Short message and Patricia’s update April 10, 11 EMF TECH and UTILITY NEWS OVERVIEW

Short message and Patricia’s update April 10, 11 EMF TECH and UTILITY NEWS OVERVIEW

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Every two to three days, Patricia sends out an enormously useful compendium of links and brief summaries to articles, updates and resources related to 5g, IoT, smart meters, cellphones, EMF health and the environment. 

 
Below is Patricia’s April 10th and 11th such email. 
 
I am sending this in lieu of my (long overdue) update, as I am greatly behind in formatting an update, and this last update of Patricia’s includes much of what I would have included in my next update anyway (and far more!). 

SO much cookin’ as you will see scanning this update. We’re linking arms with other activist groups around the globe who are fighting this stuff – sharing resources, following, and supporting each other’s efforts.

 
Please also see Environmental Health Trust’s video of communities taking action around the world: 

A Compilation from Peru to the UK to Poland to India on 5G and School/Neighborhood Cell Tower Protests Worldwide. https://youtu.be/aLxeBuz0suM
on Facebook 5G and School/Neighborhood Cell Tower Protests Worldwide. 
https://www.facebook.com/EHTrust/videos/310756026265465/
Got pictures?  Please send them to me. Theodora <Theodora.Scarato@ehtrust.org


Also, please don’t miss the important paper attached at the end of this update.

 
If you would like to receive Patricia’s updates, please send her an email at 
patricia999burke@gmail.com
 
So heartened to witness all the people around the world tirelessly working to make this world a better place.  Although, admittedly I come from a long line of people who see the world with “rose tinted glasses,” nonetheless, I do feel confident we will prevail!! 
 
Kate 

 
Following are two important entries from an earlier update from Patricia followed by Patricia’s most current update:  

1. QUOTE: EVEN THE EPA ADMITS: “Federal health and safety agencies have not yet developed policies concerning possible risk from long-term, repeated short duration nonthermal exposures…information on exposure scenarios with an exposed population that includes children, the elderly, and people with various debilitation physical and medical conditions could be beneficial in delineating appropriate protective exposure guidelines.”  – Norbert Hankin, Center for Science and Risk Assessment, Radiation Protection Division, United States Environmental Protection Agency

2. ACTIVIST INPUT ON STRATEGY FOR OPPOSING RF, 5G, PROMOTING FIBER

CAUTION AND CLARIFICATION

2 articles and comment via Blake Levitt
Fiber Broadband — seen as a complex Trojan horse,

by B. Blake Levitt, Lakeville Journal, 3/31/19

www.tricornernews.com/node/58578

True Dangers of Fiber Broadband, Letter to the Editor, 
by Meg McMorrow, MS and Bradford Harding, MD.
http://www.tricornernews.com/node/58708

Chattanooga is not 100% wired by any means. There is a strong wireless component wherever fiber is installed.  Activists calling for this now are just creating the backbone for 4G LTE and 5G. It’s making things worse, not better. I was calling for fiber, fiber, fiber back in 2013 but that was before small cells appeared with such vehemence and the FCC preemptions. Fiber is just too dangerous to push right now. They will never be dedicated systems again under these circumstances. 

This push for fiber is the cause célèbre of EMF activism now but that train unfortunately left the station about 6 years ago… And when municipal fiber systems goes in, it ends up pitting citizens against their towns’ governance looking to sell services on it to make a profit. Service providers must offer a full range of services, including mobile – especially mobile, in fact, for iPhones etc. — and thus small cells. Calling for fiber now just says “come and get us.”

AND

Via Barb Payne

It’s that we must always remember to complete our sentences, to clarify our insights/goals. It was never enough to say like, “For human health and environmental reasons we want fiber.” It should have always been like, “For human health and environmental reasons we need fiber without any wireless emitters attached to it.” From the beginning, I urged/begged everyone to say it like that, but almost nobody picked up on that. [If you feel inclined to include another aspect, it might be something like, “For human health and environmental reasons we need fiber (1) without any wireless emitters attached to it, and (2) to replace existing or planned wireless emissions in both public and private, indoor and outdoor areas.]

I feel a similar grief about the focus on 5G. Sure, I’m delighted if mentioning the phrase “5G” garners the attention of more eyeballs and ears, but then to proceed to conduct any entire discussion solely regarding 5G is folly. It was never enough to say like, “For human health and environmental reasons we don’t want 5G.” It should have always been like, “For human health and environmental reasons we urgently need substantial reduction in all types of wireless emissions/exposures, therefore adding 5G wireless emissions would be the wrong thing to do.”


PATRICIA’S UPDATE:  April 10, 11 EMF TECH and UTILITY NEWS OVERVIEW

“We won’t be deterred by those whose regulatory views are not guided by facts and reason”  FCC’s Ajit Pai

 

ATTACHED AND SEE FEATURED: Critically Important Paper Comparing DNA Damage from cell phones and Explanation of Mechanisms 

Attached and see details at end of this email kindness Angela

 

EVENT WEEKLY SMART METER 5G OPPOSITION CALL:

EMF Linda’s nationwide call of those fighting smart meters and 5G It is at 9pm on Fridays at 605-475-4855, code 725620#.  At that number you can also find out the name of the website if you prefer to listen online.


EVENT: 5G Day of Action Planned,
 May 15

https://5gcrisis.com/

AND:

U.S. Day of Action Demanding Telecoms Suspend 5G Installation Since No Studies Show 5G Exposure is Safe

https://www.activistpost.com/2019/04/us-day-action-demanding-telecoms-suspend-5g-installation-no-studies-show-5g-exposure-safe.html

 

ANTENNAS AND TOWERS: State Supreme Court Sides With San Francisco

https://insidetowers.com/cell-tower-news-state-supreme-court-sides-with-san-francisco/

AND:
California Supreme Court Sides with Cities in Small Cell Faceoff

Justices unanimously upheld a 2011 San Francisco ordinance requiring telecommunications companies to get permits before placing antennas on city infrastructure. The ordinance said special attention would be paid to permits in scenic and historic areas.

https://www.govtech.com/policy/California-Supreme-Court-Sides-with-Cities-in-Small-Cell-Faceoff.html

AND:

https://takebackyourpower.net/california-supreme-court-affirms-local-authority-on-small-cell-sites/

 

ANTENNAS TOWERS: Parents Upset After Cellphone Tower Goes Up On Football Field

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/04/08/gunnison-high-cellphone-tower/

 

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: “Autonomy” Documentary Provides Evidence That Self-Driving Vehicles Will Make Our Lives Better  INDUSTRY INDUSTRY INDUSTRY

These and other ways that people experience driving are explored in a new documentary,Autonomy. The film chronicles the human side of emerging self-driving technology, tracing what Ford VP Ken Washington calls in the film “the representative symbol of mobility” from classic cars to today’s software influence on transportation.

To get us to that point, one section of the documentary reviews how a car “sees” by comparing it to human vision with a visual-spatial sense of orientation. Tracing self-driving technology from the earliest work of controlling a car with software to today’s cameras, lidar, and radar also illuminates and dispels likely audience confusion of self-driving capabilities.

Yes, the film discusses the forecasted likelihood of large-scale job loss, but it attempts to balance the negative with the positive, such as in what will be fewer transportation deaths and injuries when self-driving becomes a norm of daily life. Urmson states that “we kill 1.25 million people annually” in traffic deaths, a fact that is supported by the Association for Safe International Travel.

Interestingly, the film allows the audience to consider a different kind of tomorrow for us all with self-driving cars. New cultural habits will emerge, and new laws will be promulgated. The design and flow of cities will be different. New careers will open up in insurance, accountability, and within-car entertainment.

