Latest from USA Kate Kheel FCC Exposure Standards Suit | PA 5g bill vote canceled | Cities file briefs against FCC

Latest from USA Kate Kheel FCC Exposure Standards Suit | PA 5g bill vote canceled | Cities file briefs against FCC

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Editor’s note – from time to time I receive big blocks of news from all parts of the world. There is a certain aesthetic satisfaction in putting the whole lot in but I reserve the option to move certain articles which better belong in other sections of this magazine.   My site has a huge amount of data and although the costs are currently reasonable I have to be careful.
1. MESSAGE FROM BLAKE LEVITT ON AMICUS BRIEF FILED IN MOCO VS. THE FCC. 
   Attached is an invited amicus brief plus exhibits filed by The Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council in Montgomery County, Maryland v. FCC. It is focused on flaws in the FCC exposure standards to humans and wildlife pertinent to small cells and 5G. The Montgomery County brief is also attached.

Best,
B. Blake Levitt
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3. PA CANCELS VOTE ON 5G BILL  
 
PA. Republicans pull the bill to greenlight 5G antennas as towns say it would undercut their zoning powers
by Bob Fernandez, Updated: June 18, 2019

“Pennsylvania lawmakers canceled a vote Tuesday on proposed legislation that would make it easier and cheaper for wireless carriers to blanket cities, towns, and rural areas with thousands of small cell antennas on utility poles for 4G and next-generation 5G wireless services.
It was the third defeat for the Verizon- and AT&T-backed legislation.
Municipal officials and unions said they weren’t consulted on the bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank Farry (R., Langhorne).”
https://zero5g.com/2019/5g-bill-derailed-in-pennsylvania/https://www.inquirer.com/business/5g-verizon-att-pennsylvania-fcc-antenna-20190618.html

 
4. CITIES FILED BRIEFS IN LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FCC 
5G: Cities Outline Their Challenges to the FCC’s 5G Rule in Court Filings
Local governments filed briefs this week in a lawsuit that asserts the FCC overstepped its authority in crafting broad restrictions on municipalities’ ability to regulate and charge for deployment of 5G technology.
https://www.routefifty.com/management/2019/06/cities-outline-challenges-fcc-5g-rule/157728/
 
 
5. A FEW  ARTICLES 
 
EVENT: BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
– International Public Symposium, 4th – 6th October 2019, Mainz.
Cell Phones, Smartphones, Tablets, Smart Home, Smart City, Internet of Things… The digital transformation of our society is expected to continue with the new 5G standard, largely through mobile and wireless communication. As a result, radiation exposure due to mobile and wireless communication technologies, their infrastructure and applications will increase enormously.
What health risks are involved? What are the possible consequences for particular groups at risk, especially children and adolescents?
The Board’s team of the Competence Initiative for the Protection of Humanity, the Environment and Democracy e.V. is very pleased to invite you in the name of all members, supporters and partners to Mainz. No matter who you are – an expert on 5G or other wireless communication issues, or a person interested in the implications of wireless technologies on health and the environment – we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our conference in Mainz.
The conference will provide easy-to-understand overviews of the “biological effects” of mobile and wireless communication technologies as well as in-depth discussions that will be as accessible to nonexperts as possible. Internationally renowned speakers will share firsthand information and recommendations in lectures, workshops, documentary films and panel discussions, inviting everybody to join the discussion.
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Mario Babilon • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Buchner • Dr. phil. Peter Ludwig (geschäftsführend) • Prof. Dr. phil. Karl Richter • Barbara Dohmen, Umweltärztin • Dipl.-Ing. Joachim Gertenbach • Dr. med. Monika Krout • Dr. med. Joachim Mutter • Klaus Scheidsteger • Dr. rer. nat. Ulrich Warnke
 
Wise communities are questioning what it means to be “smart,” and recognizing that 5G is getting us nowhere, fast.”
Why 5G Is Like The Worst Relationship Your Ever Had, (And So Are Smart Meters)  June 19th, 2019 | Patricia Burke | Natural Blaze  
 
I don’t want to give away the punch line, but just in case you get frustrated by the refrain inserted every 3-4 sentences throughout this article – “there’s no water leak” –  I will share that it’s the author’s way of depicting a smart water meter insinuating itself into our lives every 5-7 seconds as it transmits data to the utility saying, “There is no water leak.” 
 
