Urgent Actions to Stop Terrible Telecom Bills

Thank you for your all efforts so far to help to defeat these bad Telecom bills.  We hope you will continue to make calls and send emails to your representatives to prevent Telecom corporations from gaining control over where and how many wireless antennas/facilities are in your neighborhood, in front of your home, in parks, and near schools.

Please know your efforts are making a difference!  Legislators were flooded with your phone calls! And we must continue our advocacy.

URGENT ACTIONS TO STOP SB-556 & SB-378

SB-556 and SB-378 have passed the CA senate and moved on to the CA Assembly, where we hope to stop the bills in committee.  They will both come up for a vote on Wednesday July 7 in the Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance.  

We need calls and emails to all the Assembly Members on that committee, linked below, and to as many other Assembly Members as you have time and energy to contact.  

Contact all of them that you can, because if we don’t stop these bills in this committee, they will go to one more committee, then to a full floor vote in the Assembly

SB-556 will move quickly and must pass three committees by July 15, so please contact your Assembly Member as soon as possible and ask him or her to Vote No on SB-556 when it comes before the entire Assembly.  

If any of these bills get through both Senate and Assembly, our last chance to stop them is to lobby the Governor for a veto. That will be much easier to do if we get lots of NO votes and abstentions in the committees.


Members of the CA Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance

These are the Assembly Members we need to barrage with calls between now and July 7th.

Members | Committee on Communications and Conveyance

If you have time, call the committee staff as well.


STEP 1 CALLS TO 13 COMMITTEE MEMBERS

We need you to call some or all of the 13 committee members BEFORE 1PM ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 7 using one of the call scripts below.  If you are a constituent, be sure to tell them so.  If you’re not a constituent, tell them you are contacting the Assembly Member in their capacity as a member of the Committee on Communications and Conveyance, and the bills before that committee will affect you and all Californians.

If you get an answering machine, please leave a message with a few highlights of why it’s urgent that they oppose SB-556 and SB-378.  Talking points below.

Find your California State Representatives Here

SIMPLEST CALL SCRIPT FOR CONSTITUENTS OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS

“Hi, my name is ___(name)___ and I’m a constituent.  I live in __(city, zip code)__ and I’m calling to urge my Assembly Member to vote NO on SB-556 and SB-378 when those bills come up for a vote on July 7 in the Committee on Communications and Conveyance  Thank you.”

SIMPLEST CALL SCRIPT FOR NON-CONSTITUENTS

“Hi, my name is ___(name)___ and I’m calling Assembly Member ___ (name)___ in his/her capacity as a member of the Committee on Communications and Conveyance.  I’m urging a NO vote on SB-556 and SB-378 on July 7 when those bills come up for a vote in that committee.  Thank you.”

LONGER CALL SCRIPT FOR CONSTITUENTS

“Hi, my name is ___(name)___ and I’m a constituent.  I live in __(city, zip code)__ and I’m calling to ask my Assembly Member to vote NO on SB-556 and SB-378 when those bills come up for a vote on July 7 in the Committee on Communications and Conveyance.  

SB-556 will NOT bridge the digital divide because it does nothing to make broadband available to rural and underserved communities, and it does nothing to prevent Telecoms charging higher and higher rates for wireless broadband.  It will put Telecom corporations in charge of placement of small cells and wireless infrastructure, and will give them cheap access to every light pole and signal pole — overriding local regulations on fire prevention, safety, setbacks, zoning, and limits on height, size, and power output.  Telecom carriers need to be regulated, and this bill does the opposite.  Municipalities can ensure affordable and even subsidized internet access via WIRED broadband as a public utility.  The ONLY way to close the digital divide is to allow California cities and counties to offer WIRED municipally-operated broadband to and into buildings:  FASTER, SAFER, MORE RELIABLE, MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT, MORE PRIVATE, MORE CYBER-SECURE, and MORE AFFORDABLE.  If SB-556 passes, broadband for all won’t happen.  Please vote NO on SB-556. 

SB-378 would allow telecom corporations to bury 4G/5G backbone cables in very shallow “micro-trenches” in public rights of way without allowing public access to the cables. Micro-trenching was a disaster in Louisville, KY because car tires and rain destroyed the sealant over the cables, and the internet service failed for entire city blocks. The project was such a failure that Google paid Louisville to repair their roads and walked away from the project. We can’t amend SB-378 to require the recommended minimum of 20 inches deep, because that will not work in all topographies, such as coastal areas. For both safety and reliability, local municipalities should maintain their authority to conduct thorough reviews of placement and technology that will be installed underground in public rights of way, with local regulations appropriate for their local environments. Don’t let telecom corporations make a mess of our streets and our broadband service. Please vote NO on SB-378. Thank you.”