Recent studies predict the potential economic impact of the passenger economy once fully autonomous pilot-less vehicles begin to proliferate globally in 2035 and by 2050 to account for nearly 50% of all vehicles sold with a value of $7 trillion.

And there’s also the convenience factor.

CONTACT: https://www.autonomydoc.com/contact

 

BIG TECHInnovation must ‘disentangle’ from tech as cities look to move forward

  • Cities should “disentangle” innovation from simply introducing new technology and instead consider the other forms that innovation can take, including through improving processes in city government.
  • At an event in Washington, DC to mark the release of the Centre for Public Impact’s guidebook, dubbed “The Future of U.S. Cities,” speakers said that being innovative can be as simple as making things more efficient in the permitting process without relying on technology to do so.
  • “I think of technology as the enabling of innovation,” Andrew Buss, deputy chief information officer for innovation management in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology, said during a panel discussion. “It’s really about behavior and process on the innovation side, and then at some point a lot of times you end up using technology to wrap itself around the innovation and enable the innovation.”

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/innovation-disentangle-from-tech/552429/

BIG TECH AND REGULATION: Scoop: Senators target the ways tech tricks you

https://www.axios.com/scoop-senators-target-the-ways-the-web-tricks-you-1554761685-0d393953-967d-4362-954d-08bcf5ad27c3.html

 

BIG TECH CENSORSHIP: Google Keeps ‘News Blacklist’ To Manually Skew Search Results

https://www.technocracy.news/google-keeps-news-blacklist-to-manually-skew-search-results/

CELLPHONES: Chinese warned to beware of mobile phone obsession

https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/46/39/58/1554803625806.html

 

CHILDREN HEALTH: In a wireless world, how can one keep a nervous system rhythmic so energy flows best? – Michael Gilbert, Integrative Body Worker  

9 minute video  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Learn what technology use is doing to our nervous systems and how we can work proactively with the nervous system to keep it modulated and prevent it from getting stuck. Important insights for people who are electrically sensitive, as well as for parents and children. Guidance from Michael Gilbert, leading integrative body worker from New York City.

https://vimeo.com/78750578?fbclid=IwAR2pMG0toN6bfI_lj-mRMot7YJJR1TQaKehlSc69rJi7_ztL8cbhfunzh_g

Very good video re: kids, lovely languaging etc. 

 

CHILDREN HEALTH OT: Study: Number of children going to ER with suicidal thoughts and attempts has doubled

https://www.wisn.com/article/study-number-of-children-going-to-er-with-suicidal-thoughts-and-attempts-has-doubled/27083607

 

CHILDREN: Are Government Sanctioned Cell Towers Causing Cancer in Children?

https://www.dcclothesline.com/2019/04/06/are-government-sanctioned-cell-towers-causing-cancer-in-children/

 

CHILDREN: FORTNITE AND THE DOWNSIDES OF LOOT BOXES

https://www.screenagersmovie.com/tech-talk-tuesdays/fortnite-and-the-downsides-of-loot-boxes

 

CHILDREN AND SCHOOLS: Depression & Cancer @ Schools Exploring Causation

20 minute video by Wired Schools Christine Zipps

Hello, everyone –

I’ve been working on this script for several weeks and refining it while gathering more info and when it grew to 14 pages and got overwhelming, I just decided to knock it out yesterday because it’s too important a message especially in light of more and more events happening at schools around the world…

Not perfect and reflecting my lack of edit skills but hope you will deem it worthy – please feel free to share if you like as well.

LINK – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkFMrpqrPJw&feature=share

DID YOU KNOW?
Children are having heart attacks, being fit with pacemakers and dying from this exposure to this manmade environmental pollutant? 
Did you know that school nurse stations are equipped with defibrillators, they are being encouraged to not share student visits to them with these symptoms with their parents and teachers are on suicide watch with placards in their classrooms?
DID YOU KNOW…
EMFs are connected to depression, suicide, violence, DNA damage, miscarriage, neurological problems, cancer, weakening of the blood/brain barrier, infertility and addiction?
DID YOU KNOW…
According to the American Cancer Society, Cancer is the second most common cause of death among children ages 1 to 14 years in the US, after accidents. In 2019, an estimated 11,060 children in this age group will be diagnosed with cancer and 1,190 will die from it. Leukemia accounts for almost a third (28%) of all childhood cancers, followed by brain and other nervous system tumors (26%).
DID YOU KNOW…
Most people who are ill with a chronic disease will notice that they are more sensitive to EMFs. People with chronic illnesses will likely suffer more from exposure to EMFs because the body is already in a dysfunctional state. The system is in turmoil, and those invisible waves add extra stress.
LINKS for more INFORMATION –

https://fabiusmaximus.com/2018/01/30/falling-sperm-counts/ http://time.com/4871540/infertility-men-sperm-count/
“Stefan Chmelik, an integrated healthcare practitioner and the founder of Harley Street’s New Medicine Group, is quite clear in his predictions. ‘There are scant mainstream medical treatments for male fertility, and, at current rates of sperm decline, the human race will be infertile in 50 years. I’m beginning to see IVF babies of IVF babies.’”
https://fabiusmaximus.com/2018/01/30/...

 

SCHOOLS: ‘Major distraction’: school dumps iPads, returns to paper textbooks

https://www.smh.com.au/education/major-distraction-school-dumps-ipads-returns-to-paper-textbooks-20190329-p5191r.html

 

WIFI: Wi-Fi dangerous to health and should not be installed at seniors facility

What would be safer would be to install a wired computer for general use in the facility.

https://www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com/opinion/wi-fi-dangerous-to-health-and-should-not-be-installed-at-seniors-facility/

 

ECONOMY: The Problem With Putting a Price on the End of the World, Economists have workable policy ideas for addressing climate change. But what if they’re politically impossible?

In his speech, Nordhaus explained that people use too much dirty energy because they don’t have to pay the true costs it imposes on the world: pollution-related health problems in the short term and climate change in the long term. Economists refer to these costs as externalities, because they are not naturally part of the market system. “We have a climate problem,” Nordhaus said, “because markets fail, and fail badly, in the energy sector.” The only solution, he argued, was for governments to raise the price of emissions.

Economists and other policy experts have long focused on this idea of carbon pricing

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/09/magazine/climate-change-politics-economics.html

(not everyone endorses the climate change debate FYI. this is pro-carbon pricing)

 

EMF: 10 Plants That Can Absorb Electromagnetic Radiation

https://emfadvice.com/plants-absorb-eliminate-radiation/

(can’t vouch for this source)

 

EMF: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Reference-List-for-Wireless-Health-Impacts.pdf  5  Pages, 2012 reference

 

ENVIRONMENT: The Insect Apocalypse Is Coming: Here Are 5 Lessons We Must Learn

https://www.ecowatch.com/insect-apocalypse-2634239696.html

 

CONFLICT MINERALS: At Oversight Hearing, Republicans Lavish Praise On Wall Street Oligarchs All hail the barons of the new Gilded Age!

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/oversight-hearing-republicans-praise-wall-street_n_5cae7ebbe4b0308735d4bb50

 

CONFLICT MINERALS: Interesting periodic table (Has been posted before)

It is the international year of the periodic table, and I have been made aware of a periodic table which indicates the relative plenty or scarcity on and in Earth by the size of the space the element is allotted.