“There is a saying that every woman should be lucky enough have one man in her life that she still reminisces about, and one man that she is grateful she did not end up with….or something like that.
(there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak)
In addition to security, privacy, cost, aesthetics, and other myriad concerns about the rollout of 5G and other wireless infrastructure, let’s just get right down to it:
(there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak)
For many, the 5G network, and smart meters, are like the worst, most instinct injured, least insightful, and least satisfying partnership choice that any man or woman on the planet has ever experienced. “
 
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety  June 17, 2019
Albany (NY), Asheville (NC), Ashland (OR), Boston (MA), Cincinnati (OH), Des Moines (IA), Eugene (OR), Fort Myers (FL), Hagerstown (MD), Houston (TX), Medford (OR), Milwaukee (WI), Minneapolis (MN), New Haven (CT), New York (NY), Orlando (FL),  Philadelphia (PA), Portland (OR), Raleigh (NC), Rochester (NY), Sacramento (CA), San Diego (CA), San Francisco (CA), and Tucson (AZ)
What do these two dozen cities have in common?  In each of these 24 cities local TV stations aired news stories that discussed health concerns regarding 5G cellular technology.
See links to more than 200 TV news stories from the past five years that discussed health risks from exposure to non-ionizing radiation from cell phone, cell tower, and other wireless technology including 60 news stories from the past year at http://bit.ly/TVwirelessrisks.
 
Elk Grove Residents Warned About Possible Health Hazards of 5G  June 18th, 2019 | Tillie Fong
Article comes highly recommended.
 
5G: 
 
   EVENT CALENDAR 5G Crisis is publishing a Take Action Tuesday alert every Tuesday. To sign up: report@5gcrisis.com

Today’s Action: https://mailchi.mp/fbec092bab4e/5g-take-action-tuesday-the-otard-rule-2935969?e=2842871094

Please sign up.

 EVENT: Presentations by Dr. Pall. Canada

July 5 — Bowen Island where there will be a potluck at 5:30 followed by a presentation at 7:00pm.  At Bowen Island Cove Commons at the Bowen Island Library, 430 Bowen Island Truck Rd.  Contact for more information or to volunteer:   Jayeson at info@hempcrete.ca

 EVENT: BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
– International Public Symposium, 4th – 6th October 2019, Mainz.

Cell Phones, Smartphones, Tablets, Smart Home, Smart City, Internet of Things… The digital transformation of our society is expected to continue with the new 5G standard, largely through mobile and wireless communication. As a result, radiation exposure due to mobile and wireless communication technologies, their infrastructure and applications will increase enormously.

What health risks are involved? What are the possible consequences for particular groups at risk, especially children and adolescents?

The Board’s team of the Competence Initiative for the Protection of Humanity, the Environment and Democracy e.V. is very pleased to invite you in the name of all members, supporters and partners to Mainz. No matter who you are – an expert on 5G or other wireless communication issues, or a person interested in the implications of wireless technologies on health and the environment – we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our conference in Mainz.

The conference will provide easy-to-understand overviews of the “biological effects” of mobile and wireless communication technologies as well as in-depth discussions that will be as accessible to nonexperts as possible. Internationally renowned speakers will share firsthand information and recommendations in lectures, workshops, documentary films and panel discussions, inviting everybody to join the discussion.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Mario Babilon • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Buchner • Dr. phil. Peter Ludwig (geschäftsführend) • Prof. Dr. phil. Karl Richter • Barbara Dohmen, Umweltärztin • Dipl.-Ing. Joachim Gertenbach • Dr. med. Monika Krout • Dr. med. Joachim Mutter • Klaus Scheidsteger • Dr. rer. nat. Ulrich Warnke

https://kompetenzinitiative.com/en/

FEATURED: 

Elk Grove Residents Warned About Possible Health Hazards of 5G

(with Eric Windheim, Mark Graham, Cindy Russell)

http://elkgrovetribune.com/elk-grove-residents-warned-possible-health-hazards-5g/

very very good must read!

