety of the children in their care."
"Due to an oversight, teachers were never informed that the World Health Organization reclassified wireless frequencies as a Class 2B carcinogen in the same category as lead and DDT, which is why a Los Angeles teachers' union passed a right-to-know resolution calling for teachers to be informed when their workplace hazards have changed.
"The CTF advises a prudent approach to the use of Wi-Fi in schools given the newness of broad Wi-Fi coverage and the difficulty in controlling variables in research around its use. The Federation is calling for measures to reduce exposure, such as installing on/off switches, and appealing for resources to educate the public. The ATA has a responsibility to act now to protect teachers, students and their futures.
"Teachers can learn about how to reduce their exposure by visiting the website of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), who are pushing for needed change. "
Richard Williams, an American rapper, explains in this video the current state of our social lives.
Why I Refuse to Let Technology Control Me.
You need not delete your social networks or destroy your cell phones, the message is simple, be balanced, be mindful, be present, be here. :)
Did you know the average person spends 4 years of his life looking down
at his cell phone?
Kind of ironic, ain't it?
How these touch-screens can make us lose touch.
But it's no wonder in a world filled with
IMac's, iPads and iPhones
So many "i"'s, so many selfies, not enough "us"'s and "we"'s
See, Technology has made us more selfish and separate than ever
Cause while it claims to connect us, connection has gotten no
And let me express first
Mr Zuckerberg, not to be rude, but you should re-classify Facebook
to what it is:
An anti-social network
Cause while we may have big friend lists
So many of us are friendless, all alone
Cause friendships are more broken than the screens on our very phones
We sit at home on our computers measuring self worth by
numbers of followers and Likes
Ignoring those who actually love us
It seems we'd rather write an angry post
Than talk to someone who might actually hug us
Am I bugging? You tell me...
I asked a friend the other day lets meet up face to face
They said all right, what time you wanna Skype?
I responded with omg, srs, and then a bunch of smh's
And realized what about me?
Do I not have the patience to have conversation without
This is the generation of media over stimulation
Chats have been reduced to snaps
The news is 140 characters
Videos are 6 seconds at high speed
And you wonder why ADD is on the rise faster than 4G LTE
But, get a load of this
Studies show the attention span of the average adult today
Is one second lower than that of a gold fish .
So if, you're one of the few people or aquatic animals that have
yet to click off or close this video, congratulations.
Let me finish by saying you do have a choice, yes
But this one my friends we cannot Auto-Correct - we must do it
Take control or be controlled, Make a decision
Me? No longer do I want to spoil a precious moment by recording it
with a phone
I'm just gonna keep them
I don't wanna take a picture of all my meals anymore -
I'm just gonna eat them
I don't want the new app, the new software, or the new update.
And If I wanna post an old photo of myself who says I have to wait
I'm so tired of performing in the pageantry of vanity
And conforming to this accepted form of digital insanity .
Call me crazy but, I imagine a world where we
smile when we have low batteries
Cause that will mean we'll be one bar closer - to humanity.
Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation
In Memory of police officer Roger Carlstrom
"We have received the sad news that Roger Carlstrom from Trelleborg, Sweden has left us. He died on October 3, only 8 days before his 50th birthday, from the brain tumor he was diagnosed with in December 2011.
"Roger worked as a police officer for over 25 years and was at the time of the onset of the brain tumor field officer at Trelleborg Police.
"Roger Carlstrom was our friend. His courage was unique and he cared genuinely for other people. These characteristics prompted him to openly talk about his illness and what caused it. He was convinced that it was caused by the new police radio system Tetra. Roger wanted to warn others so that they would not be injured as he was.
"He told me in 2012: "I am absolutely sure that it isTetra that caused my tumor. I am extremely concerned that other officers or persons in the emergency services will also be affected." . . .
"But it was not enough for him to just warn the police force. Roger realized that other wireless technologies can be equally damaging, especially wireless networks, wifi. He got the same symptoms from wifi as from Tetra. . . .