Three elements are in desperate need of re-use:

  • Indium(In) in phone displays (in ITO), lasers, electrical components (cold welding) and in blue LED.
    “At current usage rates, indium will be used up in 50 years,” according to EUchemS.
    See the phone symbols on the chart: “The supply of 17 of these elements may give cause for concern in years to come. Did you know that ~10million smart phones are changed in the EU every month.”
  • Phosphorus (P) is in living bodies and used as a fertiliser.
    “Most of the phosphate minerals are depleting fast and as most of the phosphate ends up in run-off from fields or human urine and sewage, it is really important to develop methods for the recovery of phosphate.”
  • Lithium (LI) in rechargeable batteries.
    “If all cars sold today were electric and used lithium batteries, then 800,000 tons of lithium would be required per year. Recycling, which is relatively easy for lithium, needs to be stepped up in order to keep the supply going in the future.”

https://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/engineer-in-wonderland/interesting-periodic-table-2019-04/

 E-WASTE AND CONFLICT MINERALS: Indigenous people risk losing water in lithium extraction for essential transition to low-carbon economy

https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/indigenous-people-risk-losing-water-in-lithium-extraction-for-essential-transition-to-low-carbon-economy

 

E-WASTE: Tech giants’ imports halted over e-waste INDIA
Ten electronic giants, including Apple, Samsung, HP and Canon have been barred from importing equipment for missing their e-waste collection targets. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has suspended the firms’ eligibility to import, called th…

This is the first time the CPCB has issued suspension orders to any company on the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). According to the CPCB website, the companies whose EPR authorisation has been suspended are Motorola Mobility India P…
Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/city/tech-giants-imports-halted-over-e-waste-728074.html

 

FCC: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Urges Broadcasters to Become More Like Digital Media Companies

‘We won’t be deterred by those whose regulatory views are not guided by facts and reason’

https://www.adweek.com/tv-video/fcc-chairman-ajit-pai-urges-broadcasters-to-become-more-like-digital-media-companies/

 

FCC: Little FCC Reforms Can Have Big Benefits for Rural Broadband

In rural America, many grain legs (bucket elevators for moving grain) have small wireless radios attached to them, providing the grain leg’s owner with broadband service. But a loophole in the current Federal Communications Commission rules means that the same service provider seeking to use the same type of radio and infrastructure to provide service to the next farmer a couple of miles down the road could have to go through an onerous permitting process, or be denied access altogether. Thankfully, the FCC is looking to close that loophole, proposing an important update to its over-the-air-reception device (OTARD) rule that will have significant, positive implications for bringing broadband to unserved and underserved parts of America. Among other things, the agency is looking to allow broadband “hubs” — technology the size of a pizza box — to be placed on private property to serve small clusters of homes, modernizing its rule to accord with the advance of today‘s wireless broadband networks. Updating OTARD means both the farmer and his neighbor can get broadband quickly and cost-effectively. And that is the right thing to do.

[Claude Aiken is president and CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA)]

https://www.benton.org/headlines/little-fcc-reforms-can-have-big-benefits-rural-broadband

 

5G: Court rules San Francisco can limit 5G infrastructure over aesthetics

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/court-rules-san-francisco-can-limit-5g-infrastructure-over-aesthetics/552388/

 

5G ACTIVISM: Public Waking up to Fact that 5G has not been Proven Safe for Human Health

http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/public-waking-up-to-fact-that-5g-has-not-been-proven-safe-for-human-health/

 

5G ACTIVISM GERMANY: 5G – Video from diagnosis: radio now online!

in German

Forms networks against the risk 5G  16 minute video

diagnosis: funk has produced a video that explains why the resistance against 5G must be organized.

https://www.diagnose-funk.org/publikationen/artikel/

More information about 5G: https://www.diagnose-funk.org/themen/mobilfunk-versorgung/5g

More information on the study of mobile radio transmitters and smartphones: www.EMFData.org

5G auction: disclosure by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection

The Frequency Auction 5G exemplifies how the state, industry, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection and the Commission on Radiation Protection in the division of labor appease the population about the risks of mobile phone radiation. diagnose: funk analyzes the statements of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection in the media and shows how the study situation is falsified and documents this with documents. We experience a teaching example of how the state works for industry.

>>> Article on the oath of disclosure of the BfS

 

5G ACTIVISM: Vaud, Switzerland Joins Brussels in Adopting 5G Moratorium

https://www.activistpost.com/2019/04/vaud-switzerland-joins-brussels-in-adopting-5g-moratorium.html

 

5G ACTIVISM: 5G radiation safety is solely an assumption of safety, propagated by engineers

https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/5g-radiation-safety-is-solely-an-assumption-of-safety-propagated-by-engineers/

 

5G RT: Electromagnetism expert issues cellphone tower warning

Published on Apr 10, 2019 5 minute news video

Professor of Toxicology and Health Effects of Electromagnetism Dr. Paul Heroux joins Rick Sanchez to discuss growing concerns about cellphone towers and their adverse health effects on children. He says that corporations’ political power has manipulated FCC standards and is why “the irradiation of the population has gotten out of hand.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhSZdbZyh6Y

 

5G PHONES: Samsung shirks early adopters’ Galaxy S10 5G complaints

https://venturebeat.com/2019/04/10/samsung-shirks-early-adopters-galaxy-s10-5g-complaints/

 

5G5G wireless technology is coming to Ventura County — not everyone is happy about it

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/communities/conejo-valley/2019/03/28/5-g-wireless-sites-coming-thousand-oaks-simi-valley-fcc/3234092002/

 

5G: Plan For 5G Cell Phone Towers Raises Health Concerns In Moraga

— An East Bay neighborhood’s fight against 5G is the topic of a town council meeting scheduled for Wednesday night. Moraga residents are expected to turn out and demand the city do more to protect people from cell phone radiation exposure.

It is a fight that’s been going on across the country and has been particularly heated in the East Bay. Ellie Marks has been outspoken against 5G and cell phone companies for 11 years now.

“We may not see the full ramifications of this for 20-30 years. How can we just fly blindly into this? It doesn’t make sense,” Marks said.

Her fight began when her husband developed a brain tumor on the right side of his head back in 2008. She says he was a heavy cell phone user since 1986.

“He used it all the time; held it right to his right ear and the tumor developed right where he held the phone,” Marks said.

Fortunately her husband survived, but she says it was her wake-up call. Ever since then, she’s been touring the country, organizing against the spread of cell phone towers and raising awareness about increased exposure to radio frequency.

The FCC and cell phone companies all maintain RF exposure we receive from cell phones is well within safe levels.

“The FCC is lying to the general public,” Marks countered.

“So far every major study concludes it [5G] is not having a harmful impact,” CNET Editor at Large Ian Sherr said.

Sherr has been following the launch of 5G and the race to beat China to a full 5G launch.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/04/10/plan-5g-cell-phone-towers-health-concern-moraga/

Please post comments if you can.

5G: Verizon disputes town’s regulations on 5G

Council to give final approval for small antenna design standards next week.

https://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/town_county/article_cf701913-2ae9-567b-b4b1-dffade0172f6.html

 

5G: Dr. Martin Pall (WSU) Explains the Science Behind 5g Health Dangers

50 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keglNLQxZ3o

 

5G: Portland Officials Attempt To Block 5G Network Installation Over Health Risks

https://prepforthat.com/portland-blocking-5g-networks-over-health-risks/

 

5G Canton of Geneva prohibits construction of 5G antennae

In Geneva’s Grand Council, it was argued that many mobile operators would explain to consumers that 5G is the same as LTE. However, the environment is increasingly burdened by electromagnetic waves and nobody knows about the health effects. The cantonal parliament also wants to know about the effects on animals.

