Saturday, March 16, 2019

Chinese diplomats brain injuries on 60 minutes this Sunday

Diplomats in China report similar brain injuries as Americans in Cuba

In 2016 and 2017, 25 Americans in the U.S. embassy in Cuba suffered serious, unexplained brain injuries. Now, at least 15 American officials in China are reporting similar symptoms. 60 Minutes reports, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT

Friday, March 15, 2019

Several students and teachers at an elementary school in Ripon, CA have cancer.

via E. Marks

For 2 years we have been trying to educate the school board and the community on the link between the cell tower (Wimax) next to the classrooms and the possible health effects. 

Yesterday 200 students (out of 300) did not attend school as a protest against the tower

Last night's school board meeting was over capacity. Please listen to the comments from the School Board.

They use the industry mantras- saying it is perfectly safe BUT they are talking to the carrier about moving it. The parents' passionate pleas are excellent and an industry engineer ((a parent there) spoke quite well. How sad that the teachers have been instructed to tell the children it is safe- contradicting their own parents. 

Lloyd Morgan, Eric Windheim, Camilla Rees and I have tried helping the community - and they have come together. 

However we also tried educating the School Board and their behavior is appalling. 


They are 10 years into a 25 year contract which they renewed after knowing a few children were ill. 


Russian research from the 1970’s on health effects from radiofrequency radiation

Already in the 1970’s Russian researchers published animal studies on health effects from radiofrequency radiation in the frequency range that is currently for 5G use; mm waves. These studies were declassified by CIA in 2012 and are now available at internet.

A whole range of detrimental effects on the nervous system, different organs, hormones and the immune system were presented.

These results strengthen the warnings to implement the 5G system before adverse effects on humans and the environment have been investigated by researchers independent from industry.

Unfortunately these appeals seem to have had little or no effect, 5G has its own track, see and

U.S. House technology panel heads seeks delay in 5G spectrum auction

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - Leaders of a U.S. House of Representatives committee on Wednesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay a radio frequency spectrum auction for next-generation 5G wireless communications, which is scheduled for Thursday.

The Science, Space and Technology Committee's Democratic chairwoman, Eddie Bernice Johnson, and its top Republican, Frank Lucas, cited concerns that the spectrum under consideration could interfere with signals for sensors related to weather and climate forecasting, and said such interference could impact public safety.

Johnson and Lucas urged the regulatory agency to delay the spectrum auction until it properly addresses the concerns of relevant agencies and departments: the Pentagon, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

"Our concern is not with 5G technology. ... However, advancements in telecommunications should not come at the expense of the safety and security of the American people," the two wrote in a letter to the members of the FCC.

Representatives for NASA, NOAA and the Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The FCC launched the agency's first high-band spectrum auction for 5G in November. 5G networks are expected to be at least 100 times faster than the current 4G networks, cut delays and allow for innovations in a number of fields. (Reporting by Makini Brice; additional reporting by Idrees Ali and David Shepardson; editing by Tim Ahmann and Jonathan Oatis)


Pacific Power offers new opt-out plan to counter smart meter concerns

Following a Josephine County ordinance that addresses the concerns of some customers regarding the price of opting out from smart meters, the utility company has offered a new plan that promises lower fees.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2019 4:19 PM
Updated: Mar. 12, 2019 4:37 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. — Pacific Power will offer a new option to reduce the fees that come along with opting out of its new smart meters in favor of the traditional, hand-read meters, the company announced in a statement on Tuesday.

“We’ve heard from customers that the fee to opt out of a smart meter is burdensome, and we have continued to look for new options,” said Pacific Power Vice President of Regulation, Etta Lockey. “This has been a collaborative process with the PUC and the Citizens’ Utility Board, and we are pleased to offer this new option to customers.”

While the company's statement makes no direct reference to Josephine County, the ordinance recently adopted by the County continues to represent codified resistance to Pacific Power's smart meters that hasn't manifested elsewhere in the region.

Both Josephine County and Pacific Power have made in clear that, one way or another, customers need to keep up with their bills — the disagreement being over what constitutes economic "hardship" for which the company should be forced to grant relief.

CLICK HEREfor more on the legal dispute between the Oregon Public Utilites Commission and Josephine County

According to Pacific Power, the Equal Payment Plan Opt-out option will be available beginning March 13, and reduces opt-out fees from $36 per month to $9 by reducing the number of manual meter readings to three times per year — or $36 per reading, spread across 12 billing months.