FEATURED: PLEASE SHARE WIDELY:  My article: 

Why 5G Is Like The Worst Relationship Your Ever Had, (And So Are Smart Meters)  (more at link) 

There is a saying that every woman should be lucky enough have one man in her life that she still reminisces about, and one man that she is grateful she did not end up with….or something like that.

(there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak)

In addition to security, privacy, cost, aesthetics, and other myriad concerns about the rollout of 5G and other wireless infrastructure, let’s just get right down to it:

(there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak)

For many, the 5G network, and smart meters, are like the worst, most instinct injured, least insightful, and least satisfying partnership choice that any man or woman on the planet has ever experienced. 

(there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak)

In the quest for a business case for new, expensive, ubiquitous, superfast, resource-consuming 5G networks, the industry is talking about the remote surgeries, virtual reality, data-driven decision making, and autonomous vehicles that we all want.

(there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak)

In reality, we are already way over the creepy line of the watchers and the watched.

(there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak)

Developing a healthy understanding of what is within one’s control and what one needs to control is an area of spiritual discernment buried under the clamor of the current tech culture.

(there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak)

As society careens toward the belief that each individual appliance has to be controlled at a distance, even from a moving car or airplane, is human demand for control, camouflaged as convenience, writing checks that nature cannot cash?

The answer is yes.

(there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak)

The fatal error that is underlying the design of smart meters and 5G is the assumption that customers want a more intimate and immediate real-time relationship 24/7 with their utility or their bank, want to play games, or compete against other utility customers, or have their banking experience re-made so it looks like a coffee shop.  There is an assumption that customers want to pay for all of this, one way or another.

(there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak)

At least some portion of customers do not want any of this, and want healthy boundaries between intimate relationships with real people and real organizations that they have an affinity with vs. intimate relationships that they do not want, for example with their utility company.

(there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak….there’s no water leak)

https://www.naturalblaze.com/2019/06/why-5g-is-like-the-worst-relationship-your-ever-had-and-so-are-smart-meters.html

https://www.naturalblaze.com/2019/06/why-5g-is-like-the-worst-relationship-your-ever-had-and-so-are-smart-meters.html

 ANTENNAS: ugly celltower pictures

https://www.pinterest.com/steelintheair/ugly-cell-towers/

and: 
APart 2 | Example photos of the good, the bad and the downright ugly

https://medium.com/@omarmasry/part-2-example-photos-of-the-good-the-bad-and-the-downright-ugly-ea483f83fe7

 

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: Florida will no longer require human drivers in AVs

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/florida-will-no-longer-require-human-drivers-in-avs/556955/

 

BIG TECH Censorship: I Know How We Can Hurt Them

Tech is the endgame! 12-minute video

(message you need to get rid of your smartphone)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3r430bQQss

links to: Charles Koch Teams Up With George Soros, Patreon and Airbnb to Fight Online Extremism

https://observer.com/2019/06/koch-brothers-george-soros-patreon-airbnb-fight-online-extremism/

smartphone penetration by country:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_smartphone_penetration

 

SCHOOLS: Uni students told to switch off laptops, smartphones during lectures

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/106245896/uni-students-told-to-switch-off-laptops-smartphones-during-lectures

EWASTE: There’s a looming waste crisis from Australia’s solar energy boom

https://theconversation.com/theres-a-looming-waste-crisis-from-australias-solar-energy-boom-117421

 

FCC: FCC Blows Off Warnings AGAIN from Meteorologists, NASA, NOAA and Navy About 5G Interfering with Weather Forecasting
https://www.activistpost.com/2019/06/fcc-blows-off-warnings-again-from-meteorologists-nasa-noaa-and-navy-about-5g-interfering-with-weather-forecasting.html