By the end of the year, Swisscom plans to cover more than 90 percent of Switzerland with a 5G network. Sunrise has been covering 150 cities and locations throughout Switzerland since the beginning of April. With the award of the 5G licences at the beginning of February, the discussion about the health risks of mobile radiation in Switzerland has been resumed.

Telecom paper at https://www.telecompaper.com/news/canton-of-geneva-prohibits-construction-of-5g-antennae–1288622

 

5G: CAUTION If you are not familiar with Project Camelot, this is very alternative and will not be everyone’s cup of tea, this is really out there, but my take on it is that many communities are being reached through different avenues and that Mark Steele has been a galvanizing force in the UK.

Project Camelot Roundtable Discussion on 5G  2 ½ hours 

This video provides a wider take on 5G – from the world around us to some pretty far out places.

The round table discussion features Sacha Stone, Mark Steele, Michael Henry Dunn, Nancy L. Hopkins and moderator Kerry Cassidy of Project Camelot.

The conversation covers a wide spectrum that includes Mark Steele warning us how “seven billion people are the target” of 5G rollout, Sacha Stone saying that the time is here for mankind to be “reclaiming our sovereign status”, and much more.

SHORT ARTICLE https://digitalsurvivor.uk/2019/04/11/project-camelot-roundtable-discussion-on-5g/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAPej45Y_6U

 

5G:  Editor’s Corner: Small cells can actually be quite big

he first thing the panelists discussed was the definition of a “small cell.” You would think an audience of wireless professionals would already know the definition. But apparently they don’t, because the FCC only recently, in September 2018, published a new rule aimed at speeding deployment of small cells and 5G. And within its rule, the FCC defined what it calls “small wireless facilities.”

The FCC’s rule says these small wireless facilities are defined as those that are mounted on structures 50 feet or less in height, including their antennas, with a 10% leeway in certain situations. In addition, each antenna associated with the deployment is no more than three cubic feet in volume; and all other wireless equipment associated with the structure is no more than 28 cubic feet in volume.

Melissa Mullarkey, VP of government relations at Mobilitie, said on the CCA panel that the company is working to “educate communities on what small cells are.” Mobilitie is a provider of wireless real estate solutions. Mullarkey added that with a height at 50 feet and an allowance for 28 cubic feet of volume, “that’s a lot of room for adding a lot of equipment to the pole.”

Personally, I’m grateful to the FCC for providing a precise definition of a small cell because for my first couple of months covering wireless, I’ve had to contend with words like “mini cells,” “micro cells” and “mini-macros,” the latter of which seems like a contradiction in terms. Now, at least we know that a small cell is 50 feet tall or less.

https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/editor-s-corner-small-cells-can-actually-be-quite-big

 

5G POLITICS: Kudlow Affirms Trump Administration’s Free Market Approach To 5G

https://www.forbes.com/sites/roslynlayton/2019/04/10/kudlow-affirms-trump-administrations-free-market-approach-to-5g/#12551379309d

 

5G ECONOMICS VERIZON: 3 Ways Verizon Will Benefit from 5G

Verizon’s fast new network will mean more revenue per user, more opportunities in the IoT, and a chance to cement its leadership position in the U.S. telecom market.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2019/04/10/3-ways-verizon-will-benefit-from-5g.aspx

 

5G: How China’s Huawei took the lead over U.S. companies in 5G technology

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/04/10/us-spat-with-huawei-explained/

 

5G ATT: Speed Test Company Calls BS on AT&T’s Claim ‘5G E’ Is the Fastest Wireless Network

https://gizmodo.com/speed-test-company-calls-bs-on-at-ts-claim-5g-e-is-the-1833961005

 

5G INDUSTRY CAUTION: The Brutal Truth About 5G

Sub 6GHz vs. mmWave

Get to know these two terms. The 5G network will exist and be made available in two different forms: sub-6GHz bands and mmWave (millimeter wave) bands. The difference between the two is a critical one to understand both as a consumer and as someone in a position to educate the consumer on this technology.

There’s a lot that goes into what makes these bands different from one another, but what it boils down to is this: sub-6 is a slightly slower version of 5G that still provides extremely-low latency, relatively large bandwidth and stronger coverage. mmWave bands are where the truly fast 5G speeds will be realized, but because of the nature of these wireless networking bands, they will struggle to provide coverage indoors without the presence of multiple network boosters. As has been reported, mmWave struggles to penetrate through things like tinted windows let alone drywall, brick, or concrete. So, how cities and carriers work together to expand 5G coverage, and which deployment method they ultimately decide to integrate will be something to watch moving forward.

So, to bring this all back together, the 5G deployments that have been announced are real, but they’re operating on a yet-to-be-finalized set of standards. The world needs guinea pigs and early adopters, but the public push that 5G has received around this launch and the launch of compatible devices is a little too strong for my liking. Carriers and manufacturers really need to do a better job of tampering expectations, because the less-aware consumers are going to feel completely duped when their 5G-ready phones are stuck running on 4G speeds or worse.

https://www.dealerscope.com/post/the-brutal-truth-about-5g/

 

OTHER TELECOM: The CTIA met recently with the FCC pushing for more spectrum and more lessening of regulations for siting and equipment licensing 

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-79&sort=date_disseminated,DESC

OTHER TELECOM:  iOS and Android Devices Targeted by Long-Time Well-funded Surveillance Operation.Data Possibly Sold to Law Enforcement and Governments

https://www.activistpost.com/2019/04/ios-and-android-devices-targeted-by-long-time-well-funded-surveillance-operation-with-data-possibly-sold-to-law-enforcement-and-governments.html

 

OTHER TELECOM: 19M rural Americans have little or no internet access. Here’s how they hope to change that

Experts say technological solutions and innovation could bridge the digital chasm that leaves Shirk and at least 19 million other rural Americans with little or no internet connectivity. Solutions exist. But a shortage of investment capital, and a lack of muscular federal policy, delay faster action, they add.

Indeed, state-of-the-art solutions aren’t necessary to push broadband coverage into rural areas. Proven methods include stringing up fiber optic cable over the significant distances between villages and farmhouses. Satellite service is also an option. But both options are costly, and traditional internet providers balk at the lack of return on any such investments.

So some perhaps unexpected players have stepped in to help rural residents who live in isolated swaths of the country where internet service is spotty, slow or non-existent. In some cases, local governments have tried to set up broadband service. In other areas, the farmers’ cooperatives that helped light up the nation eight decades ago as part of a rural electrification drive are getting into the broadband game.

Those rural electric cooperatives are mostly nonprofit, owned by members who agitate for broadband. Once-reluctant managers heed the outcry. Nearly 100 of the 900 or so rural electric co-ops across the United States offer some form of broadband. Another 200 or so co-ops are studying whether to move in the same direction.

“It’s not easy. We’re electric companies. We’re not telecommunications companies,” said Craig Eccher, chief executive of the Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative headquartered in Mansfield in north-central Pennsylvania.

The surprising role of the rural co-ops in providing high-speed internet mirrors an important chapter in U.S. history, and sheds light on the financial challenges of connecting rural America, where residents say the lack of high-speed internet makes them feel left behind.

“I don’t want to say they feel second class, you know, but you do have that feeling in a rural area because you just don’t have the benefit of the services you can get in suburbia,” Eccher said.

Google parent Alphabet Inc. has been testing internet service from high-altitude helium-filled balloons, a project dubbed Loon. The balloons can stay aloft for 200 days, providing broadband coverage over an area 20 to 30 times greater than ground-based systems. Later this year, Loon, together with Telkom Kenya, will offer balloon-powered commercial internet to parts of central Kenya.