"It also allows customers to pay a level or equal monthly amount based on a historical average of their previous bills," Pacific Power said.

The existing opt-out plan with monthly readings and fees will still be available, with bills based on monthly usage instead of the average rate offered in the new Equal Payment plan.

Customers will have to call the company to select the new option at 1-866-869-8520. Residential customers with "non-standard meters" are eligible to participate.

"Residential customers with net meters, time of use meters or demand registers would not qualify because it is necessary for the company to obtain routine meter reads to bill customers under those circumstances accurately," Pacific Power said.

The utility said that its upgrade of 590,000 customers to smart meters began in January of 2018, with more than two-thirds of Pacific Power's customers in Oregon already completed.

Interview with Cal Washington of the InPower Movement

Speaking with Digital Survivor last night, Cal Washington described what’s really happening right now with the worldwide rollout of “smart” technology.

The InPower Movement’s founder blended wireless tech, an esoteric legal system and profoundly spiritual matters as he explained the accelerating dystopia grid being built around us right now using smart meters, 5G and related electromagnetic infrastructure.
He also laid out practical steps we can all take ourselves to stop the madness.
A must-listen, and one with a fundamentally positive message, this is for all #Stop5G campaigners to take away – and to take heart from!

“What they’ve done, it’s a worldwide agenda … Those that understand the Bible can glean who it is doing this; and it’s not flesh and blood, it’s coming from higher up.

“What they did, they’re deploying a military weapon system. It’s not a standing army, it’s utilities and smartphone companies … It’s all commercial …”
Hear Cal’s full audio interview here:


Italy to Launch Cell Phone Radiation Awareness Campaign

Italian Court Orders Government to Launch Cell Phone Radiation Awareness Campaign  
An Italian court has ordered the government to launch a campaign to advise the public of the health risks from mobile and cordless phones to begin by July 16. A citizens group called APPLE(Association for the Prevention of and Fight Against Electrosmog)  sued to force the government to act. A joint press release between the Ministry of the Environment, Education and Health on the decision states the three ministries “welcome the judicial decision, convinced of the need to raise awareness on the issue and to promote prevention measures.”  
In a breaking news report from Microwave News on the decision,  Stefano Bertone who is helping represent APPLE, stated, “This case has important implications not only in Italy, but worldwide. At the moment, health and safety information is contained —or, I should say, buried— in cell phone manuals. This is not good enough. If it was, the court would have agreed with the government that sufficient information is already available.”
The New York Times AP reported the story in “Court orders Italian govt to publicize cellphone risks”and also cited a 2017 Italian court of Ivrea ruling that long-term use of a company-issued cell phone caused Telecom employee, Roberto Romeo’s non-cancerous brain tumor. In 2012 the Italian Supreme Court ruled that the National Institute for Workmen’s Compensation  must compensate Innocente Marcolini, a 60-year-old retired businessman for his  tumor due to long term cell phone use.  
Over twenty countries have explicit health advice to the public to lower cell phone radiation exposure. France has issued several campaigns over the years educating their public on safer ways to use technology.
News coverage on the court decision 

More about policy and action in Italy below. 
2018: The City Council of Bologna unanimously approved an initiative to inform the public about the health risks of cell phone and wireless radiation in light of the NTP and Ramazzini Institute studies.  According to news reports the action calls for the Council to: 
  • Inform the public about the health risks of cell phone and wireless radiation
  • Invite mayor Virginio Merola and the junta “to take action, including with the Emilia-Romagna Region, with the Ausl and the competent institutions, through appropriate communication channels, to launch a public information campaign, so that the population citizen is aware of the risks involved in using mobile phones inappropriately. “
  • Proposes to the mayor “to request a commitment in this sense also to telephone companies”.

2018: The Ramazzini Institute of Bologna has developed materials to share to high school students on how to reduce exposure to cell phone radiation. Click here to download PDF. 

2017 Decree of the Environment Minister has recommendations on reducing EMF. 
Section of the Decree recommends reducing exposure to indoor electromagnetic pollution
  • Reduce low frequency magnetic fields: “In order to reduce as far as possible the indoor exposure to low frequency magnetic fields (ELFs) induced by electrical panels, uprights, conductor dorsals, etc.” the design of the plants must provide that meters and electric panels are  outside the building and take measures to reduce levels. 
  • Reduce Radio frequency radiation: Reduce as much as possible the indoor exposure to high-frequency magnetic fields (RF)  equip with alternative data transfer systems to wi-fi, eg. cable connection or Powerline communication (PLC) technology.  
  • This was started by a Communication by ECC (COM(2003) 302),   to European Parliament  about: Integrated Product Policy: Develop the concept of “environmental lifecycle.
  • Read the 2017 Decree of the Environment Minister page 20-21. 

