EMF Safety Network and Ecological Options Network filed these comments to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in WT Docket 17-84 on why copper lines must be retained and maintained. The FCC is discussing “retirement” of the copper line telephone system.
1. Copper landline phones save lives.
Copper landlines work when the power is out, fiber optics don’t. In an emergency, with no power, no phone, and no 911 services, people will be at risk for life threatening situations. Who will pay the price for this aggressive push to end copper landline service?
People with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)
Low income people
Residents of rural areas
People who want a choice
2. Copper landline phone systems cost less.
A fiber optic VOIP system requires internet service, computer, router, VOIP device, plus a phone. A VOIP system costs more to purchase, maintain, and replace worn out devices. A VOIP uses more electricity. A copper landline phone is simpler and more cost effective because it only requires a phone.
Our mission is to educate and empower people by providing science and solutions to reduce EMFs to improve lives, achieve public policy change, and obtain environmental justice.
With a worldwide pandemic in process and exponential increase in internet use, one step you can take is to switch from wireless internet to corded internet, with wireless turned off. You will need to call your internet provider to have them help you set it up. This will better protect you and our planet.
Peer-reviewed published studies link electromagnetic fields and wireless radiation (EMFs) to health problems including: fatigue, headaches, sleep problems, anxiety, ringing in the ears, heart problems, learning and memory disorders, increased cancer risk, and more. See this EMF Health Effects 2019 Survey.
Studies show radiation harms nature, and children are especially vulnerable. Precaution is advised by healthcare and science experts. In California and other states, prudent avoidance of EMFs is recommended public policy.
Prudent avoidance means taking steps to reduce exposure, for example using: corded (wireless off) internet; corded phones; and analog utility meters (no smart meters). And reduce cell phone use. Keep cell phones away from your body and away from children. Best to use cell phones for emergencies only (if at all). Learn to turn off the electricity at the breaker box; and set limits on computer and screen time, especially for children. We are working for this social change to protect children, public health, the natural environment, and our future. See What are EMFs? brochure.
For a current overview of EMF science watch the following video from the webinar “Invisible Hazards: State of the Science on EMF Health Impacts and Next Steps for Policy Change” which was held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Read more intro, or scroll down to read our blog.
[mashshare] PG&E deployed over nine million utility “smart meters” on homes and businesses in California. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) supported the multi-billion dollar deployment despite lawsuits and complaints about overcharges, privacy and security risks, fires and explosions, and health problems from the electromagnetic radiation (RF) smart meters emit.
The CPUC is responsible for regulating the utilities to ensure safe and reliable utility service. Instead, they partnered with PG&E and marketing companies on a smart meter propaganda campaign. CPUC President Michael Peevey intentionally delayed the legal process for years so PG&E could complete their deployment, despite knowing smart meters were overcharging and harming customers.
Thousands of emails between PG&E and the CPUC made public this year, illustrate their collusion and corruption. Together they concocted a punitive pay to opt out program, and ignored substantive complaints. The CPUC must address these issues by holding safety hearings, and restoring analog meters without coercive fees.
[mashshare] Utility smart meters, wi-fi, cell and cordless phones, and other common devices emit wireless radiation. The World Health Organization has classified wireless radiation as a 2B carcinogen, same as DDT and lead, based on studies linking wireless to brain tumors.
Wireless can also cause headaches, tinnitus, anxiety, insomnia, cognitive and heart problems, and more. Children are especially at risk.
The BioInitiative Report is a compilation of evidence by international doctors and scientists who evaluated thousands of studies. They warn about cancer and other health risks from wireless technology and recognize children are especially at risk, because their brains absorb more radiation than adults.
Click on the following links for more reasons to take precautions to protect yourself and your family.
On Sunday April 21, Center for Electrosmog Prevention, Stop OC Smart Meters and the EMF Safety Network gathered at the San Diego Earth Day Fair to educate the public about health and environmental risks of EMF and smart meter exposure.
The booth next door to ours was a 350 campaign raising awareness about the oil pipeline and they had a cut out of Obama on their booth which stood right next to the smart meter opt-out sign. It was a nice match.
Only one person came to the booth to argue about safety of smart meters, and the risks of radiation.
Every other person was very interested in having their cell phone measured. This gave people the opportunity to “hear” the sound of the radiation their cell phone emitted, even when they were not using it. Android and Iphones seemed to be the worst emitters, with many emitting “pings” and some emitting a wi-fi signal.
And finally here was one fairgoer who was willing to pose for the camera.
Last night Josh del Sol, Canadian filmmaker presented his new film, “Take Back Your Power- The Smart Meter Agenda Unveiled” at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Sebastopol CA. About 160 people attended the event.
John Eder, Sebastopol City council member welcomed the crowd, introduced the film maker and moderated the discussion which followed the film. The panel included Cindy Sage co-editor of the BioInitiative 2012 Report, Michael Neuert EMF electrician, Take Back Your Power director, Josh Del Sol, and EMF Safety Network director Sandi Maurer.
Cindy Sage, co-editor of the BioInitiative Report, and EMF Safety Network advisor said, “The campaign against smart meters is an international movement that started right here in Sebastopol!”
The event was a fundraiser for the film. After expenses were paid, $2,600 was raised, with a pledge of more donations to come! Josh del Sol expressed his tremendous gratitude for the support for the film. “I’m so grateful to the people of Sebastopol and to the EMF Safety Network for pre-screening this important film here. The film is nearing completion and our intention is to share this empowering documentary with the world!”
Dave Hubert, local resident said, “The film, though 90 minutes long, had me glued!”
Three years ago one of the first smart meter forums was held at the very same building by Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo. At that time people were being forced to have the smart meters, and PG&E refused to remove them for people with health complaints. Much outrage was expressed.
This year comments and questions for the panel included why is this grid being rolled out worldwide; a local doctor said she is seeing many more patients with nervous system problems; and a suggestion was made to create a medical registry for people injured by EMF’s.
Today the EMF Safety Network filed a CPUC protest to PG&E’s Smart Meter opt-out proposal. In addition Network is requesting reassignment of the Administrative Law Judge , Timothy Sullivan. Sullivan was the judge who parroted PG&E’s unsubstantiated safety claims and proposed dismissing our original CPUC application.
From the Protest Conclusion:
“PG&E’s application is an inadequate solution to serious Smart Meter
problems that the Commission and California utilities have failed to address. It is
wrong to require ratepayers to pay to escape from threats to their health and
ensure safety in their own homes. PG&E’s proposed charges will be an unfair
burden and will harm ratepayers.
The Commission should first order a Smart Meter moratorium, then modify
PG&E’s requested relief to provide ratepayers safe and reliable utility service at
reasonable rates. The Commission should schedule evidentiary hearings on
contested issues. Network intends to participate in the hearings. The Commission
should order PG&E to allow ratepayers to keep their analog meters or restore
analog meters at no additional cost. Ratepayers should not have to bear the
financial burden for the failure of the Smart Meter program.