For its part, Microsoft says it will bring broadband to three million people in rural areas by 2022. The tech giant offers high-speed internet using spaces between television signals, commonly called white spaces.

Advocates for cellular companies say eventually there will be rural buildout for fifth generation, or 5G, cellular networks that are at least 10 times faster than fourth generation, or 4G, widely in use now. But some experts say rural residents shouldn’t hold their breath.

“5G is not going to happen in rural America, not for a long, long time,” said Christopher Ali, an expert on communication policy at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia.

The Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, and the FCC’s sole Democratic member, Jessica Rosenworcel, clash over U.S. progress in bridging the Digital Divide, the term used to describe the chasm between those who have access to broadband and those who do not.

Pai told Congress in a report in mid-February that broadband “is being deployed on a reasonable and timely basis.” Rosenworcel differed, saying in a tweet, “Millions of households — in rural and urban communities — have no access to high-speed service. That’s a fact.”

Underlying the dispute is how the FCC calculates who has access to high-speed internet. Providers supply the FCC with data, and if it shows that a census block has a single person or institution with broadband, the block is counted as served. Such a definition irks researchers, critics of telecom concentration, and industry titans.

“The FCC broadband map is a mess, a colossal mess,” said Ali, the University of Virginia researcher.

“The existing providers have an incentive to overestimate broadband availability because the FCC is awarding funding, and they don’t want anybody else getting funding and coming into their areas,” said John Windhausen Jr., founder of SHLB, a schools, health and libraries broadband coalition based in Washington.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association estimates that it would cost $40 billion to reach 98 percent of the 6.3 million of its members who don’t have broadband currently, and another $40 billion to reach the final 2 percent.

While such costs are huge, not spending the money also inflicts an economic penalty. Those costs range from lower property prices to lost income-generating potential for residents who want to telecommute or operate businesses with an online presence.

The association estimates that its 6.3 million members without robust broadband suffer lost economic gains of $68 billion, failing to receive such benefits as improved healthcare, online learning opportunities, increased housing values and obtaining savings through competitive online retailers.

Even if broadband steadily reaches more rural areas, demands made on providers will change.

“As time keeps rolling on, the average customer is going to need more and more and more bandwidth,” Eccher said.  more at link https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/economy/article226599354.html

 

HEALTH: In a wireless world, how can one keep a nervous system rhythmic so energy flows best? – Michael Gilbert, Integrative Body Worker  9 minute video

Learn what technology use is doing to our nervous systems and how we can work proactively with the nervous system to keep it modulated and prevent it from getting stuck. Important insights for people who are electrically sensitive, as well as for parents and children. Guidance from Michael Gilbert, leading integrative body worker from New York City.

https://vimeo.com/78750578 (also listed under children)

 

HEALTH: Why Are Autoimmune Diseases on the Rise?

Changing environments, extraordinary stress, and the autoimmunity epidemic

Without hard data on autoimmune disorders in general, researchers track incidences of individual diseases. Type 1 diabetes diagnoses, for instance, rose 23% between 2001 and 2009 in the United States, according to the American Diabetes Association. In the U.K., diagnoses of Crohn’s disease grew more than 300% between 1994 and 2014, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre. Canada saw cases of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease increase 7.2% every year between 1999 and 2010, according to a2017 study.

In a broader view, a 2015 study from Israel looked at 30 individual studies to determine which types of autoimmune diseases were increasing the fastest. They found that global instances of rheumatologic diseases rose an average of 7.1% per year over 30 years, endocrine diseases 6.3%, gastrointestinal diseases 6.2%, and neurological diseases 3.7%.

Still other environmental factors could be at play. Smoking is shown to potentially trigger rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and more (though some studies have been inconclusive). Miller says that even meteorological components, such as ultraviolet radiation, temperature, and humidity, could be triggering autoimmunity.

The rise in out-of-whack immune systems may also be tied to internal stressors, specifically our increasingly stressed-out minds.

https://elemental.medium.com/autoimmunity-is-a-disorder-of-our-time-a7f1c45d6907

(nothing about RF but some useful stats):

 

HEALTH: When strep triggers attack on brain, kids see ‘terrifying’ symptoms

https://wtop.com/health-fitness/2019/04/when-strep-triggers-attack-on-brain-kids-see-terrifying-symptoms/

 

HEALTH CARE: How IBM Watson Overpromised and Underdelivered on AI Health Care

After its triumph on Jeopardy!, IBM’s AI seemed poised to revolutionize medicine. Doctors are still waiting

https://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/diagnostics/how-ibm-watson-overpromised-and-underdelivered-on-ai-health-care

 

HEALTH CARE: The Ultimate in Personalized Medicine: Your Body on a Chip

One day your doctor could prescribe drugs based on how a biochip version of you reacts to them

https://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/diagnostics/the-ultimate-in-personalized-medicine-your-body-on-a-chip

 

HEALTH RESEARCH: Comparing DNA damage induced by mobile telephony and other types of man-made electromagnetic fields

 “The MT EMFs were significantly more bioactive even for much shorter exposure durations than the other EMFs. Moreover, they were more damaging than previously tested cytotoxic agents like certain chemicals, starvationdehydration. Individual parameters of the real MT EMFs like intensity, frequency, exposure duration, polarization, pulsing, modulation, are discussed in terms of their role in bioactivity. The crucial parameter for the intense bioactivity seems to be the extreme variability of the polarized MT signals, mainly due to the large unpredictable intensity changes.”

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1383574218300991?via%3Dihub  

 

HEALTH: Gutsy Moves: The Amygdala as a Critical Node in Microbiota to Brain Signaling.

The amygdala is a key brain area regulating responses to stress and emotional stimuli, so improving our understanding of how it is regulated could offer novel strategies for treating disturbances in emotion regulation. As we review here, a growing body of evidence indicates that the gut microbiota may contribute to a range of amygdala-dependent brain functions from pain sensitivity to social behavior, emotion regulation, and therefore, psychiatric health. In addition, it appears that the microbiota is necessary for normal development of the amygdala at both the structural and functional levels. While further investigations are needed to elucidate the exact mechanisms of microbiota-to-amygdala communication, ultimately, this work raises the intriguing possibility that the gut microbiota may become a viable treatment target in disorders associated with amygdala dysregulation, including visceral pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and beyond. Also see the video abstract here: https://youtu.be/O5gvxVJjX18.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29148060/

 

HEALTH AUTISM MICROBIOME:

Autism symptoms reduced nearly 50% 2 years after fecal transplant

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in every 59 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism, up from 1 in every 150 in 2000. They report that “about half a million people on the autism spectrum will become adults over the next decade, a swelling tide for which the country is unprepared.”