Italian Decree of 8 July 2003 (electric and magnetic fields of power lines): Intervention level 10 microteslas (µT) for existing installations at playgrounds, flats, schools and areas where people stay 4 hours per day or more. Quality objective = 3 microteslas (µT) for new lines and for plannings. There are more stringent guidelines in three regions: 0,2 microteslas (µT)

Occupational Safety Database: National database of emission levels of equipment funded by Ministry of Health, regarding occupational exposure to physical agents including EMF
The site is managed and upgraded by INAIL, in cooperation with Tuscany regional authority, and local occupational safety and prevention Departments of Siena and Modena cities. The development of the web site is absolutely relevant in the frame of public information activities, specifically designed for occupational safety.

2017: The Italian Court of Ivrea ruling recognizes causal link between cellphone use and brain tumor. 

2016: Mayor of Borgofranco d’Ivrea ordered Wi-Fi to be turned off in schools. “Mayor Livio Tola told the town’s high school and elementary school to return to using cables to connect to the internet after reading that the electromagnetic waves given off by wireless routers were especially harmful to young children.” 

2015: State Parliament of South Tyrol voted to confirm the precautionary principle: The State Government was mandated: 

  • To replace existing wireless networks whenever possible with networks that emit less radiation at schools, preschools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other public facilities. 

2012 Italian Supreme Court Ruling:  Man’s brain tumor was caused by his cell phone use. 
Lecce, Italy, “Istituto Comprensivo Alighieri- Diaz” School banned wifi: Their two resolutions decided:
  • To ban wifi in school and install a wired system for the use of internet and reject the request of the local government (Municipality) to install an antenna on the school roof for the wireless signal providing for the “Wireless city” program. 
  • The resolution also asks the Municipality to install the antenna at a reasonable distance from school.

The Piemonte Region Council adopted a resolution to limit EMF exposure by limiting the use of wifi in schools and be considerate to the problem of EHS people. 

The Italian Society for Preventive and Social Pediatrics has officially called to prohibit cell phones for children under 10 years old.
  • Giuseppe Di Mauro, president of the Italian Society of social and preventive pediatrics [Società italiana di pediatria preventiva e sociale (] “We do not know all the consequences associated with cell phone use, but excessive use could can lead to  concentration and memory loss, increase in aggressiveness and sleep disturbances.” and he cites electromagnetic fields stating“The damage to health are increasingly evident”  
  • Il Tirreno Tuscany News Article – “Pediatricians: Phone Alarm for Kids” 

2016 – Turin Mayor Chiara Appendino laid out plans “to cut back on Wi-Fi in state schooland government buildings over concerns that radiation might damage people’s health”. 


Thursday, March 14, 2019

The US Government Will Be Scanning Your Face At 20 Top Airports, Documents Show

In March 2017, President Trump issued an executive order expediting the deployment of biometric verification of the identities of all travelers crossing US borders. That mandate stipulates facial recognition identification for “100 percent of all international passengers,” including American citizens, in the top 20 US airports by 2021. Now, the United States Department of Homeland Security is rushing to get those systems up and running at airports across the country. But it's doing so in the absence of proper vetting, regulatory safeguards, and what some privacy advocates argue is in defiance of the law.

According to 346 pages of documents obtained by the nonprofit research organization Electronic Privacy Information Center — shared exclusively with BuzzFeed News and made public on Monday as part of Sunshine Week— US Customs and Border Protection is scrambling to implement this “biometric entry-exit system,” with the goal of using facial recognition technology on travelers aboard 16,300 flights per week — or more than 100 million passengers traveling on international flights out of the United States — in as little as two years, to meet Trump's accelerated timeline for a biometric system that had initially been signed into law by the Obama administration. This, despite questionable biometric confirmation rates and few, if any, legal guardrails.