FCC: US Justice Dept. set to decide on T-Mobile-Sprint merger next week

https://www.financial-world.org/news/news/business/2252/us-justice-dept-set-to-decide-on-tmobilesprint-merger-next-week/

5G ACTIVISM CAUTION OPPOSITION 

 4G SAN FRANCISCO with eliza nemser 

hearing before the SF Board of Appeals to protest the approval of a permit for a wireless facility at 2 Grattan St in SF was last Wednesday 6/12. The archived video is aat:  http://sanfrancisco.granicus.com/player/clip/33400?meta_id=723734

In case you have time to listen to a few portions of the hearing, the remarks that will be of interest to you (comments relevant to the big picture issues including public health risks, lack of sufficient environmental review, the 2018 FCC order) are brief and listed below:

14:14 – 16:10 — Appellant Eliza Nemser addresses public health risks of 4G

35:00 – 35:42 — Verizon attorney addresses public health risks and relevance of FCC guidelines

36:56 – 41:53 — SF Board of Appeals questions Verizon attorney on public health risks and FCC guidelines

55:55 – 57:08 — Public comment relevant to public health aspect

58:51 – 1:01:15 — Appellant Eliza Nemser rebuttal remarks on public health risks and FCC guidelines

1:09:19 – 1:09:57 — Verizon attorney rebuttal remarks on frequencies and effective SAR

1:10:34 – 1:11:16 — Verizon attorney rebuttal remarks on federal legislation relating to FCC order & Article 25

1:30:40 – 1:32:47 — President of Board of Appeals addresses public health risks and relevance of FCC guidelines

5G: Cities Outline Their Challenges to the FCC’s 5G Rule in Court Filings

Local governments filed briefs this week in a lawsuit that asserts the FCC overstepped its authority in crafting broad restrictions on municipalities’ ability to regulate and charge for deployment of 5G technology.

https://www.routefifty.com/management/2019/06/cities-outline-challenges-fcc-5g-rule/157728/

5G: Local Soccer Mom Versus Multi Billion 5G Industry

25 minute video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M7YFI0I9kI

 

5G: What do these two dozen cities have in common?

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

June 17, 2019

Albany (NY), Asheville (NC), Ashland (OR), Boston (MA), Cincinnati (OH), Des Moines (IA), Eugene (OR), Fort Myers (FL), Hagerstown (MD), Houston (TX), Medford (OR), Milwaukee (WI), Minneapolis (MN), New Haven (CT), New York (NY), Orlando (FL),  Philadelphia (PA), Portland (OR), Raleigh (NC), Rochester (NY), Sacramento (CA), San Diego (CA), San Francisco (CA), and Tucson (AZ)

What do these two dozen cities have in common?  In each of these 24 cities local TV stations aired news stories that discussed health concerns regarding 5G cellular technology.

See links to more than 200 TV news stories from the past five years that discussed health risks from exposure to non-ionizing radiation from cell phone, cell tower, and other wireless technology including 60 news stories from the past year at http://bit.ly/TVwirelessrisks.

https://www.saferemr.com/2018/04/wireless-radiation-tv-news.html

5G; Pa. Republicans pull the bill to greenlight 5G antennas as towns say it would undercut their zoning powers.

https://www.inquirer.com/business/5g-verizon-att-pennsylvania-fcc-antenna-20190618.html

 5G: Concern grows over European rollout
https://watershedsentinel.ca/articles/5g-resistance/

5G: Rage Against The 5G Machine | Take The Power Back | 

6 ½ minute music video with graphics against 5G.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVaAmxLUh3w

5G: Some communities concerned as Harrisburg lawmakers gear up for vote on 5G technology rollout

https://www.wfmz.com/news/lehigh-valley/some-communities-concerned-as-harrisburg-lawmakers-gear-up-for-vote-on-5g-technology-rollout/1086391317

 5G INDUSTRY POLITICS
 5G: 5 things about 5G more important than the speed

1. Better quality voice calls

2. More capacity

3. Platooning

4. Mobile broadcasting

5. Human health

While 5G is always talked-up by positive changes, there will always be some negatives.