 Two years after treatment in Dr. James B Adams research trials, most of the initial improvements in gut symptoms remained. In addition, parents reported a slow, steady reduction of ASD symptoms during treatment and over the next two years. A professional evaluator found a 45% reduction in core ASD symptoms (language, social interaction and behavior) at two years post-treatment compared with before treatment began. Click on the image below to learn more. Dr. James B Adams will be presenting his findings on Microbiota Transplant Therapy at the AutismOne Conference on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 11:00am. For more info about the conference go to  https://autismoneconference.com/

https://asunow.asu.edu/20190409-discoveries-autism-symptoms-reduced-nearly-50-percent-two-years-after-fecal-transplant

 

INSPIRATION: Here’s what will decide whether technology becomes a force for good, or evil

“If we do not fix our breaking world — and that must be our priority — technology will likely only hasten the demise of the human race. The context cannot be solved by technology alone; governments must take action. But most existing governments are equally incapable of sorting this out. The possibility of salvation, therefore, lies in a few progressive governments joining the tech industry in the effort to slow down, and ultimately reverse, a decomposing international order. This will be possible only if we anchor the exertion not simply in abstract ethics but also in respect for existing international human rights law and fundamental freedoms — and that is the key point. To think otherwise is to rub against the grain of historical experience.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/technology-can-be-put-to-good-use–or-hasten-the-demise-of-the-human-race/2019/04/09/c7af4b2e-56e1-11e9-8ef3-fbd41a2ce4d5_story.html 

AND:

Public is Waking up to the Fact That 5G Has Not Been Proven Safe for Human Health!  Readers must view and read the reference. In part it says: “This kind of intervention (referring to the need for the U.S. Congress to intervene) is crucial, because the FCC is clearly under the control of telecom companies, and the FCC does the bidding of corporate interests. Only Congressional action at this point can turn the FCC around.”
https://healthimpactnews.com/2018/public-waking-up-to-fact-that-5g-has-not-been-proven-safe-for-human-health/

(already posted)

POLITICS: Four years after “winning” the Golden Padlock, Massachusetts State Police remains committed to secrecy

MSP continues to contribute to the Bay State’s reputation as one of the most restrictive when it comes to access

More often than not, Massachusetts has been hailed as one of the worst states in terms of access to information, blocking access to the judiciary, the legislature, and the office of the governor. Even more alarming, lengthy response times and frequently cited exemptions by its police departments all contribute to that reputation for restrictiveness.

In fact, in 2015, the Massachusetts State Police won a unique award for its “contributions” to access. The agency received the distinguished Golden Padlock Award, which is provided every year by the Investigative Reporters and Editors to the most secretive U.S. agency or individual. The state police beat other notably restrictive entities like the Colorado Judicial Branch, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2019/apr/03/msp-golden-padlock/ 

PRIVACY: Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

A global team reviews audio clips in an effort to help the voice-activated assistant respond to commands.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-10/is-anyone-listening-to-you-on-alexa-a-global-team-reviews-audio

 

PRODUCTS: Oregon deputies with ‘guns drawn’ respond to report of intruder to find … a Roomba vacuum

An Oregon sheriff’s department responding en masse with “guns drawn” to a call about an intruder locked in a woman’s bathroom found the suspect was in fact a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/10/oregon-deputies-respond-to-report-of-intruder-to-find-a-roomba-vacuum.html

 

SCIENCE INTEGRITY: 

The Fox Owns the Henhouse—When Public Safety is Governed by Private Profit Published  April 8, 2019 By Children’s Health Defense

https://www.collective-evolution.com/2019/04/08/the-fox-owns-the-henhouse-when-public-safety-is-governed-by-private-profit/

 

SCIENCE INTEGRITY: Watchdog issues rare ‘alert’ that EPA data on toxic substance releases inaccurate

“As a result, the public is not receiving complete and timely information about environmental conditions affecting human health,” – EPA Office of the Inspector General on failure of EPA to track and handle environmental hazard data since 2013”

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/437908-watchdog-warns-in-rare-alert-that-epa-data-on-toxic-substance

 

SCIENCE REGULATORY INTEGRITY: Corruption, Mismanagement at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s Put Consumers at Risk, Whistleblower Says

https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/corruption-mismanagement-usdas-food-safety-and-inspection-services-put-consumers-risk

 

SCIENCE INTEGRITY: MONSANTO: https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/us-judge-wants-monsanto-bayer-start-settlement-talks-roundup-cancer-litigation

 
 

SECURITY: British security agency slams Huawei with ‘scathing’ report: Will it matter?

https://www.aei.org/publication/british-security-agency-slams-huawei-with-scathing-report-will-it-matter/

 

SECURITY: Yahoo agrees to pay $117.5 million in latest settlement of massive data breach

https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-yahoo-data-breach-settlement-credit-monitoring-20190410-story.html

 

SECURITY: Y2K-like bug knocks out the city’s wireless network system

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-y2k-like-gps-bug-knocks-out-city-wireless-network-20190411-ncscsp2vzvhajbn4km74rbzlaq-story.html

 

 

SECURITY: New variants of Mirai botnet detected, targeting more IoT devices

Palo Alto Networks researchers spot versions for 5 more processors in the wild.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/04/new-variants-of-mirai-botnet-detected-targeting-more-iot-devices/

 

SURVEILLANCE: Report: New York facial recognition pilot flops

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/report-new-york-facial-recognition-pilot-flops/552399/

 

SMART CITIES LIGHTING:  Why street lights could be key to building smart cities

https://www.compelo.com/lighting-building-smart-cities/

 

SMART FARMS: Forget smart cities (for a minute), we need to talk about smart farms

There is little research on the potential social impacts of ag-tech specifically, so a group of researchers at the University of Guelph conducted a study to figure out some of the likely impacts of the technological revolution in agriculture.

While changes in agriculture show promise for increasing productivity and profits and reducing pesticides and pollution, the future of farming is not all rosy.

Corporate control of many agricultural inputs —seeds, feed, fertilizers, machinery —is well documented. Agricultural land is also increasing in cost and farms are getting bigger and bigger. It is likely that digital agriculture will exacerbate these trends. We’re especially interested in what farm work will look like as the digital revolution unfolds.

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-smart-cities-minute-farms.html

 

SMART METERS: Independence petitioners rally against smart meters: ‘It was very underhanded’

https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/investigations/independence-petitioners-rally-against-smart-meters-it-was-very-underhanded

 

SMART METERS MONTANAMontana AMI bill moves past policy ‘animosity’, eases state into smart meter technology

  • Montana lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a bill advancing the potential deployment of smart meters, though advocates say it is an incremental step in a state where privacy concerns are likely to spark debate.
  • House Bill 267 establishes privacy provisions regarding advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) data, and directs the Public Service Commission (PSC) to determine whether utilities must develop opt-out programs if customers do not want the new meters.
  • The law, which the governor is expected to sign, would require the PSC to make the opt-out determination by July 1, 2020. Montana currently does not have AMI installed, and advocates say the process to consider an opt-out program should ease the state into consideration of the new technology.

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/montana-ami-bill-moves-past-policy-animosity-eases-state-into-smart-mete/552357/

 

SMART WATER METERS: City Returns $3.7 Million for Smart Water Meter Program

Reimbursement is part of overall settlement of Smart Water Meter Project funding, however, case is still ongoing.

The City of San Diego has agreed to return more than $3.7 million to the city’s sewer fund which it took to pay for a citywide conversion to wireless water meters.

The refund was made in hopes of ending a lawsuit filed by a ratepayer who said the city was charging the 8,500 sewage customers who do not use city water in order to help pay for the $67 million conversion to Advanced Metering Infrastructure, or AMI.

The new meters will allow ratepayers to monitor their current water usage as well as make it easier to check for leaks. At the same time, the city’s water department would benefit in reducing meter reading errors and cut down on employee hours.

But the rollout has hit bumpy terrain. During a nearly two-year investigation NBC 7 Responds found that the city was made aware of a manufacturing glitch with one of the meter vendors but did not inform the public and does not know how many meters could potentially exhibit the so-called glitch. In addition, crews had been told to retrofit the old meters with the smart meter displays. Those retrofits resulted in some meter misreads, and astronomical bills for some ratepayers.