LONGER CALL SCRIPT FOR NON-CONSTITUENTS

“Hi, my name is ___(name)___ and I’m calling Assembly Member ___ (name)___ in his/her capacity as a member of the Committee on Communications and Conveyance.  I’m urging a NO vote on SB-556 and SB-378 on July 7 when those bilsl come up for a vote in that committee.

SB-556 will NOT bridge the digital divide because it does nothing to make broadband available to rural and underserved communities, and it does nothing to prevent Telecoms charging higher and higher rates for wireless broadband.  It will put Telecom corporations in charge of placement of small cells and wireless infrastructure, and will give them cheap access to every light pole and signal pole — overriding local regulations on fire prevention, safety, setbacks, zoning, and limits on height, size, and power output.  Telecom carriers need to be regulated, and this bill does the opposite.  Municipalities can ensure affordable and even subsidized internet access via WIRED broadband as a public utility.  The ONLY way to close the digital divide is to allow California cities and counties to offer WIRED municipally-operated broadband to and into buildings:  FASTER, SAFER, MORE RELIABLE, MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT, MORE PRIVATE, MORE CYBER-SECURE, and MORE AFFORDABLE.  If SB-556 passes, broadband for all won’t happen.  Please vote NO on SB-556. 

SB-378 would allow telecom corporations to bury 4G/5G backbone cables in very shallow “micro-trenches” in public rights of way without allowing public access to the cables. Micro-trenching was a disaster in Louisville, KY because car tires and rain destroyed the sealant over the cables, and the internet service failed for entire city blocks. The project was such a failure that Google paid Louisville to repair their roads and walked away from the project. We can’t amend SB-378 to require the recommended minimum of 20 inches deep, because that will not work in all topographies, such as coastal areas. For both safety and reliability, local municipalities should maintain their authority to conduct thorough reviews of placement and technology that will be installed underground in public rights of way, with local regulations appropriate for their local environments. Don’t let telecom corporations make a mess of our streets and our broadband service. Please vote NO on SB-378. Thank you.”

NOTE:  More talking points for your calls and letters are below.


STEP 2 SEND ONE GROUP EMAIL TO THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE

We need EVERYONE to send one group email to all 8 Assembly Members listed below.  Copy and paste all of the email addresses below into the To line of your email and then paste in the sample email text into the body of the email. Personalize your message by saying briefly what this issue means to you.  Add your name at the end and send!  

SAMPLE EMAIL

Email Subject Line:  Urgent:  Read Before Voting on SB-556

To the Chair and Members of the Assembly Committee on Local Government,

It is urgent that you vote NO on SB-556 and on any legislation that restricts local control over the placement of cell antennas.  Local control must be maintained.

[Say briefly why this issue is meaningful to you, or something about your family or occupation.] 

SB-556 will NOT bridge the digital divide because it does nothing to make broadband available to all, and it does nothing to prevent Telecoms charging higher and higher rates for internet access.  It will largely put Telecom corporations in charge of placement of small cells and wireless infrastructure, and will give them cheap access to every light pole and signal pole — overriding local regulations on fire prevention, safety, setbacks, zoning, and limits on height, size, and power output.  

Telecom carriers need to be regulated, and this bill does the opposite.  Municipalities can ensure affordable and even subsidized internet access via WIRED broadband as an income-producing  public utility.  The best way to close the digital divide is to allow California cities and counties to offer WIRED municipally-operated Broadband to and into buildings:  FASTER, SAFER, ENERGY-EFFICIENT, CYBER-SECURE, and respecting local zoning and permitting requirements.  

If SB-556 passes, broadband for all will not be the result.  The result will be hundreds of cell towers placed in front of our homes and on the easements of our property in California cities and suburbs, and continuing shoddy and limited internet access in rural and unprofitable areas. 

Keeping local control will allow municipalities to choose what is best based on the true needs and topography of each community.   

I am urging each member of the Assembly Committee on Local Government to support local governments by keeping local control and voting NO on SB-556.

Thank you.

Best regards,

[Your Name][Your California Address]


STEP 3 CALL IN ON WEDNESDAY JULY 7 AT 1:30pm TO VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION DURING THE COMMITTEE HEARING BEFORE THE VOTE

SB-556 and SB-378 are on a very short list of bills to be heard that day, and may be moved to the front of the list, as they were last time. We have experienced last-minute changes to the order of items on the agenda, such that our people missed voicing our opposition, so to be on the safe side, listen in on the meeting from the beginning at 1:30pm, and listen for any changes to the order bills will be heard.

Each bill will come up for discussion, public comments, and a vote.  

There will be a participant call-in phone number and access code published on the committee website by Wednesday morning.  Check the website before the meeting starts to get the correct phone number and access codehttps://acom.assembly.ca.gov/hearings

How to call in and speak during committee hearings

Please note:  In order for your testimony to be heard clearly, you must mute any devices you are using to live-stream the committee hearing prior to speaking your opposition to the committee. Please do not testify using speakerphone or bluetooth ~ this can cause acoustic feedback and make it very difficult to hear your testimony. 

