- Senator John ThuneSenate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
- Chairman Jay RockefellerSenate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
- Representative Henry WaxmanHouse Committee on Energy & Commerce
- Chairman Fred UptonHouse Committee on Energy & Commerce
Help protect our migratory birds and our health.
Tell Congress and President Obama - Stop FirstNet Microwave Towers and Fund Fiber Optics to Protect Birds, Children and Communities!
Congress and President Obama are spending 7 billion of our tax dollars on a new nationwide deployment of microwave communication towers, called FirstNet. This will increase dangerous microwave radiation in our environment which threatens birds, children and communities. FirstNet is not necessary for internet service. The better way to deliver fast, safe, secure, and reliable internet service is with fiber optics.
The US Department of Interior warns FirstNet threatens birds stating, “Study results have documented nest and site abandonment, plumage deterioration, locomotion problems, reduced survivorship, and death”. Studies document impacts on public health from microwave radiation, including: poor sleep quality, insomnia, headaches, tinnitus, skin rash, facial flushing, cardiac arrhythmia, seizures, neurological disorders, memory and cognitive problems, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, and Autism, to name a few. Children are especially vulnerable to microwave radiation.
Please sign the petition asking Congress and President Obama to stop the FirstNet microwave communication towers and instead fund a nationwide fiberoptic internet system and research safe low radiation first responder networks.
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- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
Senator John Thune
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
Chairman Jay Rockefeller
- House Committee on Energy & Commerce
Representative Henry Waxman
Dear President Obama and Congress,
Help protect our migratory birds and our health from exposure to dangerous microwave radiation from communication towers before it is too late!
Birds suffer from serious health problems as a result of exposure to microwave radiation from communication towers. According to the Department of Interior - “Study results have documented nest and site abandonment, plumage deterioration, locomotion problems, reduced survivorship, and death”. They further state “the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today.” (http://www.saferemr.com/2014/03/dept-of-interior-attacks-...)
Human health studies have documented a host of health problems related to exposure to microwave radiation from communication towers. Human health problems resulting from exposure to microwave radiation from wireless technology can include: poor sleep quality, insomnia, headaches, skin rash, facial flushing, cardiac arrhythmia, seizures, neurological disorders, memory and cognitive problems, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, and Alzheimer’s disease to name a few. (www.electricalpollution.com, www.stopsmartmeters.org, www.bioinitiative.org) Modern studies showing harm from microwave radiation emitting wireless technology build on the strong foundation of earlier studies also showing harm. Please read “CRITICISM OF THE HEALTH ASSESSMENT IN THE ICNIRP GUIDELINES FOR RADIOFREQUENCY AND MICROWAVE RADIATION (100 kHz - 300 GHz)” (http:// www.neilcherry.com/documents/90_m4_EMR_ICNIRP_critique_09-02.pdf) and Cellular Telephone Russian Roulette: A Historical and Scientific Perspective (http:// microondes.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/robert_c_kane_cellular_telephone_russian_roulette.pdf) for a more complete understanding of how dangerous microwave radiation emitting technology is.
NTIA-FirstNet would blanket the United States with a network of communication towers spewing microwave radiation on a near continuous basis across the whole country. This would be highly detrimental to migratory birds, bees, bats, butterflies, frogs, and people (http://www.biolmedonline.com/Articles/Vol4_4_2012/Vol4_4_202-216_BM-8.pdf and http://www.moef.nic.in/downloads/public-information/final_mobile_towers_report.pdf). Trees can also be damaged by microwave radiation from telecommunication towers. Plant growth experiments performed by Danish 9th grade students and replicated by a second grader in Michigan yielded stunning results and show in a very visual manner that plant growth can be severely impaired by the pulsed modulated microwave radiation from WiFi. (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2013/05/can-wifi-signals-stunt-plant-growth/ and http://www.tricitytimes-online.com/Articles-News-i-2014-04-02-218015.112113-Oh-mywhats-in-WiFi.html)
NTIA-FirstNet is an unnecessary and expensive industry-influenced government program, masquerading as a first responder network. Both first responders and communities deserve a safe communication network emitting the minimum of radiation. FirstNet does not meet this criteria and would endanger migratory birds, the environment, our health, and first responder’s health. Genuine concern for first responders’ ability to communicate in emergencies is being used as a cover to support installation of a dangerous communication system and to allow telecom companies to blanket the nation in microwave radiation.
Fiber optic is the fastest and most secure internet service and most of the rest of the developed world has fiber optic internet available at almost all homes and offices (premises). Microwave radiation emitting wireless is the slowest, least reliable, most hackable, energy intensive, and dangerous way to deliver internet service. We do not want to spend our hard-earned tax dollars to support installation of a slow, unreliable, hackable, energy hogging, and dangerous internet system like NTIA-FirstNet.
Instead, we want our President and Congress to protect our migratory birds, the environment, our food supply, and our health by taking these concrete steps:
1. Halt all government funding for NTIA-FirstNet and other wireless broadband infrastructure. Fund a national fiber to the premises initiative without provider-installed wireless at the premises since this would raise area microwave radiation levels and be detrimental for the migratory birds. (http://www.wbur.org/npr/272480919/when-it-comes-to-high-speed-internet-u-s-falling-way-behind) Research safe low RF radiation first responder communications systems to use in place of FirstNet.
2. Hold an oversight hearing to find out why FCC is not enforcing their RF radiation limits. The RF limits are, as the Department of Interior stated, “... based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today”, but even so the FCC is not enforcing them and many communication towers exceed them. An EMR Policy Institute investigation (http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/-1770139.htm) found that many towers are transmitting up to and in excess of 600% over the outdated RF limits. The FCC took no enforcement action after being notified of violations multiple times. EMR Policy Institute research has found only one case where the FCC issued a Notice of Violation. The FCC needs to develop meaningful enforcement protocols (which should NOT include notifying telecom companies of impending compliance tests) and significant fines for violations.
3. Halt all transmitting smart utility meter installations. They raise the microwave radiation levels in the area and harm migratory birds. This article is about the disappearance of birds after too many transmitting smart utility meters were installed (http://www.rentonreporter.com/news/192319761.html). Studies show that transmitting utility meters do not result in energy/resource savings (www.ct.gov/ag/lib/ag/press_releases/2011/020811clpmeters.pdf), but they do make all our basic utilities profoundly vulnerable to hacking and therefore pose a serious national security threat. [“Security holes in power grid have federal officials scrambling” LA Times, April 7, 2014 http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-grid-security-20140407,0,5068036.story#axzz2ymz2yjoV and Woolsey, James (August 11, 2011). EnergyNOWnews. Interview with Thalia Assuras. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQImZpKW_lo.]
4. Have the FCC monetarily incentivize the use of landline/cable/fiberoptic telephones over wireless phone service. The more phones using a tower the higher the radiation levels climb and the more the towers endanger our birds and our health.
5. Authorize and fund the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop meaningful population and environmentally based RF radiation limits to protect migratory birds and human health.
6. Require the FCC to adopt and enforce the EPA RF radiation limits.
Thank you for taking action to protect migratory birds and our health.
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