Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 2016 Stop Smart Meters! Bulletin: CA Landline Alert!

May 2016 Stop Smart Meters! Bulletin: CA Landline Alert!

Stop Smart Meters! Bulletin

May 2016 — Volume 34

Twitter: @stopsmeters
Post: P.O. Box 682 Portola, CA 96122


"Nobody will tear up any copper line infrastructure.. It’s not going to least I don’t think it will happen."
- How very reassuring! Mike Gatto, Chair of the Utilities Committee, CA State Legislature District 43- LA on April 13th as he voted in favor of AB 2395 which would allow AT&T to tear up our copper line infrastructure. Watch the hearing (including SSM! testimony) here.


2. Save Landlines Protest Monday at AT&T Wireless Store in San Francisco
3. Guide to North American Smart Meter Policies
4. New ED88T ElectroSmog Meters & Brochures Available in Our Online Store
5. News Briefs: More Smart Meter Fire Tragedies, Revolt in NM

1. Defend our Safe and Reliable Analog Landline Telephones
Stop Smart Meters! is part of the new Coalition to Save Landline Telephones, an international coalition formed to defend our landline system, currently under attack. The coalition is presently focused on defeating AB 2395- a California bill that would permit AT&T to dismantle copper analog landlines, starting Jan. 1st, 2020 (in only 3 1/2 years!). Millions of people depend on landlines as the only safe and reliable means to call for help during power outages and emergencies, to access services, conduct business, and to reach our loved ones. The destruction of our landline network would disproportionately affect the poor, seniors, rural residents, those in prison, and others with few or no alternatives.

Telecom companies are bullying and deceiving customers into accepting more expensive, lower quality, unreliable digital phone connections that leave them vulnerable to hacking, scams, overcharges and serious health problems. More on the issues-->
Deadline May 24th: Telephone CA Assemblymembers on the Appropriations Committee- even if you live out of stateTell them to Vote NO on AB2395! You can also call after hours and leave a message.
Save Landlines Flyer in .pdf format for Download

CA Assembly Appropriations Committee:
  Lorena S. Gonzalez (Chair) (916) 319-2080
  Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair) (916) 319-2005
  Richard Bloom (916) 319-2050
  Susan A. Bonilla (916) 319-2014
  Rob Bonta (916) 319-2018
  Ian C. Calderon (916) 319-2057
  Ling Ling Chang (916) 319-2055
  Tom Daly (916) 319-2069
  Susan Talamantes Eggman (916) 319-2013
  James Gallagher (916) 319-2003
  Eduardo Garcia (916) 319-2056
  Roger Hernández (916) 319-2048
  Chris R. Holden (916) 319-2041
  Brian W. Jones (916) 319-2071
  Jay Obernolte (916) 319-2033
  Bill Quirk (916) 319-2020
  Miguel Santiago (916) 319-2053
  Donald P. Wagner (916) 319-2068
  Shirley N. Weber (916) 319-2079
  Jim Wood (916) 319-2002
AB2395 will be heard by this committee at 9 a.m. next Wednesday May 25th - Capitol Rm. 4202.Be there to speak out! (check for updates) 

2. This Monday in SF: Save Landlines Protest
Join the Coalition to Save Landline Telephones this coming Monday May 23rd at 11:30am at AT&T’s Wireless Store at 425 Market St. in San Francisco to demand AT&T stop its attacks on our landlines, and that the State Legislature kill AB 2395.

Who: The Coalition to Save Landline Telephones --
What: A Demonstration of Support for Landline Telephone
When: 11:30am Monday May 23rd
Where: AT&T Wireless Store 425 Market St. San Francisco (at Fremont St.)
Why: Because AT&T is Sponsoring State Legislation to Destroy our Landlines

Bring your friends, signs, and landline telephone handsets. For more information about this event, and to spread the word, click here. Any questions or media requests please

3. Guide to North American Smart Meter Policies Analog meter choice billsare being considered by a number of US state legislatures this year, in response to a drumbeat of public complaints. These states include: Missouri,Michigan, Maryland, MassachusettsOhioNew York, Pennsylvania, andTexas.
For a draft inventory of existing smart meter policies throughout North America (courtesy of BC’s Coalition to Stop Smart Meters) click here.

5.  News Briefs

Follow us on Twitter: For the latest campaign updates and links to breaking news stories, follow us on Twitter! We are @stopsmeters Our latest tweets also appear on our website.

Global Smart Meter Resistance Database Looking for local allies in the fight against smart meters? More than 170 local groups and contacts are listed in our database.

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Final Word:  "Let’s not forget the devastating destruction of our extensive streetcar networks in the 20th century at the hands of corporate forces pushing cars and buses, which were considered more technologically “advanced.”
Now, we are paying billions to replace those light rail systems that were destroyed in the 30’s and 40’s but in hindsight should have been maintained. How much will it cost to replace the copper landline network and infrastructure in the future when the public refuses to accept poor quality, lack of reliability, and health risks from wireless technology?"  Read more and watch "Taken for a Ride"-->  
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