  • Upon calling in, you will be placed in a “waiting room” where you will be muted but you can listen to the committee hearing as you wait. (there’s a time delay if you are watching online)
  • When a committee moves to public comment, a moderator will ask for anyone who is wishing to testify in “Support” of the bill to please press 1-0.  The moderator will again prompt those waiting in “Opposition”.  When the committee moves to opposition you should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator – be sure to listen for support or opposition and DO NOT press 1-0 until the proper position has been asked for. 
  • When you press 1-0 on your phone, you will wait and an operator will assign you a line number; at that time you will be placed in the queue for identification.  Remember your line number; the moderator will call out that number to identify YOU when it is your turn to testify.   

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you press 1-0 a second time, you will remove yourself from the queue and you will not be identified to testify. Every time you press 1-0 you either put yourself “In queue” or take yourself “Out of queue” so listen carefully, and press 1-0 only once when you are prompted by the moderator.

  • When you are successfully in the queue, with your assigned line number, the moderator will call out your line number, open your line, and at that time you may address the committee. You must have your own phone unmuted before you begin testimony.
  • Speak fast and don’t pause (you will only have a few seconds, so prepare what you want to say from below).
  • State your name, and your organization or group if you represent one.
  • State “I strongly oppose SB 556.”
  • State one of the following or your own short talking point:
    • Don’t Add Fuel to California Wildfires.
    • Cell Towers Are Fire Hazards.
    • Don’t Sell Out Worker & Public Safety to Telecom Corporations.
    • Maintain local control over zoning and building permits.
    • Don’t Steal Cities’ Rights to regulate wireless infrastructure placement and permitting.
    • Fiber To The Premises is the best choice to close the Digital Divide.
    • Fiber To The Premises is safer, faster, more secure & private, the best choice.
    • Municipal Wired Broadband is the best choice to close the Digital Divide.
    • This bill does nothing to close the digital divide.
    • This bill does not deliver broadband for all, it delivers profits to telecoms.  
    • Don’t Transfer Wireless Broadband Costs and Liabilities to Municipalities and the State.
  • State where you live in California.

See Teleconference commenting instructions here: Video: https://www.senate.ca.gov/media/20200724-How-to-give-Public-Comment-with-the-Telephone-System/video


WE STILL NEED LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

It’s time to reach out to local print and online publications up and down the state!  

If you have the time and the passion, please consider writing letters to editors of local print publications and online publications.

This is actually easier than it sounds. Any type of heartfelt letter can be sent. It should be fairly short for letters to editors, and can be longer for OpEds. Search “Print Publications in (your city or county)” to get a good list of publications where you can send your letters. Daily, weekly, or monthly print publications and any online blogs or websites that publish letters to the editor are all great places to oppose the small-cell buildout and educate about the benefits of Fiber-Optics to the Premises.

Click here for sample letters to the editor.


TALKING POINTS FOR ALL WIRELESS STREAMLINING BILLS

Why California Shouldn’t Fast-Track Wireless Antennas

  • This bill will do nothing to fix the digital divide, which is about affordability, not technology. Wired broadband is a superior technology, but telecom corporations make more money from unregulated wireless networks, and have no interest in building out wired broadband. So it must be done by local municipalities, which will be a win-win for the people and their local governments. Municipal broadband regulated as a utility will be a source of income for local governments, and will close the digital divide by providing broadband service to rural and underserved communities at an affordable price.
  • Small wireless facilities contain power sources and increase the risk of fires.
  • Local governments are responsible for the health, safety, and well-being of residents, and this bill eliminates essential permitting processes by local governments, including safety reviews.
  • Local governments must ensure antennas comply with state and federal rules.
  • Antennas may not comply with ADA and Fair Housing rules. People who are EMF-disabled can be discriminated against by antenna placement, and blocked from the right of way, their homes, and essential services.
  • Antennas near homes reduce property value and tax revenue.
  • Wireless networks consume much more energy than wired networks.
  • Telecom corporations cannot get insurance for health claims resulting from radio-frequency radiation (RFR) pollution exposure.
  • Government research proves that exposure to radio-frequency radiation (RFR) causes cancer.
  • Wireless networks are more easily hacked.
  • There’s already a much better, safer, faster, more reliable, more secure, more private, more energy-efficient, and more affordable solution for broadband connectivity — wired Fiber-Optics to the Premises (FTTP).

MORE TALKING POINTS

League of Cities Statement on SB-556

Talking Point from Americans for Responsible Technology

State Legislature moving to give telecom companies immense power

Call to Action from Communications Workers of America (CWA), District 9

TALKING POINTS VIDEO

If rather than reading, you would prefer to hear the talking points detailed in a video interview of Theodora Scarato and Catherine Dodd, click here for the video.  Bios in the notes under the video.