These same documents state — explicitly — that there were no limits on how partnering airlines can use this facial recognition data. CBP did not answer specific questions about whether there are any guidelines for how other technology companies involved in processing the data can potentially also use it. It was only during a data privacy meeting last December that CBP made a sharp turn and limited participating companies from using this data. But it is unclear to what extent it has enforced this new rule. CBP did not explain what its current policies around data sharing of biometric information with participating companies and third-party firms are, but it did say that the agency “retains photos … for up to 14 days” of non-US citizens departing the country, for “evaluation of the technology” and “assurance of the accuracy of the algorithms” — which implies such photos might be used for further training of its facial matching AI.

“Government, without consulting the public is using facial recognition to create a digital ID of millions of Americans.”

“CBP is solving a security challenge by adding a convenience for travelers,” a spokesperson said in an emailed response to a detailed list of questions from BuzzFeed News. “By partnering with airports and airlines to provide a secure stand-alone system that works quickly and reliably, which they will integrate into their boarding process, CBP does not have to rebuild everything from the ground up as we drive innovation across the travel experience.”

The documents also suggest that CBP skipped portions of a critical “rulemaking process,” which requires the agency to solicit public feedback beforeadopting technology intended to be broadly used on civilians, something privacy advocates back up. This is worrisome because — beyond its privacy, surveillance, and free speech implications — facial recognition technology is currently troubled by issues of inaccuracy and bias. Last summer, the American Civil Liberties Union reported that Amazon’s facial recognition technology falsely matched 28 members of Congress with arrest mugshots. These false matches were disproportionately people of color.

“I think it’s important to note what the use of facial recognition [in airports] means for American citizens,” Jeramie Scott, director of EPIC’s Domestic Surveillance Project, told BuzzFeed News in an interview. “It means the government, without consulting the public, a requirement by Congress, or consent from any individual, is using facial recognition to create a digital ID of millions of Americans.”

“CBP took images from the State Department that were submitted to obtain a passport and decided to use them to track travelers in and out of the country,” Scott said.

“Facial recognition is becoming normalized as an infrastructure for checkpoint control,” said Jay Stanley, an American Civil Liberties Union senior policy analyst and a participant at meetings that CBP has organized with privacy advocates. “It's an extremely powerful surveillance technology that has the potential to do things never before done in human history. Yet the government is hurtling along a path towards its broad deployment — and in this case, a deployment that seems quite unjustified and unnecessary.”

“The government is hurtling along a path towards facial recognition's broad deployment — and in this case, a deployment that seems unjustified and unnecessary.”

In response, CBP intimated that there shouldn’t be any privacy concerns around its biometric facial recognition program. “CBP is committed to protecting the privacy of all travelers and has issued several Privacy Impact Assessments related to [its biometric entry-exit program], employed strong technical security safeguards, and has limited the amount of personally identifiable information used in the transaction,” the agency spokesperson said.

But this statement belies the far-reaching ambitions of the program, according to the documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News. CBP, the documents say, wants facial recognition at “initial operating capability” by year’s end, with the agency using it for as many as 30 international flights across more than a dozen US airports per day.

In the US, there are no laws governing the use of facial recognition. Courts have not ruled on whether it constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment. There are no checks, no balances. Yet government agencies are working quickly to roll it out in every major airport in the country. It’s already being used in seventeen international airports, among them: Atlanta, New York City, Boston, San Jose, Chicago, and two airports in Houston. Many major airlines are on board with the idea — Delta, JetBlue, British Airways, Lufthansa, and American Airlines. Airport operations companies, including Los Angeles World Airports, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Mineta San Jose International Airport, Miami International Airport, and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, are also involved.


“Airlines, airports, TSA, and CBP are facing fixed airport infrastructure with little opportunities for major investment, increased national security threats with pressures for solutions, and increased traveler volume,” CBP’s Concept of Operations document, released in June 2017, states. 

“Collectively, this is a status quo that is not sustainable for any of the main stakeholders, and failure to change will ultimately result in increases in dissatisfied customers, use of alternative modes of travel, and vulnerability to serious threats.”

In June 2016, CBP began its first pilot for facial recognition technology in airports at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Once a day, for a flight from Atlanta to Tokyo, Japan, passengers’ passport photos were biometrically matched to real-time photographs. Before travelers proceeded to the passenger loading bridge to board their flight, CBP officers told passengers to scan their boarding passes, then a camera snapped a digital image of the traveler’s face; a CBP-developed back-end system called the Departure Information System used facial recognition to automatically compare photos during boarding against a photo gallery. Everyone between the ages of 14 and 79 was expected to participate.

