Monday, June 17, 2019

Prime Minister of Poland Signs Global Appeal to Stop 5G



In what is surely an unprecedented and groundbreaking action, the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, has personally backed an International Appeal to stop the controversial roll-out of 5G electro magnetic microwave telecommunication transmissions.

5G, a new millimetre band frequency range being introduced by the telecommunications industry worldwide, has been identified by over 2,000 scientists and 1,400 medical doctors from all over the World, as presenting a direct threat to human health, as well as to animal, insect and plant life.
There have been no safety tests carried out to ensure its safety, in spite of the fact that 5G operates at between 10 and 100 times higher frequencies than current 3 and 4G cell phone tower transmitters.

The roll-out of 5G will involve the placement of millions of transmitter boxes at distances of no more than 10 to 12 houses apart in urban areas. Scientists have established that this will subject citizens living in urban areas to an unavoidable barrage of electromagnetic pollution.

A 2017 report by more than 230 scientists and doctors from 41 countries express serious concerns about steadily expanding exposure to Electro Magnet Frequencies (EMF) . They state that even before the roll-out of 5G “Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most national and international guidelines.” *

These effects include cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes to the human reproductive system, learning and memory defects, neurological disorders and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond humans, as there is mounting evidence of deleterious affects to both plants and animals.

In Poland, the public are being used as guinea pigs in a 5G experiment to test the efficacy of the technology. The following cities are being used in the trial: Warsaw, Lodz, Gliwice.

The same procedure is taking place all over Europe, North America and many other Countries.

The World’s largest study ‘National Toxicology Program’ (NTP) revealed significant increases in the incidence of heart and brain cancer in animals exposed to EMF below the International Commission on Non Ironising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines that are followed by most Countries.

The Prime Minister of Poland has taken a highly responsible step in signing* the Global Appeal to Ban 5G in Earth and in Space. He has opened the way for leaders in other Countries to take the same step, thereby protecting their citizens from a potentially highly dangerous and untested technology whose repercussions for health and welfare are without precedent.


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Girl Scouts Teach Senior Citizens How to Use Smartphones Despite Exposure Warnings from American Academy of Pediatrics, WHO, and Other Experts

If smartphones operated via magic this would be a really cute story.  Unfortunately they don’t.  All wireless devices and infrastructure emits harmful Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) which is also sometimes referred to as Electrosmog.  Cell phone and WiFi radiation are sources of Electrosmog too.
Experts continue to warn about exposure causing all kinds of health issues – not just increased cancer risk.  We’re all vulnerable; however, research has proven that children are particularly vulnerable.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has been issuing warnings for many years.  These devices weren’t originally designed for kids and there is still no “safe” level of wireless radiation that has been scientifically determined for them or pregnant women.
Of course, senior citizens using smartphones probably isn’t great for their health either for a variety of reasons including how blue light from screens can cause macular degeneration and blindness.  Plus screen addiction affects all ages, robo calls are annoying, and smartphones can be hacked and private information can be stolen. Smartphones also have been known to catch fire and explode.  Does any of this seem like a good thing for grandma and grandpa?
This week, the Arlington, Virginia-based scouts hosted “TechBridge,” their first walk-in clinic to help local senior citizens learn how to use their cellphones.
“Some had specific questions, but a lot of people came and just wanted to learn,” Maura Sammis, a Girl Scout Cadette who helped some attendees with Apple Pay, said. “I set that up for a couple people and they were really excited about that.”
Fellow troop member Sarah Middleton said the clinic helped 10 people with “a very broad spectrum” of tech support and training topics.
[…]It has to be something that helps your community,” Cadette Tara Udani explained. “And so for us, that was teaching elderly in our community how to use their technology better.”
It’s not a bad idea to own a cellphone. They can be life savers especially in emergency situations.  Other than that, there are too many valid reasons for all of us to limit our use and exposure to smartphones and all other sources of Electrosmog including wireless hearing aids.
Can you hear me now?  Good.

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Alert! Oppose FCC 19-71 – send in Reply Comments by 6/17


File “reply comments” by Monday, June 17 on FCC WT Docket 19-71

In 19-71, the FCC proposes to preempt more local and state authority by exempting certain wireless antennas on private property from permitting and regulation. The FCC wants to expand the current OTARD exemption – Over-the-Air Reception Devices – as a Plan B suggested by Comm. Rosenworcel in case the court overturns last fall’s rules deregulating small cell towers in the public right of way. The FCC says this is to facilitate 5G, smart cities, and broadband deployment.