TALKING POINTS AGAINST SB-556

It shortens the FCC’s shot-clock which further undermines the ability of local officials to adequately review telecom applications. It claims to address the digital divide, but does nothing to address the underlying economic reality.

1. SB-556 shortens the FCC’s already-short shot-clocks, seriously undermining the ability of local governments to adequately review and safely integrate new wireless telecommunications infrastructure into their communities.

  • According to the California League of Cities, “SB-556…requires local governments to make space available to telecommunications providers without recognizing local authority to manage the public right-of-way preserved in federal law.” As such, the League opposes SB- 556.
  • The FCC currently requires localities to respond to applications for the placement of small wireless facilities within 60 to 90 days, depending on the proposed project. This bill shortens that time frame by between 15 and 45 days.
  • Local authorities should not be forced to rush through evaluating up to 300 applications in 45 days. Their careful consideration over the placement of these antennas is critical to reducing the risk of personal injury, damage to homes and property, or catastrophic fires.

2. Telecom corporations have reneged on their promises to bridge the digital divide for decades.

  • There are two ways to access the internet. “Broadband” access can be delivered either via wired (fiber) to the premises or via wireless technology. SB-556 is misleading because it equates the term “broadband” solely with “wireless broadband.” Wireless broadband is the most expensive type of broadband service for consumers, the least reliable type of broadband connection, but is the most profitable for telecom corporations.
  • The investment required to bring broadband services to rural and underserved communities has proved financially unattractive to telecom corporations. This bill does nothing to address broadband access and affordability issues.
  • According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, the best solution to bridge the digital divide for underserved communities is safe, reliable, affordable community fiber connections to homes, schools and businesses. SB-556 diminishes opportunities for local governments to take advantage of this option, with the State putting its thumb on the scale in favor of wireless broadband.

Please email us at 5gfreecalifornia at gmail.com and let us know about your calls made and letters/emails sent, so we have a record of opposition.

Thanks for your continued advocacy and for caring about the future of our planet.  Know that you make a difference.  ~ The 5G Free California Team.


Background

The California State Legislature has introduced several bills, all of which help to strip away local control over the deployment of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs) in public rights-of-way, including 5G small cells and antennas and supporting infrastructure.  Over half the states in the US have passed these Telecom-industry-friendly 5G streamlining bills. They are written in coordination between industry representatives and ALEC – the American Legislative Exchange Council.

SB-649 was vetoed in 2017, and the same power-grab is back, spread across many bills.

Check out this Open Letter to California about SB-649 from 2017. The same is still true today. You’re being Played by ALEC & AT&T Et Al

Preserve Local Control over 4G/5G Wireless Infrastructure

Don’t let Telecom decide where and how many antennas and wireless infrastructure are on poles in your neighborhood. Stop this all-encompassing Telecom power-grab. 

Oppose/Amend CA SB-556, AB-537, SB-378, and AB-955, the worst 2021 CA Broadband Bills that Demolish Local Control over Wireless Infrastructure.

There are several additional bills that affect broadband services, and we will identify the most important ones, and these four are at the top of our list to oppose, or oppose unless amended.

We tried to stop these bills in committee, and are still working that angle on the bills still in committee, but our calls to action now must expand to contacting every California Senator and Assembly Member ahead of full floor votes on each of these bad bills, beginning on Monday, May 10.


More Actions You Can Take

Help us schedule zoom meetings with every California Senator and Assembly Member

As a constituent, you have the right to request and schedule a zoom meeting with your representatives. We have a list of experts willing to educate legislators and their staff, and with advance notice, we can schedule someone to join your zoom call with you and your representative to present the best arguments in the most concise way, and offer suggested amendments where that is the best strategy. Contact us to coordinate scheduling an expert to join in on your zoom meeting with your representative.
310-455-9389 or 5GFreeCalifornia at gmail.com


Travel to Sacramento to Speak Your Opposition at the Capitol

With the excuse of COVID-19 safety protocols, phone testimony has been severely limited, and letters and emails seem to have minimal effect. Speaking your opposition in person during a hearing is the most effective action you can take. It is much harder to ignore crowds in the rooms and hallways holding signs. Write out in advance what you intend to say at the microphone, and run it by one of our experts for feedback before you go.

In your testimony or lobbying, it is crucial to avoid using the word “concern” because that is a legal term that allows your testimony to be dismissed as imaginary and not currently factual. Instead of “health concerns” refer to “health hazards.” Use these phrases to bookend your two-minute statement:

Start: I attest and affirm that the following statements are true, accurate, and within my personal knowledge.
[300 or so words of testimony go here]
End: I have expressed no matter of mere concern, but solely matters of substance, fact, and law.

In between the legalese bookend phrases, present evidence, not emotions. Quote data, scientific studies, and legal rulings. Also, never say “we need more studies” and never refer to the “precautionary principle,” which is only relevant if the science is not yet settled. We don’t need more studies, because the science is settled: both ionizing and non-ionizing radio-frequency microwave/millimeter wave radiation are proven to cause severe health hazards.