Fearless Parent: Thinking for a Change - Louise Kuo Habakus
"Is anyone in your house dealing with health issues that just won't go away no matter what foods you eat, which supplements you take, or how many practitioners and therapies you run through?
Is your child anxious, hyperactive, erratic, ticking, angry, foggy, forgetful, sleepless, nauseous, sluggish, dizzy, itchy, congested, or in pain?
Based on the extensive evidence base and reinforced by the volume of anecdotal stories I'm hearing, it's worth trying this . . .
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ONTARIO SCHOOLS - C4ST
"TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2014 /CNW/ -
"A survey published today shows that a hundred candidates running for school Trustee in next week's election say school Boards must reassess the safety of Wi-Fi.
"The survey, published by Canadians For Safe Technology has revealed that the safety of Wi-Fi in schools is strongly on the radar of parents and teachers across Ontario.
"Wireless technology is being adopted in our schools faster than our understanding of its possible side effects," said Howard Kaplan, Toronto District School Board Trustee for York Centre.
"There are enough teachers unions asking for caution that it's clear we must slow down and examine the safety of so many wireless devices in our schools," he said.
"Kaplan is part of the Toronto Board's Learning Technology Workforce, and is also Chair of the Health and Mental Well Being Committee for Toronto schools.
"I sit at the intersection of technology and health and there are enough warnings that we can't ignore them any more," he said. . . .
" . . . Among the suggestions from candidates is that teachers be allowed to turn off a Wi-Fi router when not in use, and that students be told about the fine-print health warnings that come with most wireless devices installed in their schools.
Dr. Manfred Spitzer: The too frequent use of digital media reduces the mental capacity of our children
by Dr. Rudolf Hansel, qualified psychologist, Lindau/Germany
Op-ed from Kevin Kunze. His recent documentary, 'Mobilize,' explores the possible long-term health effects from cell phone radiation and the influence companies can have on public health.
" . . . The cell phone industry has already threatened to sue the City of Berkeley if they pass this ordinance. The legislation to be considered by Berkeley simply requires that retailers inform their customers about information that is already provided in their user manuals.
"Esteemed Harvard Constitutional Law Professor Larry Lessig has expressed his opinion that this draft ordinance does not violate industry's legal rights. Professor Lessig feels strongly that citizens have the right to be informed of this important safety information, and he has agreed to defend it pro bono all the way to the Supreme Court if industry files a lawsuit. . .
"It's been nearly 20 years since our national government first implemented radiation standards for cell phones. Instead of waiting for federal legislation, it's time for our local government to protect our health and that of our children. Please write to your council member and join us on October 28 to support this important ordinance. Thank you very much for your time and support.
"Berkeleyside welcomes submissions of op-ed articles. We ask that we are given first refusal to publish. Topics should be Berkeley-related, local authors are preferred, and we don't publish anonymous pieces. Please email submissions to us. Berkeleyside will publish op-ed pieces at its discretion."
Comment by midnight Oct. 20th - Peril on the Road: Wireless Mandated Vehicles
N.B. Comment deadline is now past. The following is for your information:
"The US Dept. of Transportation is accepting comments until midnight, Monday, Oct. 20.
"When you think things can't get crazier, things get crazier. If this is approved, all American-made cars will be wireless.
"Aside from health, what are the safety implications of ramping up wireless exposures to millions of electro-intolerant drivers?
Not in our car!
"The Department of Transportation is proposing to require "vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication" in all light vehicles in the United States . . .
"Please make a comment this weekend even if it is a brief statement. Building a record of opposition is very important.
"It's not going to make our roadways any safer if we're causing heart problems, blurry vision, or headaches in drivers. Submit Your Comments in 3 Places:
Comment here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=NHTSA-2014-0022-0002
Comment here (Research Report): http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NHTSA-2014-0022
Comment here: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications
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"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
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