Report on Smart Meter Problems

Updated May 1, 2017

The report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” is available free to the public for downloading and printing. This 173-page report, released in 2012 by health and environmental advocate Nina Beety, has extensive referenced information on the many problems and risks of the Smart Meter program known at that time, with information from state, national, and international resources.

Investigation and admissions by the industry since 2012 continue to substantiate these serious problems, providing a searing indictment on regulatory and legislative officials who have failed to halt Smart Meter deployments.

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Postponed: Elon Musk / SpaceX to launch 60 satellites May 16, 22:30 EDT– for global 4G / 5G / Wi-Fi

UPDATE: The May 16 launch has been postponed. A new date has not been set according to Space Flight Now.
spaceflightnow.com/2019/05/17/spacex-postpones-starlink-launch-to-update-satellite-software/

Original post:

Today, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX will launch the first 60 of 12,000 satellites planned to blanket the Earth in 4G/5G/Wi-Fi.

Other companies have been approved or are applying to launch similar universal coverage projects, including Google, Amazon, and OneWeb (which launched its first batch this year).

Musk ignored experts who warned of a range of serious impacts from this deployment, including the health and environmental consequences, interference with electronics, medical devices, and aviation, etc.. The FCC approved these launches over these objections.

Then last month, the FCC approved a much lower Earth orbit for Musk’s satellites than previously approved, allowing even greater exposure to everyone from this pulsed microwave radiation.[1]

There was no safety testing.

The satellites will launch at 22:30 Eastern Daylight Time on May 16, 2019 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The countdown webpage is here:
spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/space-exploration-technologies/spacex-targeting-may-15-to-launch-60-starlink-satellites/

These satellites only last 5 years, needing frequent replacement at great cost to the atmosphere from the pollution and ozone depletion of the repeated rocket launches as well as the burning retired satellites  containing toxic materials and chemicals.

For in-depth information on the impacts and hazards from Elon Musk’s SpaceX and the other companies:

http://www.stopglobalwifi.org/
https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/the-appeal

For health, environment, and other impacts:
http://www.mdsafetech.org
http://www.whatis5g.info
http://www.saferemr.com
http://www.ehtrust.org

Stop 4G and 5G from space.

[1] spaceflightnow.com/2019/04/30/fcc-approves-spacexs-plan-to-operate-starlink-satellites-at-lower-altitude/

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Toulouse, France: Un juge toulousain autorise des personnes électrosensibles à refuser le compteur Linky

France Bleu

Par Olivier LebrunFrance Bleu Occitanie et France Bleu

Mercredi 20 mars 2019

C’est une première en France, un juge des référés de Toulouse a donné raison ce lundi à 13 plaignants qui refusaient l’installation du compteur Linky pour raisons médicales. Enedis ne pourra pas installer le nouveau compteur chez ces personnes électro-hypersensibles.

Toulouse, France

C’est une victoire pour les opposants au compteur Linky. Pour la première fois, un juge des référés du tribunal de grande instance de Toulouse a entendu les plaintes des personnes ne supportant pas le compteur Linky pour des raisons médicales. Prenant appui sur des certificats médicaux versés aux débats, le juge a ordonné ce lundi à Enedis de ne pas installer le Linky chez 13 particuliers de Haute-Garonne et oblige la distribution de courant électrique “propre” sans CPL (courant porteur en ligne, courant à haute fréquence injecté dans les installations par Linky). 

Une première brèche pour les anti-Linky

“C’est plus qu’une pierre dans le jardin d’Enedis, cette ordonnance confirme que l’installation du Linky n’est pas obligatoire pour le consommateur qui peut refuser une telle installation, explique Me Christophe Lèguevaques, l’un des deux avocats représentant ces plaignants sensibles aux ondes émises par les compteurs. “Certes, il nous reste encore du chemin à parcourir pour convaincre la justice de l’urgence d’agir. Mais rappelons-nous que les dangers de l’amiante ont été révélés dès 1906 et qu’il a fallu attendre 1996 pour que ce produit soit interdit, tant les intérêts financiers et industriels prévalaient sur la santé des populations“, estime-t-il.