Perhaps the biggest worry is a potential problem with health – cancer, to be precise – from the installation of many more antennas in urban areas to create 5G networks.

In November 2018, over 180 scientists called for an independent task force to pause the rollout of 5G networks amid concerns about “potential hazards for human health”.

The big worry is an increase in exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic fields, which we’re already subjected to with existing mobile phone networks and Wi-Fi routers.

“The telecoms industry is trying to rollout technology that might have very real, unintended harmful consequences… the consequences for the health of humans, plants and animals are not discussed at all,” said Dr L Harrell, Professor of Oncology at Örebro University in Sweden. There is some evidence fueling their concerns, so expect this debate to drag on and on.

https://www.techradar.com/news/5-things-about-5g-more-important-than-the-speed

LINKS TO:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/health/cellphone-radiation-cancer.html

5G: https://www.fiercewireless.com/5g/telefonica-to-launch-5g-experience-banks-spain

5G; Verizon CEO urges FCC to release C-band spectrum

https://www.fiercewireless.com/5g/verizon-ceo-urges-fcc-for-mid-band-spectrum-auction

5G: NBA taps Verizon to build fiber video network for arenas

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/nba-taps-verizon-for-video-fiber-build-to-connect-all-29-teams

5G: Congress wants the Pentagon to move on 5G now

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/2019/06/18/congress-wants-the-pentagon-to-move-on-5g-now/

6G: A glimpse into the future? Report predicts 6G features

https://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/a-glimpse-into-future-report-predicts-6g-features

OTHER TELECOM: Lowell eyes new broadband network

New network could be game changer

SiFi Networks is coming with big promises.

Its proposal to lay miles of fiber down every road in Lowell could mean significant changes for the city’s average internet user — and at no cost to the city of Lowell.

Late last month, company representatives attended a meeting of a City Council subcommittee, which recommended authorizing City Manager Eileen Donoghue to draft an agreement with the company subject to approval by the City Council.

“This is fantastic and I look forward to you becoming a very key partner for the city,” City Councilor Karen Cirillo said at the end of the meeting.

By installing — then maintaining and updating — a new fiber optic network in the city, SiFi Networks would create infrastructure allowing new internet providers to start offering services in the city. It would, in short, create competition.

Currently, there’s one game in town when it comes to internet connection, XFINITY by Comcast. SiFi Networks will not offer new options for cable television.

In a presentation to the subcommittee, Bradshaw said the city could use the network to secure connections between city facilities, introduce WiFi zones, connect cameras to provide security and traffic management, introduce “eHealth” to ensure more patients can be managed from home, use “eLearning” to improve access to education and reduce snow days, run community outreach kiosks or utilize ground sensors to streamline maintenance.

The model SiFi Networks is introducing to Lowell is “revolutionary,” said Sara Pickstock, SiFi Networks marketing director.

Currently the international company, with U.S. headquarters in New Jersey, has several other cities throughout the nation signed on, though their networks have not yet gone into operation.

This includes Salem, Massachusetts; East Hartford, Connecticut; and Saratoga Springs, New York.

The project in Fullerton, California is the furthest along with construction already underway. Fiber down every street is being laid using a minimally disruptive process called micro trenching.

Bradshaw said he expects some consumers to be able to get service through the network by the end of 2019. The project is privately funded by Whitehelm Capital and APG, a pension network in the Netherlands
SiFi Networks is unusual in being a private company offering an open access network that multiple providers can contract with the company to access.

A2D has a similar model and recently entered into contracts with communities in Georgia, according to Telecompetitor.

“Perhaps the economics of operating an open access network are changing with the advent of 5G and the smart city, and/or perhaps technology advances have made the open access network model more compelling than it was in the past,” Joan Engebretson wrote in Telecompetitor.

Bradshaw told city councilors SiFi Networks initially encountered rejections when the company tried to bring a slightly different model to the United States starting in 2014.

Under that model, SiFi Networks would have built the infrastructure then leased it to the community, which would have been responsible for contracting with providers on their own.