At the present time, OTARD devices, such as DishTV on private property for the use of people on the private property, are exempt from state and local regulation if they are a certain size. The FCC wants to expand the OTARD definition to include hub and relay 2-way antennas for satellites and other wireless systems for wide public use as long as they are installed on private property. Cities, counties, and the state would no longer be able to regulate these antennas or require permits. These wireless facilities would be exempt.
The deadline for Reply Comments is June 17

You can send in Reply Comments even if you didn’t file Comments.



Instructions on how to file comments – below.

To read the comments already posted: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs
Specify Proceeding: 19-71, hit Return, then go to the bottom and hit Search.
The proposed rulemaking is short -- 8 pages plus an appendix and FCC commissioner statements. 


Proposed Changes (note: final rules could have further changes, eg. eliminating size or height restrictions):

“1. Amend Section 1.4000(a)(1)(i)(A) to read as follows:
(a)(1)(i)(A) An antenna that is used to receive direct broadcast satellite service, including directto-home satellite service, or to receive or transmit fixed wireless signals via satellite, including a hub or relay antenna, and”

“2. Amend Section 1.4000(a)(1)(ii)(A) to read as follows:
(a)(1)(ii)(A) An antenna that is used to receive video programming services via multipoint distribution services, including multichannel multipoint distribution services, instructional television fixed services, and local multipoint distribution services, or to receive or transmit fixed wireless signals other than via satellite, including a hub or relay antenna, and”
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If these new rules are adopted, a network antenna located on private property would be exempt from local and state regulation (subject to size restrictions). This would include network systems for utility companies, broadband, wireless companies, and satellite, including SpaceX, OneWeb, etc. 

The facilities would be exempt from permitting, public notice, public hearings, RF reports, discretionary permits, design guidelines, and all land use regulations, and they could be installed anywhere.

Unregulated and unpermitted co-location of multiple antennas on private property would also be possible.

Antennas would suddenly appear. Because they would be exempt, cities and counties would generally have no information about them – company name, specs, output, equipment, etc. 

Property owners would be offered monthly income or free services to host these microwave facilities on their properties. Neighbor would be pitted against neighbor, as people signed contracts without regard for their neighbors. This would be open season.

This commandeering proposal by the FCC prohibits state and local governments from regulating the land within their jurisdiction and seems to violate the U.S. 10th amendment.
Interestingly, p. 16 of the FCC proposed rulemaking says:

“F. Federal Rules that May Duplicate, Overlap, or Conflict with the Proposed Rules
23. None.”

In addition to conflicting with U.S. Constitution protections for due process, privacy, and the rights of citizens, and protecting against search and seizure, the rules also conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act for those disabled by electromagnetic sensitivity.

More information on the rulemaking is below.

By filing comments and/or reply comments, you will have “standing” in the proceeding, which gives you certain rights.

Filing comments for WT Docket No. 19-71

This is the direct link to express filings --

This is the direct link to standard comments (allows you to upload documents)

Use either one to submit comments and reply comments.

You can submit more than one comment, and you can submit documents by filing standard comments.

How to get there from the main webpage:

Proceedings and actions
Proceedings and actions overview
File a comment in a proceeding, learn more
Standard filing or express comment



Express comment –
Proceeding: 19-71, press enter
Name of filer: you
Primary contact email: your email address (not required)
Address:(required)
Brief comments: State that this is a reply comment. Either type in your comments or paste your comments into the screen-- there may be limits to how many words.
(If you make a mistake, you can hit Reset)
Press, Continue to review screen
If okay, submit your comments
Print out confirmation page for your records

Standard filing – fill in these blanks --
Proceeding: 19-71, press enter
Name of filer: you
Primary contact email: your email address (not required)
Type of comment: Reply Comment
Address (required)
Upload your comments – as a doc, pdf, or other listed file type; you can attach more than one document, too.
(If you make a mistake, you can hit Reset)
Press, Continue to review screen
If okay, submit your comments (you may have to wait a bit for it to go through)
Print out confirmation page for your records

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If you are disabled by electromagnetic sensitivities, include information such as
“I am disabled by electromagnetic sensitivities. EMF emissions from wireless devices cause me disabling health effects. The proposed rules would allow the proliferation of EMF-emitting wireless antennas without regulation, blocking the assertion of my disabled rights and my due process.” 

and this:

“As a disabled accommodation, I request that the FCC publicly post any final proposed rules 30 days in advance of the Sunshine Period before the scheduled voting meeting to permit me to study the rules and to make ex parte comments to the Commission at that time, and I request that the FCC notify me when they have posted those final proposed rules.” 