“Certains demandeurs ne pouvaient plus vivre chez eux”

“C’est une étape importante”, ajoute Me Arnaud Durand, “Certains demandeurs ne pouvaient plus vivre chez eux car leur domicile était devenu insupportable. Cette décision respecte leur dignité de malade.””Jusqu’à présent, les juges des référés refusaient de trancher, et préféraient rejeter les demandes, laissant le juge du fond statuer, ce qui laisse les mains libres à Enedis dans sa pose forcée des Linky”, expliquent les avocats.

Depuis plusieurs mois, l’avocat Toulousain Me Christophe Léguevaques et son collègue parisien Me Arnaud Durand ont engagé des procédures pour le compte de 5.500 particuliers auprès de 22 tribunaux en France. Le combat des anti-compteur Linky se poursuit, avec de nouvelles audiences prochainement à Versailles, Nanterre, Grenoble, Evry, Narbonne, Nevers et Tours. Enedis aurait déjà fait appel de la décision du juge toulousain.

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/societe/un-juge-toulousain-autorise-des-personnes-electrosensibles-a-refuser-le-compteur-linky-1553062048

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France: Toulouse judge rules against Enedis, allows electromagnetically sensitive people to refuse Smart Meters

Smart Meters are called Linky meters in France.

from FranceBleu
[Rough translation]

A Toulouse judge allows electrosensitive people to refuse the Linky meter

by Olivier Lebrun

March 20, 2019

This is a first in France, an appeals court judge in Toulouse on Monday ruled in favor of 13 plaintiffs who refused the installation of Linky meter for medical reasons. Enedis will not be able to install the new meter on the homes of these electro-hypersensitive people.

Toulouse, France

 This is a victory for the opponents of the Linky meter. For the first time, a judge of the Toulouse High Court hearing hears complaints from people who do not support the Linky meter for medical reasons. Based on medical certificates about the disputes, the judge ordered Enedis on Monday not to install the Linky at 13 individuals in Haute-Garonne and requires the distribution of “clean” electrical power without CPL (powerline current with high frequency current injected by the Linky installations).

A first breach for anti-Linky

“This is more than a stone into the garden of Enedis, this order confirms that the installation of the Linky is not mandatory for the consumer, who can refuse this installation, says Christophe Lèguevaques, one of the two lawyers representing these complainants sensitive to the waves emitted by the meters. “Of course, we still have some way to go to convince the courts of the urgency to act. But remember that the dangers of asbestos were revealed as early as 1906 and that it was not until 1996 that this product was banned, as the financial and industrial interests prevailed over the health of populations, “he said. .

“Some applicants could no longer live at home”

“This is an important step,” says Arnaud Durand, “Some applicants could no longer live at home because their home had become unbearable.This decision respects their dignity as a patient.” “Until now, the judges of the appeals court refused to decide, and preferred to reject the requests, leaving the trial judge to rule, leaving Enedis free to force Linky meters [on customers] “, explain the lawyers.

For several months, Toulouse lawyer Christophe Léguevaques and his Paris colleague Me Arnaud Durand have initiated proceedings on behalf of 5,500 individuals in 22 courts in France. The anti-Linky meter fight continues, with new hearings soon in Versailles, Nanterre, Grenoble, Evry, Narbonne, Nevers and Tours. Enedis has already appealed the decision of the Toulouse judge.

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/societe/un-juge-toulousain-autorise-des-personnes-electrosensibles-a-refuser-le-compteur-linky-1553062048

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Video: Unprotected smart home cameras and how hackers can use smart home devices to compromise your home

From CBC Canada, Marketplace

September 18, 2018

Smart home devices are supposed to increase convenience and security, but Marketplace reveals they could actually be making your home, your family and your data more vulnerable, and putting your privacy at risk.


https://youtu.be/-P0rSnt2HSU

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2017 report finds 66% of U.S. cities investing in “smart city” technology. ‘Blurring’ public-private boundaries leads to company towns.

“My big takeaway from this report is the way technology is influencing cities and almost blurring the lines between public and private. …”  DuPuis said.

From Tech Republic
by Teena Maddox
November 6, 2017

A report from the National League of Cities shows that US cities are incubators for new technology, and a sharing economy is a major part of the plan for many municipalities.
[Sharing economy is an inaccurate buzz word for powerful companies such as Uber and AirBnB that have horrific economic, housing, and traffic impacts on cities and counties, and whose political power pressures local policymaking.]

Smart city growth continues to expand, with 66% of cities reporting that they are investing in smart city technology, and 25% of those without any smart city systems are exploring how to implement it, according to a new report from the National League of Cities (NLC).