The model didn’t have any takers so they changed focus, according to Bradshaw.

In a statement, CEO Ben Bawtree-Jobson said SiFi Networks plans to generate revenue under their current model by leasing access to the network.

“SiFi Networks is a wholesaler of fiber infrastructure and thus derives their revenues and returns in the same way a Crown Castle or Mobilite would, through effectively leasing access to the network,” he said.

If Lowell moves forward with the proposal, building out the network would take less than two years, according to Bradshaw. SiFi Networks would maintain and update it for the next 30 years.

The company said it will need access to every street, passing every building, and pledges to bring at least two new internet providers to Lowell.

Pickstock said the project would be a “game-changer.
Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_32685718/lowell-eyes-new-broadband-network#ixzz5rEklWUxy

IOT: The Growth in Connected IoT Devices is Expected to Generate 79.4ZB of Data in 2025, According to a New IDC Forecast

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/growth-connected-iot-devices-expected-123000368.html

 

OTHER TELECOM: THE INVISIBLE BATTLE FOR AMERICA’S AIRWAVES

How a rush of new industrial IoT devices turned up the heat on a decades-old fight for spectrum.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/a28039878/battle-radiofrequency-spectrum/

 OTHER TELECOM: AT&T cuts another 1,800 jobs as it finishes fiber-Internet buildout

1,800 new job cuts in addition to 23,000 AT&T jobs cut since December 2017.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/06/att-cuts-another-1800-jobs-as-it-finishes-fiber-internet-buildout/

 HEALTHChronic inflammation removes motivation by reducing dopamine in the brain

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20190605/Chronic-inflammation-removes-motivation-by-reducing-dopamine-in-the-brain.aspx

 HEALTH: Microwaves and Alzheimer’s disease

Abstract

Alzheimer’s diseases (AD) is the most common type of dementia and a neurodegenerative disease that occurs when the nerve cells in the brain die. The cause and treatment of AD remain unknown. However, AD is a disease that affects the brain, an organ that controls behavior. Accordingly, anything that can interact with the brain may affect this organ positively or negatively, thereby protecting or encouraging AD. In this regard, modern life encompasses microwaves for all issues including industrial, communications, medical and domestic tenders, and among all applications, the cell phone wave, which directly exposes the brain, continues to be the most used. Evidence suggests that microwaves may produce various biological effects on the central nervous system (CNS) and many arguments relay the possibility that microwaves may be involved in the pathophysiology of CNS disease, including AD. By contrast, previous studies have reported some beneficial cognitive effects and that microwaves may protect against cognitive impairment in AD. However, although many of the beneficial effects of microwaves are derived from animal models, but can easily be extrapolated to humans, whether microwaves cause AD is an important issue that is to be addressed in the current review.

3. Conclusion

The impact of wireless communication on human health is a mater of debate. Since there are widespread concerns regarding the deleterious effects of the exposure to microwaves on human tissues and the subsequent potential threat of carcinogenesis, we can conclude that the current exposure to microwaves during the use of cell phones is not safe for long-term exposure, despite the current scientific opinion. Absorption of the cell phone signal into the brain of children does not exclude serious neuronal damage, as evidenced in rat studies (50). In addition, the increased risk of tumors of the head associated with long-term cell phone use is evident since radiofrequency may cause the blood-brain barrier to leak and to favor the damage of genetic material which consists of common precursors to cancer (51). Accordingly, poor fertility and the increased chance of miscarriage and childhood cancer have been associated with cell phone storage in front pockets. Notably, the data suggested that the hippocampus can be injured by long-term microwave exposure (52), which may result in the impairment of cognitive function due to neurotransmitter disruption. These results suggest that precautionary approach underlying the restrictive use of cell phones constitutes essential appropriate guidelines to follow although additional studies are needed.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5038365/

HEALTH: 

More Health IT Isn’t Always Better, Says HHS Digital Service Director

https://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2019/06/more-health-it-isnt-always-better-says-hhs-digital-service-director/157790/

HEALTH: Robocalls are overwhelming hospitals and patients, threatening a new kind of health crisis

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/06/17/robocalls-are-overwhelming-hospitals-patients-threatening-new-kind-health-crisis/

 

SATELLITES: Disrupting the night sky: Silicon Valley is launching hundreds of illuminated satellites in an effort to provide the world with better Internet access.

https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2019/jun/16/disrupting-night-sky/

SATELLITES: How satellites can play a role in the 5G roll out

Steve Collar of SES says satellites make it “easy” to deploy communication networks “at the edge,” which means that people in rural areas can be connected and have access to applications and services. He also says a technology war won’t have a big impact on the roll out of 5G.