Travel to Your Representatives’ Local Offices to Speak with Them

If you can’t travel to Sacramento, the next most effective thing you can do is to hand-deliver well-written educational materials to your representatives’ local offices, and take some time to speak with their staff. Making an appointment in advance is best.


For additional info, actions, and talking points:


The Worst Telecom Power-Grab Bills

  • SB-556 ~ the “Demolish Local Control and Put Small Cells Anywhere” bill
  • AB-537 ~ the “Deemed Permit-Approved, Deemed Permit-Issued, Build WTFs Anywhere” bill
  • SB-378 ~ the “Cheap Micro-Trenching and No Public Access to Fiber” bill
  • AB-955 ~ the “Cell Towers Along Every Highway Deemed Approved” bill

Click here for 7 Good Reasons to Vote NO on SB-556.


AB-537, the “Deemed Permit-Approved, Deemed Permit-Issued, Build WTFs Anywhere” Bill, was heard and voted on (passed) on Wednesday, April 28 in the CA Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance

Click here for 3 Good Reasons to Vote NO on AB-537.


Click here for discussion of and arguments against SB-378.


Click here for discussion of and arguments against AB-955.

More Bills on Broadband

  • SB-28 (Caballero) ~ Rural Broadband and Digital Infrastructure Video Competition Reform Act of 2021
  • SB-732 (Bates) ~ Communications: broadband
  • SB-743 (Bradford) ~ Housing developments: broadband adoption: grant program
  • AB-34 (Muratsuchi) ~ Broadband for All Act of 2022
  • AB-41 (Wood) ~ Broadband infrastructure deployment
  • AB-464 (Mullin) ~ Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts: allowable facilities and projects
  • AB-537 (Quirk) ~ Communications: wireless telecommunications and broadband facilities
  • AB-1166 (Grayson) ~ Communications: wireless telecommunications facilities
  • AB-1176 (Eduardo Garcia) ~ Communications: universal broadband service: California Connect Fund
  • AB-1557 (Santiago) ~ Communications: utility pole attachments
  • AB-1560 (Daly) ~ Distance learning: pupil access: computing devices and broadband internet service

SB-556 was heard in the CA Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications on Monday April 19, and in the CA Senate Committee on Governance and Finance on Thursday April 22.

At the hearing on Monday April 19, we had many people give testimony in opposition, and the fact that 43 people were still in queue waiting to comment in opposition when time expired was noted in the record. We need to raise that number at every hearing! We got five abstentions, so the vote was 8-5, not 8-0 as reported.

On Thursday April 22, the order bills were heard was changed at the last minute, and people who called in at 1 pm discovered that SB-556 had already been heard, and most of us missed the opportunity to voice our opposition. We need to be prepared for that tactic this week by calling in at the beginning of committee meetings and listening to find out the order the bills will be heard.


Here’s Where to Submit an Opposition Letter through the “Position Letter Portal”:

https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/

Sample Opposition Letter Templates

Feel free to edit and personalize so it is not obvious it is a copy. 


To Whom it May Concern,

I am writing to urge that SB 556, as well as accompanying bills AB 537 and SB 378, be rejected and dismissed, since tens of thousands of Californians are already sick from wireless radiation.  The FCC is currently being sued by Childrens Health Defense for failing to protect public health by failing to update limits on exposure to wireless microwave radiation since 1996, and they have no doctors or scientists on staff.  Our local governments must be involved in decision-making on wireless telecom infrastructure and the better wired technology, Fiber-optic cables To and Through the Premises (FTTP).  

Please keep wireless infrastructure under local control.  Allow city and county municipalities to choose the best broadband technology for their local topography and control upgrades and modifications. Our towns, our streets!  

Support Municipal Internet Utility Services. Fiber to and through the premises (FTTP) is the only REAL way to end the digital divide. It is safer (no wireless radiation), more secure from hacking and surveillance, more reliable during weather events, provides much faster download speeds, is much less of a fire hazard, requires much less energy to operate (so is therefore “greener”), and is an economic boon to cities rather than large telecom corporations.

This is a crucial environmental issue, as well as a matter of public health, fire safety, preservation of privacy, and democracy.

We are counting on our decision-makers to do the right thing and protect us from further harm.

Sincerely,
(your name)
(your city)


Letter to Governance and Finance Committee 

Submit your letter through the portal April 18, 2021 

The Honorable Mike McGuire
Chair, Governance and Finance Committee
State Capitol Building, Room 408
Sacramento, CA 95814 

Cc: Committee Consultant Mr. Anton Favorini-Csorba
Governance and Finance Committee
State Capitol Building, Room 408
Sacramento, CA 95814 

RE: SB-556 (Dodd) Street Light Poles, Traffic Signal Poles, Utility Poles, and Support Structures – OPPOSED (As Amended 03/16/21) 

Dear Chair McGuire and Members of the Senate Standing Committee on Governance and Finance: 

Thank you for your careful consideration of who is best to make decisions about where Wireless Antennas are located.  I am writing on behalf of ORGANIZATION NAME, or yourself which strongly opposes SB-556 and asks for your help to whatever extent possible, to also help oppose AB-537.