Send a copy of this request to fcc504@fcc.gov


From the proposed rulemaking:
p. 2-3

“#5. The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) has asked the Commission to update the OTARD rule to apply to 'all fixed wireless transmitters and receivers, regardless of whether the equipment is used for reception, transmission or both, so long as the equipment meets the existing size restrictions for customer-end equipment.'”
#6...WISPA states that with advances in fixed wireless technology that use millimeter wave technology [5G], going forward, 'the areas covered by base stations will continue to shrink to overcome significant propagation losses in these higher bands.' Because of these changes in technology and network design, WIPA contends, 'fixed wireless providers have much less choice in where they can locate hub sites.

#7...The wireless technology landscape has since shifted toward the development of 5G networks and technologies that require dense deployment of smaller antennas across provider networks in locations closer to customers.”
 p. 16: 

“#22 The proposed rule changes contemplated by the Commission in this proceeding would relieve small as well as large companies from private and governmental restrictions on the placement of devices integral to the deployment of modern fixed wireless infrastructure."
Chairman Pai: "If adopted, this proposal would jumpstart the deployment of antennas that could be part of mesh networks, -- essentially, webs of wireless network nodes,"
Comm. O'Rielly: "We simply cannot accept unnecessary and indefensible  barriers to infrastructure deployment...Now we are considering on extending these rules to all fixed wireless transmitters and receivers, if they fit certain size limitations."

Comm. Rosenworcel: "OTARD rules provide users with the right to install communications equipment on property they control. By updating our OTARD rules, we could create more siting options for antennas."

Comm. Carr: "Two weeks ago in Ohio, I joined a WISP (wireless internet service provider) on top of a grain elevator that they're using to beam broadband for miles around."
Rosenworcel also says: "It seems increasingly likely that the courts will return some part of our small cell infrastructure decision back to this agency with a remand. This could send us right back to the starting line of the 5G race with respect to infrastructure reform-- and should that happen, we will need new ideas that are ready to go. ...We're going to need new ideas to ensure it reaches everywhere."

This is what BBK had to say in May




Current rule on preempted restrictions

47 CFR § 1.4000 - Restrictions impairing reception of television broadcast signals, direct broadcast satellite services or multichannel multipoint distribution services.

Current OTARD size limits:


(1) A "dish" antenna that is one meter (39.37") or less in diameter (or any size dish if located in Alaska) – satellite

(2) An antenna that is one meter or less in diameter or diagonal measurement – non-satellite

(3) An antenna that is designed to receive local television broadcast signals.

In addition, antennas covered by the rule may be mounted on "masts" to reach the height needed to receive or transmit an acceptable quality signal (e.g.  maintain line-of-sight contact with the transmitter or view the satellite).  Masts higher than 12 feet above the roofline may be subject to local permitting requirements for safety purposes.  Further, masts that extend beyond an exclusive use area may not be covered by this rule.

Q:  Whose antenna restrictions are prohibited?

A:  The rule applies to restrictions imposed by local governments, including zoning, land-use or building regulations; by homeowner, townhome, condominium or cooperative association rules, including deed restrictions, covenants, by-laws and similar restrictions; and by manufactured housing (mobile home) park owners and landlords, including lease restrictions.  The rule only applies to restrictions on property where the viewer has an ownership or leasehold interest and exclusive use or control.




Federal Register notice by FCC


Comments of the United States Conference of Mayors; the Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues; the City of Dallas, Texas; the City of Boston, Massachusetts; the City of Los Angeles,California; the City of Fountain Valley, California; the City of Piedmont, California and Montgomery County, Maryland