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/06/18/how-satellites-can-play-a-role-in-the-5g-roll-out.html

 

SECURITY: Ransomware attack paralyses Lake City email, landlines and credit card services

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/ransomware-attack-paralyses-lake-city-email-landlines-and-credit-card-services-21329.html

SECURITY: Linux Kernel Bug Knocks PCs, IoT Gadgets and More Offline

https://threatpost.com/linux-kernel-bug-pcs-iot-offline/145797/

SECURITY: Consumers Urged to Junk Insecure IoT Devices

A security researcher who disclosed flaws impacting 2 million IoT devices in April – and has yet to see a patch or even hear back from the manufacturers contacted – is sounding off on the dire state of IoT security.

https://threatpost.com/consumers-urged-to-junk-insecure-iot-devices/145800/

(how lovely for the environment?)

 SMART CITIES: Cities of Service announces 10 finalists for Engaged Cities awards
  • The 10 finalists this year are: Atlanta; Aurora, IL; Bogota, Colombia; Chicago; Flint, MI; Lakewood, CO; London; Orlando, FL; Plymouth, England; and San Francisco. The cities are recognized for tackling challenges related to the environment and sustainability, health and safety and neighborhood revitalization, among others.

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/cities-of-service-announces-10-finalists-for-engaged-cities-awards/556941/

 SPACE: Our violent Sun

The upcoming 11-year solar cycle, which kicks off in 2020, is forecast to be quieter than the last but that doesn’t mean we should be complacent about solar storms, experts say.

Why it matters: Although rare, an extreme coronal mass ejection (CME) — a large burst of plasma sent out by the Sun — could cause a months-long blackout, harm satellites and cause billions in damage.

  • “If you do enough damage with a solar storm, then you start to take out the basic fabric of society,” solar physicist Scott McIntosh told Axios.
  • Space weather can also pose a danger for astronauts in space.

https://www.axios.com/solar-storms-damage-e479006a-6c2e-4c7c-a915-5d0ef470cd16.html

SURVEILLANCE: Just When You Thought Surveillance Tech Couldn’t Get Any More Orwellian…

https://www.activistpost.com/2019/06/just-when-you-thought-surveillance-tech-couldnt-get-any-more-orwellian.html

TRANSPORTATIONDEEP DIVE

The rise of EVs could overwhelm the grid, but PG&E has a better plan

A new framework gives utilities a way to identify and seize electrification value with managed charging

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-rise-of-evs-could-overwhelm-the-grid-but-pge-has-a-better-plan/555984/

 SMART GRIDSCyberattacks Make Smart Grids Look Pretty Dumb

The spread of smart metering and automated control systems has changed that landscape, with more than 10% of global grid investments – equivalent to some $30 billion a year – now dedicated to digital network infrastructure. The grids of the near future are likely to be increasingly decentralized: Owners of domestic refrigerators, air conditioners and industrial facilities will be compensated for switching off to smooth out demand peaks; home, vehicle, and utility-scale batteries will buy cheap electrons and charge up in times of excess generation.

