Investigate RI G​.​L. §39-32 for Victimizing Communities of Color in Providence, RI

Investigate RI G​.​L. §39-32 for Victimizing Communities of Color in Providence, RI

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RI General Laws §39-32 enacted on 9/27/2017 have encouraged municipalities to transfer the ownership of telephone poles along with Public Rights of Way to private entities. The laws allow the new owners of the telephone poles to regulate themselves forcing residents like me to approach any inquiry or complaint about the installation of questionable, invasive, and ugly devices with out the support of any State regulatory agency.

The new devices on the poles have increased the exposure of Radio Frequency Radiation to entire communities of color in Providence. The devices have been placed near our homes, schools, places of worship, bakeries, and the busy stores and restaurants. Most of the small wireless facilities (SWFs) installed become eye sores to residents along with the excessive wires left behind with out any quality control or inspection standards.  

We demand a thorough investigation into the impacts RI G.L. §39-32 have caused on entire populations of people of color in Providence, especially those within the 02909 zip code. This includes an audit of state and municipal budgets and impacts on our health. We did not consent to have our bodies used for the technological development of the Internet of Things and SWFs.  

Regardless if you live in Rhode Island or not, please sign if you support our effort. Your positive energies will keep us moving forward and give the impression you do not want the same to happen in your neighborhood.