“Failure to change will ultimately result in increases in dissatisfied customers, use of alternative modes of travel, and vulnerability to serious threats.”

The CBP’s stated goal here was simply to “identify any non-U.S. citizens subject to the exit requirements who may fraudulently present” travel documents. The agency said it had “no plans to biometrically record the departure of U.S. citizens.” But the CBP alsosaid it “does not believe there is enough time to separate U.S. citizens from non-U.S. citizen visitors prior to boarding” … “therefore, facial images will be collected for U.S. citizens as part of this test so that CBP can verify the identity of a U.S. citizen boarding the air carrier.” CBP said that once a traveler is identified and confirmed as a U.S. citizen, their images are deleted.

Three months later, the agency switched to a daily flight from Atlanta to Mexico City. By the end of November 2016, CBP was running tests on an average of seven flights per week. From these tests, according to a DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit of the government’s facial recognition biometrics program, published in September 2018, “CBP concluded that facial recognition technology … was the most operationally feasible and traveler-friendly option for a comprehensive biometric solution.”

In June 2017, CBP added three more international airport locations “to further assess facial matching technology as a viable solution,” according to the OIG report. Five more airports followed by October 2017. Today, 17 airports*are in the program, with three more in the works.

During its 2017 expansion, CBP’s Departure Information System was replaced by a more advanced automated matching system, called Traveler Verification Service (TVS). As CBP documents explained, TVS could “[operate] in a virtual, cloud-based infrastructure that can store images temporarily and operate using a wireless network.” Once a passenger boarded a plane, TVS also automatically transmits confirmation that there is a biometric match across other DHS systems.

CBP says it allows U.S. citizens to decline facial verification and to instead have their identities confirmed through the usual manual boarding process. “CBP works with airline and airport partners to incorporate notifications and processes into their current business models, including signage and gate announcements, to ensure transparency of the biometric process,” an agency spokesperson said in an email to BuzzFeed News. But of 12 flights observed by OIG during its audit in 2017, only 16 passengers declined to participate.

According to Delta, less than 2% of its weekly 25,000 passengers going through the Atlanta airport’s Terminal F, which features “curb to gate” facial recognition systems, opt out of using the tech.

CBP officers also have wide latitude for how to handle travelers whose faces are obscured for religious reasons. A previously unpublished document detailing the standard operating procedure for the TVS described how officers may deal with airplane passengers donning religious headwear. “For travelers with religious headwear that covers their face, officer discretion may be used consistent with CBP Policy,” it says.

There were also issues with matching. The OIG audit, which covered fieldwork by DHS from August to December 2017, a time that TVS was actively in use, found that CBP was able to provide biometric confirmation for only 85% of passengers processed. Its matches for certain age groups and nationalities were inconsistent; Mexican and Canadian citizens were particularly problematic. (It’s worth noting that the CBP’s Concept of Operations document includes some discussion of “a data exchange with Mexico and Canada.”)

“The low 85-percent biometric confirmation rate poses questions as to whether CBP will meet its milestone to confirm all foreign departures at the top 20 US airports by fiscal year 2021,” the audit said. Confirmation rates for CBP’s biometric exit system have since risen to 98.6%, according to an agency spokesperson.

OIG also found that CBP had “not previously established a metric for photo matching.” The way the TVS algorithm works, according to the OIG report, the threshold can be set to strict limits on what it considers a match but which would result in a lower verification percentage, or to a lower setting that would verify more people but also likely increase false positives.

In theory, they could move the threshold down to zero — which would be a system that says, ‘Only Clare is allowed to board the plane, everybody is Clare, so everybody can board the plane,’” said Clare Garvie, an associate at Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology. “That’s a system that technically has a 100% match rate.”

In theory, they could move the threshold down to zero — which would be a system that says, ‘Only Clare is allowed to board the plane, everybody is Clare, so everybody can board the plane.’”

Caryl Spoden, JetBlue’s head of customer experience, told BuzzFeed News that for boarding, the image gallery JetBlue uses to compare faces is made up of no more than 200 customers — the capacity of the airline’s A321 aircraft — making the matching process “very accurate.”

“CBP sets their match rate goal for in-scope travelers, which are those aged 14–79, to be greater than 97%,” Spoden said. “They set the goal for [false positives], which is when the system misidentifies a customer as another, to be less than or equal to 0.1%.”

“It sounds like CBP has finally set a false positive rate, which is something that hasn't been mentioned in the past,” Garvie told BuzzFeed News.