This bill effectively eliminates local control over the placement, construction and modification of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs), particularly in the public rights-of-way, the management of which has been — and should remain — a municipal affair, not a statewide concern, and should not be decided by private Telecom Carriers. 

California is entering another drought year. The California Department of Water Resources has marked 2021 as the third-driest year on record for our State, potentially setting us up for a 5th and even more severe deadly wildfire season.  

California has suffered devastating fire losses due to telecom equipment. SB-556 aims to construct small cells even closer to homes and businesses, yet no wireless carrier or their agents can get liability insurance for claims of injury, death or illness. Over a decade, Lloyd’s of London and other insurers have instituted Pollution Exclusions for RF-EMR/EMF exposures.  Wireless telecommunication facilities are uninsurable. Fires have cost California Billions of dollars and individuals billions as well (not to mention displacement and suffering and death).

Wireless Telecom Facilities (aka antennas) are known fire-hazards, and decisions about where they should be placed are very important. State PUC law leaves local governments responsible for damage caused by attachments to their poles, not Telecom carriers, and not the state government.  Localities are the only authorities who should be charged with making these safety decisions. In addition, local elected representatives know the residents and neighborhoods in their cities/counties.  They know the neighborhood aesthetics and safety concerns.  

SB 556 is unnecessary because countless local governments have already negotiated contracts in good faith with wireless companies to allow use of locally owned poles in the public streets on what the industry views as reasonable terms, and local governments already comply with the 2018 FCC Small Cell Order.  Many cities in California have created special zones protecting parks, daycare centers, homes, schools, and fire stations, with setbacks for cell antenna towers in the public rights-of-ways. Each local government surveys its own neighborhood characteristics, its risks, and unique local conditions including: its own local fire codes, its unique topography, its existing fiber optic infrastructure and its needed wired fiber optic infrastructure, and the integrity of structures in HIGH winds. 

Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs) of any size or any “G” (generation) are known fire hazards. Lack of FCC attention to local concerns, complaints and damages (including traffic and fire) has allowed Telecom companies to self-regulate. SB 556 will further remove local control, and safety will be jeopardized. Rewiring poles for additional, sometimes multiple carriers’ antennas requires electrical engineering skills, and telecom carriers are not required to follow electrical code.

This is very expensive and the local government will have to bear initial expenses (until cost can be established for billing back the carriers). Imagine being stopped at a stoplight trying to evacuate from a fire and having the wind blow down the antennas above you. Many Californians have a diagnosis of post fire trauma — the very smell of smoke increases anxiety. Now they (or I) will have to worry about antennas as well. 

5G equipment will block disability access in our Public Rights of Way and in affected public buildings, which is morally and legally unacceptable and will prompt lawsuits.  SB-556 violates the ADA, American Disability Act. 

In addition to these very serious objections, it is documented that the 5G antenna roll out will lower property values and harm nearby businesses, (US Association of Realtors research).  This will lower the local government tax base. 

Alternatively, installation of wired broadband connections will be FASTER, with better video and audio, more private, more secure, more reliable, safer than wireless. It will not be affected in weather, wind and firestorms. 

SB-649 did not become law, though many busy legislators voted for it without knowing that it was written by industry lobbyists with ALEC (the corporate-beholden American Legislative Exchange Council.)  SB 556 is sponsored by wireless carriers.   In the words of Jerry Brown’s veto letter for SB-556’s predecessor, (2017’s SB-649)”I believe that the interest which localities have in managing rights of way requires a more balanced solution than the one achieved in this bill.”  

Lastly, increased density of antennas (more and closer) will not improve reception — that requires wiring into the premises and USB cables to your devices.  5G (fifth generation technology) is for total surveillance via the “internet of things” — it is NOT for improving video or voice communication. 5G reception is interfered with by hills, trees, and weather.  

California needs to take effective steps to close the Digital Divide. However, SB-556, is not technology-neutral, it only serves to increase the profits of the Wireless carriers without closing the Digital Divide. 

Regulating the internet as a public utility:  Wired FTTP Broadband installed with deep underground conduit (prevents fires). Local government can distribute internet resources and can generate revenue.   

Once again, the best solution for California is wired broadband, Fiber Optic to and through the premises (FTTP) and municipal utilities. 

Please vote down this bad bill and, instead, encourage the option of municipal wired broadband. We agree with the League of California Cities in asserting that the state must not further limit local control.  

Thank you for serving your constituents and working to protect us, to oppose SB-556, AB-537 and SB-378. 

