PROTEST FCC Chair in Bay Area This Thursday 4/14

FCC Chair Genachowski stated at the recent Intl. Electronics Show in Las Vegas that he is "fighting for our mobile future." Turns out what he is fighting against are people, health, democracy and nature.

Julius Genachowski- the chair of the Federal Communications Commission- is scheduled to speak in Mountain View, CA this coming Thursday April 14th.   In case you are not aware, Mr. Genachowski- appointed by Obama- was a key architect of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that prohibited local governments from rejecting cell phone towers based on health concerns. Why would the feds need to pass a law to specifically prohibit cities and counties from banning cell towers based on health reasons if the towers were safe?  Note that this law was passed the same year that Henry Lai came out with his damning findings that low levels of EMF damage DNA.

The FCC is an agency out of control.  It has not only authorized an unprecedented rollout of untested G4 wireless technology, it is preparing to dismantle land line telephone service (!!!!) in the name of progress so we will all be forced to use cell phones exclusively or be disconnected from our friends and family.  The FCC’s weak limits on human exposure to microwave radiation- one of the most lenient in the world and based solely on thermal impacts- allowed the current smart meter debacle to unfold with all of its devastating health impacts.  Non-thermal biological impacts of EMF have now been documented in the Journal of the American Medical Association yet our federal agency in charge of health is still pretending they don’t exist.

Each one of these actions is enough to protest.  Together, they add up to an assault on our rights and our health. Enough is enough.

There will be a PROTEST outside the Computer History Museum this Thursday April 14th beginning at 5:30pm 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.  The event begins at 7pm and you can buy tickets here.  See all you smartwarriors in Mountain View next week!  Please rsvp to nbeety@netzero.net if you are planning on attending.

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9 Responses to PROTEST FCC Chair in Bay Area This Thursday 4/14

  1. Redi Kw from Marin says:

    This is very disturbing news about the FCC preparing to dismantle land line telephone service.
    I heard Obama speak today about how he wants to see that 98% of all Americans have broadband service if they want it, but not a word about wanting to dismantle the existing telephone plant.
    There are many reasons that I think that this is a very bad idea.
    The first one is that my mother who is now retired, got rid of her computer and broadband service a few years ago. She got tired of using the computer, paying a high broadband bill each month, computer viruses and crashes and expensive software upgrades. So she got rid of it all. But she must have a land line to keep in touch with family, friends, order prescriptions and call her doctor.
    Myself, I have broadband for the internet and cable TV, but not for telephone service.
    I have a land line phone that has had the same number for 40 years , and there is no way that I will ever give it up.
    I do have a radio (cell) phone that works at and in my house that I use for business and personal because it has free long distance. Not all cell phone carriers work inside my house, only Nextel’s iDEN network. It is the last of the old 900 Mhz higher powered networks. It transmits at 6/10ths. of a watt and has an antenna and quality speaker phone. All the other cell phone carriers use CDMA, PCS, 3G and 4G networks that only transmit at 2/ 10ths of a watt, have no external antenna and the speakerphone is garbage, plus they don’t work at my house.
    There are many houses in Marin where there is no cell phone coverage, and some with no broadband cable either, like Muir Beach.
    People who want internet that live in rural areas around the state where there is no broadband cable must use either a satellite system like DirectWay or Hughes , a telephone line dial up modem or for faster speeds, a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) if available.
    When the electricity goes out, so does my Comcast Broadband service because I am at the end of the line, with amplifiers boosting the signal. So even if I use a standby generator for power, I still have no internet or cable TV. But the land line telephone has never once gone out at this address where I have lived for 31 years.
    When the power goes out here , I am on the horn to PG&E immediately to report the outage, with PG&E, it’s the people who reported first that are put on the top of the list.
    I still have an analog electric meter and plan on keeping it, so I have to have a way to report power outages quickly.
    Also much more importantly, there are the economic factors for many people, seniors who live on a fixed income, new age low wage earners and the disabled who can’t afford computers, modems and broadband fees.
    Is the government going to tax us even more to subsidize broadband service , computers, build more nuke plants and pay us for the energy to power all these new devices ?
    Then , there are the lost jobs in the telephone industry and the demolishing of the old telephone cable plant and switches.
    I sure hope that this plan to eliminate land line telephones fails.