The government’s end vision, according to an early “Biometric Pathway” document from December 2016, is for CBP to build a vast “backend communication portal to support TSA, airport, and airline partners in their efforts to use facial images as a single biometric key for identifying and matching travelers to their identities.”

“This will enable ... verified biometrics for check-in, baggage drop, security checkpoints, lounge access, boarding, and other processes,” the document says. “This will create simplified and standardized wayfinding across airports.”

In other words: surveillance throughout the airport.


Acute ocular injuries caused by 60-Ghz millimeter-wave exposure


The goal of this study was to examine the clinical course of 60-GHz millimeter-wave induced damages to the rabbit eye and to report experimental conditions that allow reproducible induction of these injuries. The eyes of pigmented rabbits (total number was 40) were irradiated with 60-GHz millimeter-waves using either a horn antenna or one of two lens antennas (6 and 9 mm diameter; phi6, phi9) Morphological changes were assessed by slit-lamp microscopy. Additional assessments included corneal fluorescein staining, iris fluorescein angiography, and lens epithelium light microscopy. Under the standardized eye-antenna positioning, the three antennas caused varying damages to the eyelids or eyeglobes. The most reproducible injuries without concurrent eyelid edema and corneal desiccation were achieved using the phi6 lens antenna: irradiation for 6 min led to an elevation of the corneal surface temperature (reaching 54.2 +/- 0.9 degrees C) plus corneal edema and epithelial cell loss. Furthermore, mitotic cells appeared in the pupillary area of the lens epithelium. Anterior uveitis also occurred resulting in acute miosis (from 6.6 +/- 1.4 to 2.2 +/- 1.4 mm), an increase in flares (from 6.7 +/- 0.9 to 334.3 +/- 130.8 photons per second), and iris vasodilation or vessel leakage. These findings indicate that the three types of millimeter-wave antennas can cause thermal injuries of varying types and levels. The thermal effects induced by millimeter-waves can apparently penetrate below the surface of the eye.

Health Phys. 2009 Sep;97(3):212-8. doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e3181abaa57.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland, Oregon Calls on Mayors Across U.S. to Stand Against 5G

Resolution up for a vote Wednesday calls for more study into previous findings that future technology could increase cancer and other risks in almost everyone in Portland.

The City Council will consider requesting additional federal studies of the potential harmful health impacts of 5G wireless communication technologies on Wednesday.
The resolution introduced by Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly says some studies have suggested 5G technology could increase cancers in those exposed to it — which would be almost everyone in cities because of the large number of closely spaced "small-cell" antennas required.
"There is evidence to suggest that exposure to radio frequency emissions generated by wireless technologies could contribute to adverse health conditions such as cancer. Wireless companies in the U.S. say they'll have to install about 300,000 new antennas, close to the total number of cell towers built over the past three decades. This substantial increase in cell towers deployed in communities means greater contact with them," reads the resolution to be considered March 13.
Wheeler has spoken out against federal restrictions against cities regulating such technologies. He recently protested a Federal Communications Commission order filed in August requiring cities to accept all applications from telecommunications firms to build new wireless and broadband infrastructure.
Speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington DC in late January, Wheeler said, "We need every single mayor who cares about this issue — local control of local assets — to sign on with this. The more the better, obviously."
5G will significantly increase wireless communication capacity and is considered necessary for self-driving vehicles and other advanced technologies. But, according to the resolution, it will greatly increase the human exposure to radio frequency (RF), electromagnetic fields from wireless facilities.
Although the FCC has adopted RF guidelines, the resolution says no federally-mandated RF exposure standards exist, despite studies suggesting that harm to people may occur. In addition, federal law prevents cities from adopting their own restrictions.

"(F)ederal law preempts state and local governments, including the City of Portland, from considering health concerns in the regulation and placement of wireless facilities, so long as such facilities otherwise comply with applicable federal law," the resolution notes.
Despite that, according to the resolution, "in September 2017, 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries sent an appeal to the European Commission recommending a moratorium on the roll-out of 5G until potential hazards for human health and the environment had been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry."
Although Portland is so far working with companies installing 5G technology, the resolution says, "we are requesting the FCC and other relevant federal agencies to revisit and update studies on potential health concerns arising from radio frequency wireless emissions considering 5G technology. Findings from these studies need to be publicly available."
You can read a previous Business Tribune story on the issue here.

You can read the resolution here.