The report, an update to a similar NLC study in 2015, was the result of a survey of elected city officials across the US. This report dove in deeper on smart city topics than the previous report.

“It’s exciting to see that 66% of cities have invested in smart city technology for municipal operations or services, but I do still feel like there’s a definitional issue at play on what truly is a smart city. There’s so many different voices, from the business sector to non-profit to cities themselves that are trying to define what a smart city is. And until we can really fully encapsulate what it means to be a smart city, I think that we still have some movement ahead within that space,” said Brooks Rainwater, co-author of the report and senior executive and director of the Center for City Solutions at NLC.

Nicole DuPuis, who co-authored the report with Rainwater and is the principal associate for Urban Innovation in the Center for City Solutions at NLC, said, “I was a little surprised by that number [66%]. I think that it was a little higher than I anticipated, but again there’s a wide range of what we’re calling smart city technology. It could be everything from smart parking meters to sensor networks to governance applications. So, there’s kind of a wide breadth in terms of what we’re talking about.”

Of those cities that have invested in smart city technology, the top applications include:

  • Smart meters for utilities

  • Intelligent traffic signals

  • E-governance applications

  • Wi-Fi kiosks

  • Radio frequency identification (RFID) sensors in pavement

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Profiles in Corruption: How Telecoms Control the California Legislature

From 48 Hills

By Chris Witteman and Tracey Rosenberg
July 1, 2018

The last couple of weeks have not been good ones for those who see communications as a social justice issue.

The 2015 Open Internet Order, which ensured Internet neutrality and fairness, was finally stripped out of the law books per order of the Trump FCC, now run by a former lawyer for Verizon. San Francisco’s plan for a publicly-owned fiber broadband network was put on hold, and all indications are that Mayor Breed will likely bow to AT&T and Comcast by keeping it from resurfacing. And California’s own net neutrality bill, designed to reverse what Trump’s FCC had done, got ambushed by an upstart young Assemblymember.

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AT&T’s annual “Speaker’s Cup” golf tournament is a case study in out-of-control lobbying.

The California bill’s sponsor, Sen. Scott Wiener, did it right—he listened to the experts (folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick, and others), and crafted a bill, SB 822, that many regarded as the gold standard in net neutrality, with protections even better than the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.

SB 822 was voted out of three Senate committees by healthy margins, and then passed by the full Senate on May 30 on a 23-12 vote, even picking up votes from otherwise AT&T-friendly legislators like Kevin De Leon and Ben Hueso.   

But they were waiting for it in the Assembly, with knives sharpened.  

At about 10pm on Tuesday night, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago’s Conveyance and Communications Committee released amendments designed to gut the bill, allowing the telcos and cable companies to charge content providers for the privilege of reaching consumers (that would be you, dear reader), even though you are paying for Internet access service that promises non-discriminatory end-to-end access to all content on the Internet. Under the Santiago amendments, carriers like AT&T and Comcast could collect twice every time you view a Netflix film or other content, once in your monthly bill, and once from the content provider.

What could explain Santiago’s determination to cripple the bill, and prevent an open discussion before the vote? Maybe the fact that he received over $66,000 from communications carriers in the several years before this vote, while other Committee members voting for the amendments received from $23,000 to $102,000 each. And that the California Democratic Party has received a great deal more from AT&T, Comcast, and other major industry players.

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Does the 1996 Telecommunications Act violate the U.S. Constitution? The Leahy, Jeffords, Sanders et al. amicus brief to the Supreme Court in 2000

In 1997, a lawsuit was filed against the FCC by 53 parties in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. The parties lost, and filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

This amicus brief was filed in support of the appeal to the Supreme Court. It asked:

“QUESTION PRESENTED

Whether Congress and the Federal Communications Commission, by requiring State or local zoning authorities to issue, or not issue, building permits for the construction of personal wireless service facilities under specific federal mandates or limitations have thereby commandeered state governmental processes in violation of the Tenth Amendment as interpreted by this Court in New York v. United States, 505 U.S. 144 (1992) and Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997)”

The anti-commandeering legal doctrine comes from the 10th Amendment regarding the rights of states.

Excerpts

“Argument:

Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and implementing Federal Communications Commission Regulations, are unconstitutional under the 10th Amendment in that they commandeer state and local zoning authorities to approve, or disapprove, building permits under specific federal mandates.”


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