Source: City of San Jose Infrastructure map
Moving Macro Cell tower technology (antennas, radios, power supplies and other industrial equipment) into residential neighborhoods has been a long-term goal of the Wireless industry for over a decade. Why is that? It's the cheapest place for the Wireless industry to build its cell towers and cellular antennas installed as close as 15 to 50 feet from homes will create a 24/7 surveillance and crowd-control grid — one that violates Californians' inalienable rights to privacy and safety.
In 2019, Wireless telecommunications in urban environments, such as San Jose, is a decidedly mature industry, with lower growth projections — everyone already has a smart phone and good 4G/LTE coverage. This is easily heard in testimony by the Wireless Industry before the US Senate on March 2, 2017: "98% of Americans can already choose from three Wireless Carriers and 93% can choose from four operators."
So, instead of concentrating on serving those suffering on the other side of the Digital Divide (those without good broadband options in rural and lower income areas), Big Wireless Cos., which are private companies — not public utilities — would rather spend hundreds of millions of dollars to lobby for additional favors to overserve the nicer neighborhoods in San Jose in order to make more profits, instead of closing the Digital Divide — they aim to compete against Comcast and sell an unnecessary, hazardous and hugely energy-inefficient Wireless Television subscription, like the service in Sacramento that no one is buying.
Quite simply, this is about pure greed: the most captured Federal Agency in America, the FCC, has joined hands with our US Senators and House members (who are also being paid by Big Wireless) to pitch an unnecessary "Race to 5G" story using an economic projection by Accenture that was also paid for by Big Wireless. You need to know that these large Telecom firms have already misappropriated $Billions to finance the build out of 4G/LTE and now they want to extend the same illegal cross-subisidization scheme (looting State Public Telecom Utilities to enrich private Wireless Cos.) for the completely unnecessary densified 4G + 5G build out.
All of this corruption is designed to maximize the profits of Big Wireless in its end-stage of the Wireless expansion by transferring their liability to the Cities for the admitted harms caused by selling their hazardous, addictive Wireless products and services. The Cities (and eventually the tax payers) will have to pay the coming $Billions in settlements for the predictable laws suits over harms (and deaths) from installing Macro Cell tower technology 15 to 50 feet from homes — just like we had to do with Tobacco and Asbestos . . . and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has had a front row seat during this entire process . . .
To voice your opposition to 5G small cells being installed 10 to 50 feet from homes and schools.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is one of the thirteen United States Courts of Appeals. After the U.S. Supreme Court, the D.C. Circuit is usually considered the most prestigious of American Circuit courts because its jurisdiction contains the U.S. Congress and many of the U.S. government agencies, and therefore it is the main appellate court for many issues of American administrative law and constitutional law.
On August 9, 2019, the DC Circuit judges' ruling in Case 18-1129 found that FCC Order 18-30 was arbitrary and capricious and, therefore, unlawful. Consequently, the Court vacated FCC Order 18-30, thereby reinstating prior NEPA law requirements — such as, requiring an Environmental Assessment of densified 4G + 5G cell tower deployment. Since Verizons' spectrum license was obtained at the FCC, the placement, construction or modification of any so-called Small Cells anywhere in the US — including in the City of San Jose — is part of a federal undertaking. This August 9, 2019 DC Circuit decision mandates environmental review of the fully-envisioned network of so-called "Small Cells". This can be accomplished with CEQA, but we must first abide by the DC Circuit's decision: a NEPA Environmental Assessment must be completed before the City of San Jose installs any more densified 4G or 5G cell towers. The entire project must go on hold until Verizon and/or AT&T can demonstrate — with substantial written evidence in the public record — that NEPA Environmental Assessment has been completed and blessed by the FCC.
The World Health Organization has classified radio frequency microwave electromagnetic fields from any source (pulsed, data-modulated, Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation radiation) as a Group 2B Carcinogen. Dr. Lennart Hardell, a member of the IARC committee wrote in his 3/12/18 comments on the National Toxicology Program final results:
Based on the IARC preamble to the monographs, RF microwave radiation should be classified as Group 1: The agent is carcinogenic to humans.
"This category is used when there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. Exceptionally, an agent may be placed in this category when evidence of carcinogenicity in humans is less than sufficient but there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals and strong evidence in exposed humans that the agent acts through a relevant mechanism of carcinogenicity." (http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Preamble/currentb6evalrationale0706.php)
These so-called “Small Cell” towers would be installed just 15-50 feet from homes and transmit hazardous levels of pulsed, data-modulated, radio frequency microwave-millimeter wave radiation 24/7/365 — with no chance to opt out. Recall, that people damaged by 24/7/365 exposures from the Wireless Advanced Metering Infrastructure's (AMI) so-called "Smart Meters" forced PG&E to offer an opt out program. We need such an opt out for these CPRMA installations, as well: My Street, My Choice!
The solution is both simple and easy — instead of more Wireless, install Wireline fiber optic cables to each home and business in San Jose, which will provide much faster, more secure, more reliable and much more energy-efficient transmission of Internet and video data. Doing so would preserve the unique character of San Jose and prevent the private Telecom companies from shoving these these cheap, ugly, intrusive, microwave-radiation-emitting CPMRA installations into our town.
Despite the promises of additional convenience and the unbridled hype for Densified 4G and 5G and the "Internet of Things” (IoT), the primary duty of our elected officials is neither convenience, nor promised future economic growth, but to promote and preserve the health and welfare of the Town of Nevada City's residents, voters and taxpayers.