Respectfully, 

NAME
ADDRESS 


Video/Photos ~ 5G SpaceX Satellite Protest ~
March 19, 2021 ~ SpaceX Headquarters

This protest took place on/at:
March 19, 2021 • 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
SpaceX Headquarters, 1 Rocket Road, Hawthorne, CA

We and millions more people around the world demand an immediate halt to 5G satellites & technology on earth & in space until proven safe… as we call for safer and wiser technology options.

Satellites, rockets, and 5G on earth and in sky.
What is the cost to health and the environment?

Up to 100,000 low earth orbit satellites, complementary earth base stations & millions more cell antennas (aka User Terminals) have been approved by the FCC. SpaceX and other companies are now deploying satellites to provide 5G wireless internet to every corner of the globe, blanketing the entire planet in wireless radiation with potentially devastating consequences to all of life.
Satellites have not been tested for safety. Dangers include:
  • depletion of the ozone layer
  • cyberattacks costing $Trillions
  • pollution from rocket launches (exhaust gases, black carbon, alumina, toxic chemicals)
  • space debris & collisions – Kessler Effect
  • vast increase in energy consumption
  • climate impacts from manufacturing & disposal of all connected “things” & infrastructure
  • interference with the global electrical circuit
  • potential disruption to satellites & connected IoT networks from solar flares
  • effects on navigation & survival of wildlife

#StopSatellitePollution

“The Heavens, our planet’s last precious frontier, are not a commodity to be bought and sold and degraded for private commercial gain.”

Please see this interview with Julian Gresser, 5G International Legal Action Network.  Julian is an International environmental public interest lawyer, twice Visiting Mitsubishi Professor at Harvard Law School and Visiting Professor at MIT, and an expert on industrial policy and collaborative innovation.  Here’s a link to the Declaration, a short video interview of Julian, and a portal to sign the Declaration, https://www.5g-ilan.com

Check out the Healthy Heavens Trust Declaration and the 5G Space Appeal and consider signing and joining our cause! For more information, email dgoldberg36 at gmail dot com.

PLEASE send this post and the flyer linked below to all of your contacts in this movement – including celebrities you know in the Los Angeles area that have expressed their support for the Stop-5G movement and/or other environmental issues. Feel free to post and distribute the flyer far and wide! 

Download SpaceX Satellite Protest Flyer

Organizers of this event do not endorse any forms of vandalism in advocating for safer technology and environmental stewardship.

Recordings of Previous Events

Archive Recording of our October 2020 Meeting

Our featured speakers for October 2020 were:

Andrew J. Campanelli began his legal career as a litigator in 1992.  Since then he has handled over 3,000 civil cases, and he has litigated over 1,000 cases to conclusion.  His law practice specialties include representation of local governments seeking to regulate the installations of wireless facilities, defending local governments in actions commenced under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and representation of civic associations and homeowners seeking to oppose the irresponsible placement of cell towers or wireless facilities.

Susan Clarke has a 10-year, post-masters background at the Harvard School of Public Health, with legal training on the side, and 30 years’ experience in RF/microwave radiation bioeffects health advocacy at the federal, state and local levels.  She has averted many antenna and tower construction projects and has authored legislation toward the banning of geoengineering for all 50 states and the federal government.   

Paul G of Scientists for Wired Technology (S4WT) assists advocacy efforts that seek to make effective, lasting changes to federal, state and local laws, regulations and practices that will protect people and other living organisms from the hazards of RF/MW — advocacy rooted in scientists’ research of the hazards of RF Microwave Radiation.  S4WT has helped to defeat state Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs) deployment bills, improve local telecom ordinances and stop cell tower installations in CA, OR, ID, IL, TN, NY and other states. 

Click here for the archived recording of our October 2020 meeting.


Archive Recording of our September 2020 Meeting

Scott Compton on Measuring and Protecting / Shielding Against EMR/EMF

Our September 3 meeting featured Scott Compton. Scott is an Electromagnetic Specialist, Health Coach, former biologist at Stanford University, writer of multiple books and blogs, and a creator of EMF Warriors.  His company, Lifestyle Hygiene, is a great resource for investigating 5G sources, wireless, and other EMFs in homes and offices. He has specialized knowledge of frequencies, circadian biology, epigenetics, quantum mechanics, ketogenic diets, intermittent fasting, cold thermogenesis, and the latest mitochondrial-related scientific literature. Scott lowers the EMFs in homes and offices with a wide range of EMF meters and tools to diagnose environments. He also consults directly with doctors and scientists on the latest research findings. He measures Dirty Electricity (DE), RF/Microwave Frequencies, Electric and Magnetic fields (including sweeping fields across landscapes), and stray voltage.  Scott is also an internet podcaster and an Influencer in scientific circles.

Click here for the archived recording of our September 3, 2020 meeting.

Archive Recording of our August 2020 Meeting

Featuring Dafna Tachover Speaking on
Clearing Up the Confusion About 5G

If you are not clear about what 5G is and isn’t, what technologies and frequencies are being used and by whom, and what the difference is between 5G, 4G, and other technologies, consider listening to this recording. Dafna answered many questions.