Then, in March 2018, the funding for the AMI project came under scrutiny with the lawsuit from ratepayer Miller Marks.

Attorney Paul Neuharth represents Marks. He says the city ignored recommendations from its oversight board to pay for the new wireless meters using 70 percent from water fund reserves and 30 percent from the sewer fund. Instead the city chose to divvy up the costs 50 percent by 50 percent.

“The city chose to go forward at a 50-50 allotment without having any sort of background to justify that,” Neuharth told NBC 7 Responds.

In March of last year Neuharth filed a lawsuit on behalf of San Diego ratepayer Miller Marks, alleging the city was dipping into the wrong bucket of money. In December 2018 the City Council changed the split to the 70 percent/30 percent ratio for the next five years, as well as sending $3.7 million back into the sewer reserves.

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Citys-Returns-37-Million-for-Smart-Water-Meter-Program-508403581.html

 

SMART METERS DUKENews 13 Investigates: Complaints of Duke Energy bills skyrocketing

She’s lived in the house in Hendersonville for 12 years and has always paid close attention to the electric bill.

“Last year, I spent $1,500 more than I did the previous year and absolutely nothing has changed,” Keating said.

She was shocked when she realized her bill had more than tripled and couldn’t understand why. Then, she noticed the jump started the same month a new smart meter was installed at her home.

“Then it all of a sudden shot up. The day they put the smart meter in it went up three times,” Keating said.

Keatings’ records clearly shows a sudden spike she doesn’t understand and simply can’t afford.

“It has been extremely extremely stressful. It has put a huge toll on our finances and our budget, and, because we are on a fixed income, it’s very hard to make ends meet,” Keating said.

She’s not alone. Glenda Meadows said she recently noticed a big increase in her bill, too.

“It’s frustrating when it takes nearly a whole half a paycheck to pay a light bill,” Meadows said.

We’ve also heard from many others.

Some showed us bills topping $600, other customers can’t figure out why they’re seeing a sudden surge.

Maclawhorn said most of the higher bills match up to extreme weather patterns, explaining that heating or cooling your home totals about 60 percent of your energy usage.

He said the other contributing factor was a big rate increase for Duke Energy.

“We did see a double digit increase in rates in less than a 12-month period,” Maclawhorn said.

The Utilities Commission admits a double-digit hike is unusual.

We also sent some of the bills to Duke Energy, which confirmed the calculations were correct.

Jason Walls said the meters are hardly ever wrong.

“We don’t get many that are not working or bad or failing, but every once in a while that does happen,” Walls said.

The Utilities Commission agreed it was highly unlikely that customers are being overcharged.

https://wlos.com/news/news-13-investigates/news-13-investigates-complaints-of-bigger-duke-energy-bills

 

TRANSPORTATIONPartnership aims to boost J.D. Power’s connected device analytics COSTA MESA, Calif., and CHICAGO – 

A new agreement between research company J.D. Power and an industrial artificial intelligence and IoT software company will allow J.D. Power to “provide insight into the behaviors and failure modes of millions of connected devices,” according to J.D. Power’s president and chief executive officer, Dave Habiger.

J.D. Power and Chicago-based Uptake Technologies will team to develop new automotive industry analytics products, in addition to analytics products for the utilities and telecommunications sector.

https://www.autoremarketing.com/technology/partnership-aims-boost-jd-powers-connected-device-analytics

 

UTILITIES ARIZONA: An Arizona columnist says newly released political spending disclosures show the state’s largest utility “immersed in politics and detached from any ethical concerns about using money ultimately derived from captive ratepayers.”

https://tucson.com/news/local/steller-column-brazen-aps-grew-intoxicated-with-politics-documents-show/article_d7c69bf6-39be-56d8-b711-ab2e3750e941.html

 

UTILITIES ARIZONA: Judge: APS rates aren’t too high, complaint should be dismissed

A judge has recommended dismissing a complaint about whether Arizona Public Service Co.’s rates are too high, but the judge still wants to know if the company is earning more than regulators authorized.

In 2017, regulators passed a rate hike that APS described as averaging 4.5% on residential customers, or about $6 a month. With the hike, customers were forced to switch to new rate plans that had several changes in how customers are billed.

Stacey Champion, a business owner, activist, mother and customer, started a petition and filed a complaint seeking to reopen the rate case because the actual impacts to customers were often much more than APS described.

She was joined by two men, Richard Gayer and Warren Woodward, who similarly challenged APS’ rates.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/energy/2019/04/09/judge-dismiss-challenge-arizona-public-service-company-rates-aps/3417048002/

 

UTILITIES CALIFORNIA: PG&E’s bankruptcy case could cost regulators $28 million

https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/PG-E-s-bankruptcy-case-could-cost-regulators-13752983.php

 

UTILITIES CALIFORNIAReport: PG&E sanctioned for physical and cybersecurity-related violations

  • Pacific Gas & Electric, DTE Energy and City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, have been sanctioned for violating critical infrastructure protection rules designed to protect the country’s electric system from cyber and physical attacks, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing newly release documents.
  • The violations, recorded from 2014 to 2016, coincided with a Russian campaign attempting to infiltrate American utility defenses, the report said citing federal officials.
  • In February, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) fined Duke Energy $10 million, the largest cybersecurity-related penalty for a utility in history. The violations have led to questions about the regulatory system that encourages self-disclosure by utilities.

In February, Duke Energy was fined $10 million by NERC for security violations between 2015 and 2018, it was the largest cybersecurity-related penalty in history. Shortly after, Duke Energy filed a request for approval with FERC in which it seeks to recover $137.4 million in capital investments from ratepayers for its cybersecurity program.

Despite having incurred over $1.2 million in fines for two separate security violations in 2014 and 2016, PG&E said its cybersecurity measures are “robust and consistent with the best practices being employed in the industry.”

The California investor-owned utility did not want to respond to Tuesday’s report as “any comment on non-public NERC CIP violations may jeopardize national security by exposing potential grid vulnerabilities,” according to King.

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/report-pge-sanctioned-for-physical-and-cybersecurity-related-violations/552434/

 

UTILITIES CA: PG&E electricity rates could double after more wildfires, report says

Millions of California utility customers could see their rates double if the state continues to experience devastating wildfires, according to a report sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom. (San Francisco Chronicle)

https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/California-electricity-rates-could-surge-50-13757757.php

 

UTILITIES EVs: Can EVs shock utilities back to life?

After years of consumers gradually shifting away from the grid and toward alternative solutions, the electric vehicle era presents an interesting opportunity, one that can shock utilities back to life. However, to capitalize on this opportunity and prepare for a world where electric vehicles represent a growing share of electricity demand, utilities must transform their operations. According toInternational Energy Agency projections, the number of electric vehicles on the road worldwide is slated to reach 125 million by 2030, compared to 3.1 million in 2017. During that time span, electric vehicles will have gone from accounting for 0.3 percent of global electricity demand to 6.3 percent of demand.

https://www.elp.com/articles/2019/04/can-evs-shock-utilities-back-to-life.html

 

UTILITES FLORIDA: Florida could soon bury more power lines. Customers might pick up the cost.

Supporters say the proposals would keep more homes and businesses out of the dark when future hurricanes inevitably wreak havoc on the state. The legislation may result in higher bills for customers, whether power lines go underground in their neighborhoods or not.

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/2019/04/11/florida-could-soon-bury-more-power-lines-customers-might-pick-up-the-cost/

 

UTILITIES HAWAII: Hawaii utilities seek more renewables, storage and now grid services too

Hawaiian Electric Companies has laid out plans to source the equivalent of 135 MW of solar and 1,378 MWh of energy storage – as well as load shifting and frequency response from distributed energy resources through aggregators.