The Highly Dangerous ‘Triton’ Hackers Have Probed the US Grid

From Wired
Excerpt:
On the scale of security threats, hackers scanning poten­tial targets for vulnerabilities might seem to rank rather low. But when it’s the same hackers who previously executed one of the most reckless cyberattacks in history—one that could have easily turned destructive or even lethal—that recon­nais­sance has a more foreboding edge. Especially when the target of their scanning is the US power grid.  
Over the past several months, security analysts at the Electric Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and the critical-infrastructure security firm Dragos have been tracking a group of sophisticated hackers carrying out broad scans of dozens of US power grid targets, apparently looking for entry points into their networks. Scanning alone hardly represents a serious threat. But these hackers, known as Xenotime—or sometimes as the Triton actor, after their signature malware—have a particularly dark history. The Triton malware was designed to disable the so-called safety-instrument systems at Saudi Arabian oil refinery Petro Rabigh in a 2017 cyberattack, with the apparent aim of crippling equipment that monitors for leaks, explosions, or other catastrophic physical events. Dragos has called Xenotime “easily the most dangerous threat activity publicly known.”
There’s no sign that the hackers are anywhere near triggering a power outage—not to mention a dangerous physical accident—in the US. But the mere fact that such a notoriously aggressive group has turned its sights on the US grid merits attention, says Joe Slowik, a security researcher at Dragos who focuses on industrial control systems and who has tracked Xenotime…SNIP
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And from E&E News
Excerpt:
On Aug. 4, 2017, at 7:43 p.m., two emergency shutdown systems sprang into action as darkness settled over the sprawling refinery along Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast.The systems brought part of the Petro Rabigh complex offline in a last-gasp effort to prevent a gas release and deadly explosion. But as safety devices took extraordinary steps, control room engineers working the weekend shift spotted nothing out of the ordinary, either on their computer screens or out on the plant floor.The reasons for the sudden shutdown were still buried under zeros and ones, nestled deep within the code of the compromised Schneider Electric safety equipment.Investigators soon discovered a dangerous hacking tool that would usher in a new chapter in the global cyber arms race, much like the Stuxnet worm that damaged Iranian nuclear centrifuges at the start of the decade. The discovery of the Triton malware, named for the Triconex line of safety systems it triggered, echoed from the ancient Saudi city of Rabigh to a research institute in Moscow, and from California to Tokyo.”Worst-case scenario here, you’re dealing with a potential release of toxic hydrogen sulfide gases, a potential for explosions from high pressure, high temperature,” said Julian Gutmanis, a cybersecurity contractor who sources say led the Saudi Arabian Oil Co.’s investigation of the Triton intrusion.”We considered the entire organization to be compromised,” Gutmanis said at the S4 cybersecurity conference in Miami earlier this year, where he declined to name the target facility or even identify his employer. “We had a very sophisticated attacker. We knew that the systems, and the integrity of these systems, can no longer be trusted.”…SNIP
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MUST DO TODAY: tell the FCC not to allow 5G antennas on private homes

Today is the very last day to submit comments to the FCC 
Dear friends,

The FCC is considering a change in one of its rules (the "OTARD" rule) which would allow wireless companies to place powerful 5G antennas on the top of private homes in your neighborhood, bypassing any local government oversight – even the tiny bit of local control still left.

This OUTRAGEOUS plan by the wireless companies and their friends at the FCC is completely unacceptable. It violates not only the original intent of the OTARD rule, but basic principles of fairness.

It will pit neighbor against neighbor and divide neighborhoods and communities.

THIS CANNOT BE TOLERATED. PLEASE WRITE TO THE FCC TODAY BY MIDNIGHT EDT.  IT'S THE LAST DAY YOU CAN SUBMIT A COMMENT.
Here's how to submit comments:

1. Go to https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express

2. In the first box, type 19-71. This is the FCC docket number.

3. Add your name, email and address.

4. In the box marked "Brief Comments" add your own comments and submit. 
What to write? Here are three main points you can use to get started:
1. The OTARD rule should not be changed to allow wireless companies to put their 5G antennas on private homes. 
2. The FCC should not be using taxpayer dollars for the benefit of wireless companies, pushing a new technology that has never been proven safe. 
3. The FCC's wireless radiation exposure guidelines are based on research from the 1980's, and only consider thermal effects, not the biological effects documented in recent studies. 

5G Crisis is a project of Americans for Responsible Technology, an association of organizations and individuals across America who are committed to promoting new technologies that advance our common interests while protecting the health, safety, security, privacy and property values of all Americans.

4 U.S. military studies that prove biological effects do happen with non-ionizing radiation



1971 Naval Medical Research Institute

1974 US Army

1976 US Army - DIA

1994 US Air Force

1977 CIA Russian Study

Friday, June 14, 2019

FCC Commissioners Now Literal Poster Boys for Big Telecom


The Wireless Association (CTIA) would like you to know that it really appreciates all the hard work the FCC has been doing this year on behalf of its clients: AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, and all the other telecom giants.
To commemorate the FCC’s achievements—namely, diminishing its own authority to advocate on behalf of consumers against some of the world’s largest and most powerful companies—CTIA has turned two of its biggest success stories, Republican FCC Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O’Rielly, into marketing props, which you can download or share on social media.
What an honor!

Thanks, Brendan. And big ups on that award CTIA gave you last month, too.

Keep up the great work, Mike.
Update, 9:15pm: Commissioner Carr has tweeted at me to point out that CTIA also tweet out quotes about 5G spectrum by Democratic Commissioners Geoffrey Starks and Jessica Rosenworcel. “I’m sure [you] would never let facts get in way of a narrative,” Nathan Leamer, an FCC policy adviser, told Gizmodo.

Rosenworcel this week accused the agency of trying to ram through the $26.5 merger deal between Sprint and T-Mobile. Even though her Republican colleagues had already expressed support for the deal publicly, she had not been given access to the economic or legal analysis produced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s office.
“It looks like some backroom dealing,” she told the Senate Commerce Committee.
Carr and O’Rielly told the committee they hadn’t read the analyses, either. Their support for the merger is a forgone conclusion, nevertheless.