The problem here is the vast amount of infrastructure needed to support such a setup. Any smart electrical grid needs a parallel telecommunications network to collect and harness the volumes of data it will generate, and that makes every connected thermostat or smart refrigerator a potential entry point for cyber intruders.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/energy/cyberattacks-make-smart-grids-look-pretty-dumb/2019/06/17/e0dc51b0-90e2-11e9-956a-88c291ab5c38_story.html

SMART GRID SECURITY: SECURITY: Kremlin Warns of Cyberwar After Report of US Hacking Into Russian Power Grid  

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/17/world/europe/russia-us-cyberwar-grid.html

AND

Utilities are ‘the new cyber battlefield,’ as US ramps up pressure on Russia’s electric grid

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/utilities-are-the-new-cyber-battlefield-as-us-ramps-up-pressure-on-russi/557052/

SMART GRID IRELANDWind farms, electric cars and smart meters in climate action plan

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2019/0617/1055808-climate-action-plan/

SMART GRIDS: South American outages cast doubt on safety of internet-connected smart grids as experts warn they can easily be hacked

  • Outages in South America have drawn some analysts attention to ‘smart’ grids 
  • By connecting grids to the internet, skeptics say security could be compromised
  • ‘Botnet’ attacks may weaponize air-conditioners and heater to overload the grid  
  • Recent reports show that sophisticated hackers are roving the US grid already 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7150881/South-American-outages-cast-doubt-safety-internet-connected-smart-grids.html

SMART METERS INDIA: Can smart meters re-energise India’s crumbling power distribution companies?

For India’s cash-strapped power utilities, smart meters could lead to much-needed savings.

https://qz.com/india/1592927/smart-meters-may-just-be-what-indian-power-distributors-need/

SMART METERS OPPOSITION: My article: 

Why 5G Is Like The Worst Relationship Your Ever Had, (And So Are Smart Meters)  (more at link) 

https://www.naturalblaze.com/2019/06/why-5g-is-like-the-worst-relationship-your-ever-had-and-so-are-smart-meters.html

SMART METERS: Bill awaiting Sununu’s signature would create statewide database on consumer energy use

CONCORD — Most people think of their electric meter as a one-way device. It records your electricity usage, and someone from the utility comes to read it so you can pay your bill accordingly.

But legislation that has passed the House and Senate and is now awaiting Gov. Chris Sununu’s signature could turn electric meters into something consumers pay more attention to as they try to lower their electric bills.

SB 284 would require the creation of a statewide utility database that would allow customers to access and use information from their electric meters about how and when they consume energy.

“Data access and data sharing are essential if consumers are to take full advantage of what the 21st century grid has to offer,” said Consumer Advocate D. Maurice “Don” Kreis, whose office represents the interests of residential utility customers in New Hampshire.

“If this bill becomes law, ratepayers in the Granite State will for the first time be able to share their usage data with service providers who can save them money. That’s a big deal.”

Kreis requested the legislation in his role as consumer advocate, and the bill has been championed by Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth, in the House, and Rep. Kat McGhee, D-Hollis, in the Senate.

Thanks to emerging technologies and deregulation, competitive firms vying to be your energy supplier now have the capacity to deliver savings through services like energy efficiency retrofits, solar panels, battery storage, and energy management systems with features like smart thermostats.

“And by ‘real value’ I mean: save customers money and give them more choices,” said Kreis.

Under SB 284, the state’s three investor-owned utilities (Eversource, Liberty and Unitil) will have to develop and operate the database, but the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will first have to put rules in place to assure oversight.

The PUC would also have to determine that benefits to consumers exceed the cost of the platform, a critical protection given widespread concerns about high energy costs.

Kries credited OCA Director of Finance James Brennan, who came to the OCA six years ago with a background in information technology, with helping the office make data access a top legislative priority for the past session.

“Jim has taught us, and now he has successfully taught legislators as well, that reforms like these will really make a difference for ratepayers,” Kreis said.

During hearings on the bill, utility representatives expressed concerns about privacy and security, and the costs of setting up and maintaining such a program.

A representative for Eversource, the state’s largest distribution utility, said the company already provides several methods for its customers to access their own data and to save costs on their energy usage.

https://www.unionleader.com/news/politics/state/bill-awaiting-sununu-s-signature-would-create-statewide-database-on/article_8bc16e3e-fc85-5c88-bf56-3ede8659d135.html

(how to NOT use the word smart meters to prevent scrutiny)


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