Shopping for grid services

In addition to energy generation and storage, Hawaiian Electric is also seeking aggregators who can sign up customers to provide grid services from water heaters, rooftop solar, batteries and electric vehicle charging.

This includes not only load shifting, but also frequency response – which could be the utilities getting ready for a future where there are few or no large spinning masses on its system.(Editor’s note: See pv magazine’s in-depth article on inertia and frequency regulation for more on this subject).

Under the arrangements it has laid out for review Hawaiian Electric is proposing to provide participating customers with a bill credit, while providing payments to the aggregators.

In both the contracts for renewable energy, storage and grid services, Hawaiian Electric says it plans to evaluate proposals based on both price and “non-price benefits and impacts” to the utility, customers and communities.

In practice, pricing documents for services show a grid service monthly management fee, an enablement price and a monthly incentive adder.

https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2019/04/09/hawaii-utilities-seek-more-renewables-storage-and-now-grid-services-too/

 

UTILITIES IOWA: A Utility’s Push for Solar Fees Could Shut Down the Entrepreneurs Who Built Iowa’s Solar Economy

State lawmakers are considering adding a new fee for rooftop solar owners, urged on by MidAmerican Energy, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10042019/iowa-solar-fee-warren-buffett-midamerican-energy-who-gets-hurt-small-businesses

 

UTILITIES CT: We can’t wait for Washington. It’s time for a Connecticut green economy.  It’s time to think big.

Lori Brown is the executive director of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.

https://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-brown-green-economy-20190411-2zuqghy5vngcjebssobq3x6nya-story.html

 

UTILITIES GRID MODERNIZATION NEW YORK:

New York state seeks proposals to support grid modernization

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced up to $30 million is available to support projects to improve the resiliency, flexibility and integration of renewable energy resources onto New York’s electric grid. Project proposals will be evaluated based on how they improve overall grid performance, reduce energy costs and support the state’s nation-leading clean energy goals to combat climate change. Modernizing the grid supports the Governor’s proposed mandate for 70% renewable electricity by 2030 and goal to transition the state to a carbon-free power grid by 2040 as part of the Green New Deal.

https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2019/04/new-york-seeks-proposals-grid-modernization/

 

UTILITIES NEVADAhttps://www.reviewjournal.com/business/energy/data-center-switch-files-lawsuit-against-nevada-puc-1637182/

 

UTILITIES NORTH CAROLINA: N Carolina aims to get public talking about clean energy

North Carolina’s energy agency wants to hear from the public as it tries to plot plans to expand the use of clean-energy technologies, energy efficiency and clean transportation methods.

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article229113254.html

Description: hoto of J.D. Morris

UTILITIES SECURITY: This Threat To America’s Energy Grid Is Driving Security Experts Nuts

President Donald Trump released an executive order intended to protect the U.S. from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks against the electric grid. But there is another threat to the grid, one that is far more low-tech and far more common, than a smuggled EMP device:

Squirrels.

“I’m all for increasing grid resilience, but here’s a threat priority list: 1. Squirrels 2. Tree branches 3. Heat waves/hurricanes/other climate-amplified threats,” joked Costa Samaras, an Adjunct Senior Researcher at the RAND Corporation in a tweet.

He may have been joking, but his math is dead on.

https://www.insidesources.com/trumps-executive-order-targets-emps-but-squirrels-biggest-threat-to-the-grid/

 

UTILITIES SOLAR DUKE: Guest columnist: Solar deals making Duke bills higher

https://www.salisburypost.com/2019/04/11/guest-columnist-solar-deals-making-duke-bills-higher/

 

UTILITIES STORAGE: Midwest co-ops test value of placing batteries in customers’ homes

The rural electric cooperatives are testing how the storage technology can help customers and their systems.

Four Midwestern rural electric cooperatives are installing smart batteries in the homes of a few customers to test whether they can economically reduce peak demand or provide other benefits to customers or their systems.

https://energynews.us/2019/04/11/midwest/midwest-co-ops-test-value-of-placing-batteries-in-customers-homes/

 

HEALTH MECHANISMS OF DNA DAMAGE via Angela

A very significant paper was published in March 2019 explaining the mechanisms involved in DNA damage from cell phone radiation, and that the extreme variability in the intensity and waveform of wireless communication signals are responsible for the biological effects [because voltage-gated ion channels in all cell membranes switch between open and close state whenever a change exceeding ∼30% in the

membrane voltage takes place, and all physiological cellular effects are initiated by changes in ionic concentrations mediated by ion channel gating].

 

Attached is a clean copy and a copy which I’ve highlighted.  Please read and circulate this important paper, and share with physicians and health care providers.

 

It compares the DNA damage from 6 different types of EMF sources on the eggs of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, and found that the EMF from cell phones are more damaging (i.e. caused more DNA fragmentation) than other types of EMF, including magnetic fields from power lines, and that they were significantly more bioactive than the other EMFs even at much shorter exposure durations.

Furthermore, the damage from cell phone radiation was found to be even more damaging than that caused by cytotoxic chemical agents.

While cytotoxic chemical agents caused damage only at certain stages of the egg’s development, cell phone radiation was found to cause damage at ALL stages of egg development and heritable DNA mutations which could be passed on to the next generation.

 

Results were statistically significant:

There was 35.77% more DNA damage from GSM 1800 cell phone exposure at 36 minutes compared to non-exposed eggs (p<0.0005),

and 50.16% more DNA damage from GSM 900 cell phone exposure at 36 minutes compared to non-exposed eggs (p<0.0002).

In contrast, DNA damage from magnetic fields comparable to power lines for 120 hours was only up to 7.5% (p<0.001)

Even though all the sources of EMF in the studies were non-ionizing and thus cannot cause DNA damage directly, the DNA damage was caused by release within the cells of oxidative free radicals or hydrolytic enzymes like DNAses.

The study found that the most important physical parameters of EMFs causing bioactivity, are: 1) polarization (in combination with coherence), 2) ELF components (pulsing, modulation, etc.), 3) field/radiation intensity, 4) exposure duration, 5) field variability. The crucial parameter for the intense bioactivity seems to be  the extreme variability of the polarized MT signals, mainly due to the large unpredictable intensity changes.  This applies to all forms of microwave wireless communication, including 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations of cell phones, DECT cordless phones, and Wi-Fi.

 The results of these studies are applicable to mammals, including humans, because “all cells in both insects (including Drosophila) and mammals (including humans) have

the same type of cell membranes, are full with billions of identical free ions like calcium (Ca+2), potassium (K+), sodium (Na+) etc, initiating and accompanying all cellular events, and have the same intracellular

organelles like mitochondria, ribosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, nucleus containing the cell’s genomic DNA with the same basic structure… These similarities at the cellular level between all animals are more fundamental than differences in volume, mass, shape, macroscopic functions, intelligence, etc, since all health effects are initiated at the cellular level.  Thus, it is reasonable to assume that a cellular effect caused by EMFs on Drosophila (e.g. DNA damage) can be expected to occur also in the human organism.”

The importance of exposure variability implies the need to define safety standards for EMF-exposures not only by the frequency components and average intensity values (which is currently done in the US and other countries), but by the maximum and minimum intensity, frequency variations, pulsing or continuous wave, modulation, and polarization as well.

review: comparing DNA damage induced by mobile telephony and other types of man-made electromagnetic fields.  10pp pdf scientific study. Added 12 Apr 2019


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