Dafna Tachover is one of the attorneys working on Childrens Health Defense v. the FCC, along with Robert F Kennedy Jr and Scott McCollough.  Dafna also has a background in military communications and is well-versed on the technologies of wireless telecommunications and the associated radio-frequency microwave radiation.

Click here for the archived recording of our August 6, 2020 meeting.

Archive Recording of our July 2020 Meeting

Learning from the Successes of Others ~ Recent Local Wins against Telecom

Recorded Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Our July 2020 meeting was entirely devoted to presentations and Q&A about winning the battle to halt 5G and other wireless infrastructure roll-outs.  Our panel of presenters included:

  • Paska Ann of Easton, Connecticut, who was successful in getting her town to pass a moratorium to stop the 5G roll-out until health and safety studies have been completed.
  • Kelly Marcotulli of Ashland, Oregon, who formed Oregon for Safer Technology and recently defeated a planned AT&T 105-foot mono-pine cell tower in the center of town and in close proximity to a pre-school, an elementary school, a middle school, university dorms, and many residences.
  • Debra Greene, PhD of Keep Your Power, from Maui, Hawaii, who has beat back two towers and has powerful action strategies to share.
  • Paul G of Scientists for Wired Tech, who has successfully supported stopping cell tower installations and upgrades in several San Francisco Bay area communities as well as Hawaii.

Click here to view the edited video of the meeting. We apologize for the interruptions to the live meeting. It won’t happen again.

Ask The Lawyers ~ Video Archive

Below is the video recording from our monthly meeting of May 7th, 2020. This was a global online event organized by 5G Free California.

The first half hour of the meeting is devoted to updates from our working teams and our sister groups, which is interesting because we are supporting several lawsuits in process and preparing for a couple more coming soon.

We had a great event because of your questions! Thank you to everyone who emailed us questions and typed them into the Q&A window. The “Ask the Lawyers” event begins at 30 minutes into the recording.

Again, we extend our gratitude to these excellent attorneys for participating in the panel discussion that made this event such a hit! 

  • Scott McCollough, winning Attorney on The Irregulators lawsuit against the FCC, and co-counsel, with Robert F Kennedy Jr and Dafna Tachover, on Children’s Health Defense vs the FCC
  • Andrew Campanelli, winning Attorney against big Telecom companies, stopping deployment of many cell towers
  • Mark Pollock, Attorney, Telecom plus
  • Ariel Strauss, Attorney, many Telecom cases

5G Free California May 7th, 2020 Monthly Meeting ~ Ask the Lawyers Panel Discussion

We’re hosting the video on BitChute because we can’t yet upload long videos to YouTube, so give it a moment to buffer before pressing play.

Agenda for This Meeting

  • Welcome / Introductions – 2 minutes
  • Local Updates – First Half-Hour
    • Legal, Fundraising, and City Planning Reports – 5 minutes
    • Local Updates: Boyle Heights, Simi Valley – 5 minutes
    • Sister Group Reports: Zen Honeycutt (Moms Across America) and Mandy Jacobs (United Issues Reform) – 3 minutes each
  • Dafna Tachover with an update on Children’s Health Defense vs FCC and the OTARD Rule Ex Parte Letter
  • Global Day of Action: Stop 5G International – 2 minutes
  • Featured Speaker Panel: Ask The Lawyers – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

These are the first two lawsuits we are supporting:

Children’s Health Defense v. FCC—To compel the FCC to adopt biologically-based exposure guidelines, in addition to enforcing its present thermal standard in ways that will be protective of children and other vulnerable populations. Robert F Kennedy Jr is the Director of Children’s Health Defense and lead counsel on this lawsuit. See full press release here.

Satellite Lawsuit v. FCC—To mandate the FCC to follow existing international and federal procedures in developing, in collaboration with other concerned federal agencies, a comprehensive plan and rules governing its program to approve 50,000+ low orbit satellites and 1 million+ earth stations; and to do this in a way that will safeguard national security, comply with international law, protect the heavens from commercial exploitation and despoliation, and ensure the safety of local communities. Julian Gresser leads an international team of veteran attorneys. Read more about the Healthy Heavens Trust Initiative.

Thank you to everyone who bid and bought goods and services in our first ever online silent auction! Please contact the provider to collect your winnings. And thank you to everyone who donated a good or service for the auction.

Did You Know 5G Is Hazardous to Your Health
and the Health of Future Generations?

If you are completely new to the idea that 5G is not as great as it’s sold to be in mainstream media reports and advertisements, start here:

Actions You Can Take to Help Stop the 5G Roll-out

We have several time-sensitive letters and petitions that you can sign and/or send, and more actions on our Take Action page and on the Stop 5G International Suggested Actions page.

Here are the most urgent actions: