Doesn’t the 1996 Telecommunications Act take away local control for deciding where wireless telecommunications facilities can be installed?
The answer is NO!
Contrary to what you may have heard, when Congress enacted the Telecommunications Act of 1996, it explicitly preserved to state and local governments the general authority to regulate the placement of wireless facilities in their jurisdiction.
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Aren’t antennas on top of light poles less hazardous than huge cell towers?
NO! Cell antennas close to homes emitting wireless radiation (RF radiation) 24/7 is extremely impactful to people living there.
Isn’t wireless technology the wave of the future–isn’t it more advanced than cable/wired technology?
No! In fact, the wireless industry is actually based on wires, specifically fiber optics. Fiber optic cable is the fastest most secure way to transmit data from cell tower to cell tower, and around the world– via cables underground and under the oceans. Here is a video that explains a bit more about how important cables are to the telecommunication and internet infrastructure.
Are these small wireless cells the only option for expanded connectivity?
NO. In fact, Fiber Optic Cable is the much better option, offering better safety, speed and efficiency. The industry has profited off of wireless at the public expense and stolen money allocated for fiber to build out its risky wireless network. Read about it here: Re-inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks.
Isn’t wireless technology needed to close the digital divide?
NO! Wireless telecommunications is only being pushed because it is how the telecommunications companies make the most money. It’s fast and cheap for them, but their privatized monopoly over the telecommunications industry has wreaked havoc on our health, property values, aesthetics and ability to protect our livelihoods, town, and families. Wired internet, via fiber optic cable to the premises, is what was promised to the American people and it’s what other countries are doing. Fiber optic broadband is faster and more secure, and ultimately much cheaper in cost than the constantly changing, high energy consuming wireless installations. Fiber to the premises is the fastest, most durable, sustainable and permanent solution to solving the digital divide.
Why is wired technology better than wireless?
- wired technology does not cause negative health effects to humans, animals, plants like wireless does.
- wired infrastructure, like fiber to the premises, is not a fire hazard, unlike wireless.
- wired transmissions are faster, and more secure than wireless.
- wired internet via fiber optic cables to communities and homes, preferably via community-owned cables, is the only way to close the digital divide.
Isn’t fiber optics is more expensive than wireless?
No. First of all, the telecommunications infrastructure is based on wires. It is only the end point connections where wireless technology is used, ie in communities, and the cost it bringing the fiber optic cables to businesses and homes instead of putting up a cell tower. The cost is greater up front, but fiber optic cable can handle significantly more data than wireless and is permanent, eco-friendly and sustainable. Wireless facilities, on the other hand, will always need to be upgraded and added to, and eventually costs more (in many ways) than a permanent fiber-based solution.
Isn’t wireless technology energy efficient and environmentally friendly?
Not at all! Wireless uses vastly more energy than wired internet, and the costs will continue to rise as data needs increase. WTFs use a significant amount of toxic chemicals, from plastics, to heavy metals, that off-gas, contribute to greenhouse gasses, and constantly need to be replaced.
Are wireless telecommunications facilities (WTFs) a fire hazard?
Yes! WTFs have been the cause of multiple fires across California. One reason is macro towers have smart meters in them without the fuse protection that analog meters have in them–causing internal electrical fires. Each cell tower is an electrical device- water will not put out this type of fire until the power is cut. Another reason to keep WTFs out of residential areas- time for residents to evacuate. Every single WTF that comes in to a community causes additional fire hazards.
Is it true that fire departments no longer have cell towers on their roofs due to negative health effects?
Yes! After firefighters suffered documented health effects such as brain damage, infertility, anxiety, brain fog they received an exemption of 5G towers on stations throughout CA.
Are FCC RF limits/guidelines sufficient to protect people’s health?
No! FCC guidelines were based off of a faulty SAR (specific absorption rate) data, which only acknowledges the heating effect of microwave radiation.