Tell City officials to protect us from adverse health effects of wireless technology

Tell City officials to protect us from adverse health effects of wireless technology

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Idahoans for Safe Technology started this petition to Boise City Planning and Zoning Department and

In a recent landmark ruling, D.C. Circuit Court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) failed to consider evidence of harm, including to children, from 5G and wireless radiation.

The ruling challenges the FCC’s decision not to review its 1996 health and safety guidelines regarding wireless-based technologies - in light of the vast amount of scientific and medical evidence showing that current guidelines do not adequately protect health and the environment.

Learn what’s going on in our neighborhoods.  Pictured above, the resident came home to an antenna installed in her front yard after just three days!   The emergence of densified 4G/5G will exponentially increase these Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation (RF-EMR) exposures.  

Please be advised this is being decided NOW - adverse impacts on our children are at stake!

Municipalities around the country are rewriting their zoning codes to provide guidelines that minimize the adverse impacts from wireless communication facilities.  Boise is currently rewriting the City’s Zoning Code, no small undertaking.  Most communities have special zoning laws for cell towers, or "wireless telecommunications facilities”, but not all communities have gotten around to changing their codes to accommodate the "small cell" antennas that are part of the new 5G network. 

The City of Boise must take back local control to the greatest degree possible by adopting a PROTECTIVE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ORDINANCE.  Excellent examples of local codes - all compliant with the Telecommunications Act (TCA) - are found at and

Tell Boise City officials we want our zoning code to address public safety.  We want all personal wireless telecommunications facilities, including a small wireless facility, to comply with the following requirements:

  1. a requirement to demonstrate why non-residential areas are not suitable for antenna placement
  2. certification that the proposed small cell installations address a significant "gap" in service that cannot be otherwise addressed
  3. small cell deployments must go through the NEPA and NHPA ‘review’ process to determine if further study or analysis is required before site approval (per ruling in United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma v. FCC, No. 18-1129, D.C. Cir. 2019)

  4. enforce collocation of infrastructure on nearby towers

  5. 500 to 1500-foot setbacks from residential and school zones

  6. extensive design requirements

  7. distance of 1500 feet away from other small cell installations 

  8. annual random, independent radio-frequency testing

  9. certification that the applicant (or the third party telecom on whose behalf the antenna is being installed) possess liability insurance without an exclusion for personal injury from exposure to microwave radiation

  10. notification of all property owners within 500 feet of the proposed installation, and a requirement for the posting of a conspicuous bright orange sign notifying residents of the proposed installation

  11. limit maximum effective radiated power (ERP) to a level providing 5-bar telecom service

  12. retrofit ~350 currently permitted sWTFs to ensure minimum power necessary

  13. require “fiber sharing boxes” in public rights-of-way to promote Fiber To The Premises (FTTP)

  14. implement fuse boxes and policing fees to ensure compliance and generate revenue for the City of Boise

  15. permit required and all applications to be made available for public inspection

The City of Boise needs fast, secure, safe and reliable internet that can only be achieved with WIRED infrastructure such as fiber optics to the premises (FTTP).  We, the people, have paid for this infrastructure for decades by way of fees on our phone bills - and the large telecoms have illegally misdirected these subsidies to build their private wireless networks.  Therefore, we also demand that the City invest in WIRED infrastructure for high speed internet, NOT wireless.

On March 13, 2020, the D.C. Court of Appeals Irregulators V. FCC decision freed billions of dollars per state from these misdirected funds.  Cities across the US are creating their own municipally-owned, fiber optic networks which are far safer, faster, more secure from cyber attacks, and yield a rich revenue source for local governments.

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