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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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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Panagopoulos: Comparing DNA damage induced by mobile telephony and other types of man-made electromagnetic fields

Published in

Mutation Research/Reviews in Mutation Research

Volume 781, July – September 2019
Available online March 11, 2019

Dimitris J.Panagopoulosabc
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mrrev.2019.03.003

Abstract

The number of studies showing adverse effects on living organisms induced by different types of man-made Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) has increased tremendously. Hundreds of peer reviewed published studies show a variety of effects, the most important being DNA damage which is linked to cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, reproductive declines etc. Those studies that are far more effective in showing effects employ real-life Mobile Telephony (MT) exposures emitted by commercially available mobile phones. The present review – of results published by my group from 2006 until 2016 – compares DNA fragmentation induced by six different EMFs on the same biological system – the oogenesis of Drosophilamelanogaster – under identical conditions and procedures. Such a direct comparison between different EMFs – especially those employed in daily life – on the same biological endpoint, is very useful for drawing conclusions on their bioactivity, and novel. It shows that real MT EMFs are far more damaging than 50 Hz alternating magnetic field (MF) – similar or much stronger to those of power lines – or a pulsed electric field (PEF) found before to increase fertility. The MT EMFs were significantly more bioactive even for much shorter exposure durations than the other EMFs. Moreover, they were more damaging than previously tested cytotoxic agents like certain chemicals, starvationdehydration. Individual parameters of the real MT EMFs like intensity, frequency, exposure duration, polarization, pulsing, modulation, are discussed in terms of their role in bioactivity. The crucial parameter for the intense bioactivity seems to be the extreme variability of the polarized MT signals, mainly due to the large unpredictable intensity changes.

For the study (subscriber or paid access)
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1383574218300991?via%3Dihub#!

    Summary by a colleague:

    While cytotoxic chemical agents caused damage only at certain stages of the egg’s development, cell phone radiation was found to cause damage at ALL stages of egg development and heritable DNA mutations which could be passed on to the next generation.

    Results were statistically significant:

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    Breaking: California Supreme Court affirms municipal authority to regulate utilities and right-of-way ‘small cell’ towers

    April 4, 2019, the California Supreme Court published an opinion supporting municipal authority to make regulations on so-called ‘small cell’ PROW (public right of way, aka ROW) towers and uses of the public’s right-of-way. This opinion affirms the 2016 appellate court ruling.

    This opinion seems to go far beyond mere aesthetic standards — the focus of the lawsuit by T-Mobile West LLC — affirming the exercise of municipalities’ full police powers to regulate small cell towers in the public’s right of way, including that municipalities do have discretionary power.

    These rulings have bearing on Smart Meters in California because of the affirmation of local policing powers. The Supreme Court and appellate court decisions repudiate CPUC claims of exclusive jurisdiction over utilities made during the Smart Meter roll-out.

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    Review: Effects of electromagnetic fields exposure on the antioxidant defense system

    Very clearly written on EMF and RF impacts on biological cells, free radical formation, and oxidative stress. Important information for the public and for health professionals.

    Full review article and PDF at
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213879X17300731?fbclid=IwAR12tzF_1gThavXJS2UOyFMFC1OyNDOgzA9wncVrb65glF8gIQa17eXRHA8

    Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure
    Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2017, Pages 167-176
    Open Access

    Elfide Gizem Kıvrak, Kıymet Kübra Yurt, Arife Ahsen Kaplan, Işınsu Alkan,Gamze Altun
    Department of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmau.2017.07.003
    Under a Creative Commons license

    Excerpt:
    Technological devices have become essential components of daily life. However, their deleterious effects on the body, particularly on the nervous system, are well known. Electromagnetic fields (EMF) have various chemical effects, including causing deterioration in large molecules in cells and imbalance in ionic equilibrium. Despite being essential for life, oxygen molecules can lead to the generation of hazardous by-products, known as reactive oxygen species (ROS), during biological reactions. These reactive oxygen species can damage cellular components such as proteins, lipids and DNA. Antioxidant defense systems exist in order to keep free radical formation under control and to prevent their harmful effects on the biological system. Free radical formation can take place in various ways, including ultraviolet light, drugs, lipid oxidationimmunological reactions, radiation, stress, smoking, alcohol and biochemical redox reactionsOxidative stress occurs if the antioxidant defense system is unable to prevent the harmful effects of free radicals. Several studies have reported that exposure to EMF results in oxidative stress in many tissues of the body. Exposure to EMF is known to increase free radical concentrations and traceability and can affect the radical couple recombination. The purpose of this review was to highlight the impact of oxidative stress on antioxidant systems.

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    California: Danville City Council tells Verizon: We’re not going to be bowled over…We say, No! (VIDEO)

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    CALIFORNIA MAYOR ADMITS LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS “LOST CONTROL” OF 5G ROLLOUT

    Derrick Broze, TMU
    Mar. 14, 2019

    On March 6, the Danville Town Council voted four to one to block a permit for an upcoming small cell wireless installation by Verizon. During the meeting, Danville Mayor Robert Storer stated that the vote was an effort to stand up to the federal government and telecommunications companies, like Verizon.

    The Danville Town Council’s decision to deny the land use-permit for the small cell opens the town to possible lawsuits from Verizon.

    We’ve made a lot of difficult decisions over the years, and this one is right up there in my top three. But that is exactly why somebody elects us to do the right things,” Mayor Robert Storer said during the council meeting. We’ve lost local control and this says: ‘You know what? We are sick of this and we’re not going to just sit here and be bulled over.’ We say no; we play our cards out. We’ve been in lawsuits before.”

    The installation of small cell sites is taking place around the nation as the U.S. government and telecommunications companies roll out 5th Generation—or 5G—cellular technology. The new technology is expected to herald the beginning of Smart Cities, where driverless cars, pollution sensors, cell phones, traffic lights, and thousands of other devices interact in what is known as “The Internet of Things”. However, there have been a number of health and privacy concerns raised by opponents of the rapidly advancing 5G technology expansion.

    The controversial vote came after the Town Council had been inundated with complaints and concerns from Danville residents who worry the new small cell site and other 5G related infrastructure could have negative health effects. The installation of small cells and other 5G infrastructure is opposed by Danville Citizens for Responsible Growth (DCRG), a local group who has been putting pressure on the Town Council since at least October 2018.

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