  2. Redi Kw from Marin says:

    Land line telephones in this country are extremely important, in fact they were invented here. The system has created many technological breakthroughs and is well run, everything is in top shape right now. It would be a shame to throw it all away because that would be a huge waste of resources, just like throwing away all the analog electric meters is.
    In other less developed countries, there was never such an extensive telephone network, sometime none at all, so now they are selling millions of people cell phones who never had telephones before. And all cell phones are made in foreign countries.
    In the old days here, the telephones were made by Western Electric here in the United States, and the instruments were very well made and could last 100 years, and can operate on any new system.
    Now with these cheaply made, expensive to buy foreign cell phones, it is expected that the devices will need to be replaced every few years. It’s planned obsolescence.
    I am not anti technology, and have been doing voice and data work for years. I think cell phones are great for some people, but I have always treated them with caution and minimize use.
    The recent news about AT&T buying T-Mobile will create only 2 carriers controlling 80 percent of the cell phone market in this country. More of a monopoly and less competition.
    I think that the FCC is getting too strong, they are completely controlled by the corporations, like the rest of the government is.
    We are going to continue to see our privacy rights eroded and utility rates rise to pay for all this corporate/government control if some of us don’t stand up and protest against what is being shoved down our throats.

  3. SmarterMeters says:

    It’s hard to take the FCC seriously when their emblem is hung crookedly.

    “FCC Chairman Genachowski address Broadband Census National Town Hall”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-mbtBrSwMg&

  4. MjP says:

    Please hang this on your old meter!

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  5. Abner Malady says:

    THis is pure BS. If the an emergency happens, the landlines have proven to be failsafe!
    How about protesting on Health and Safety Concerns!

  6. bluplanet says:

    When I first was injured by the radiation from a smart meter, I called the FCC. After I explained to the man on the phone what had happened to me. He said ” We don’t deal with humans, only frequncies” and he hung up on me. What idiots these people are.

  7. Friend says:

    If you would like to keep landlines as a telecommunications option, you should comment to F.C.C. by April 18, the deadline for commenting on the proposed changes constituting the first step toward elimination of landlines.

    Landlines are an extremely important network for emergency communication, so eliminating landlines would severely undermine communications after earthquakes, during extended power outages, and so forth. It is essential we maintain our landlines.

    You can comment online by going to
    http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FCC-2011-0078-0001

    This gets you to a form with spaces to fill in your name and contact info, as well as comments of up to 2,000 characters (including spaces). You can also attach additional documents with your comments.

  8. Redi Kw from Marin says:

    Another very important thing about landlines is when a person calls 911, the number and physical address is displayed on the dispatchers screen, and with radio (cell) phones that is not the case. If you call 911 on a cell phone, you may not get a local 911 dispatcher, but instead a call center operated by the CHP in the east bay.
    If you call from a landline in Marin County, you will get Com Center in Marin, where most of the dispatchers know quite a bit about the county and can save valuable minutes in dispatching the proper first responders.
    If you have a VOIP (voice over internet protocall) phone that runs only when your computer is on (like Vonage or MagicJack), then you can register your address to be shown to 911 dispatchers. But if you don’t update it when you go somewhere else, then it will not show the address where you are. Most importantly, if you have a Comcast digital phone or VOIP phone, if the power goes out, you will have no phone during disasters or outages.
    The landline phones have back up batteries at the exchanges (switches) and are very reliable during power or cable outages. Just more reasons that we need to keep the landlines here in the USA. They are especially important in rural areas, since we all pay the universal surcharge to subsidize rural landline telephone service.
    Only the most remote areas do not have landlines. As far as I know, the old RMTS (Rural Mobile Telephone Service) is gone now, but I might be wrong about that.
    RMTS radio phones used to operate at around 155 MHz and with full duplex circuitry transmitting at around 30 watts of RF.
    Originally, there were only 2 cell phone carriers in the USA, Cellular One (now AT&T) and GTE Mobilenet (now Verizon).
    The original cell phones used to operate in the 800 MHZ band using TDMA multiplexing and transmit at 3 watts. Then they started building more repeaters and lowered the output to 600 miliwatts (6/10ths) of a watt.
    Now, in the last 7 years, the market for cell phones has been promoted and the number of customers has increased exponentially. The early TDMA cell phones used more power and required much more bandwidth, the corporations needed more space on the radio spectrum to be able to handle millions more users.
    So they switched over to lower powered (200 Mw) higher frequency 1200 to 1800 MHz CDMA networks that use much less bandwidth.
    It is the higher microwave frequencies that are of concern because they are more dangerous, and due to the low power (think about dropped calls), there is a need to pepper the country with cell repeaters everywhere. That is the problem, we are now much more saturated than ever before, and the FCC is promoting even more.
    Something else to consider, originally PG&E was going to use their own proprietary radio network for their new radio electric meters, but now has decided to use the existing cell phone networks to transmit data to the central office. That is far less expensive and is one of the main reasons that the FCC is so adamant about expanding the cell phone networks in this country.

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