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  1. Monique added a topic in General Discussion   

    Lawyer Blog on Federal Bill S. 1988 which will "exempt small wireless facilities from environmental and historic reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)...
    For those concerned about historic districts and public rights of ways, this is another federal bill that's being discussed which will eliminate local authority in regard to cell tower placement.  Please contact your elected officials if this concerns you:
    S. 1988:  The Speed Act: https://www.beyondtelecomlawblog.com/road-5g-paved-federal-state-pre-emptions-local-authority/
    This legislation would exempt small wireless facilities from environmental and historic reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) if they meet these conditions:
    (1) They are being deployed in public right of way and are not higher than an existing structure in the public right of way; or
    (2) They are serving as a replacement for an existing small cell and are substantially similar (as defined by the FCC) to the small cell being replaced. It would also exempt wireless towers from NEPA review if located in public right of way and the antenna tower or support pole is not more that the higher of 50 feet tall or 10 feet higher that any existing structure in the public right of way and does not have guy wires. The SPEED Act uses FCC size and other applicable requirements as its definition of small wireless facilities.
     
     
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  2. Monique added a post in a topic "Net Neutraility" and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)   

    Blight - Thanks for your thoughts on this.  The internet is a wonderful resource but it's not our only resource.   
    You might find this Huffington Post article interesting also:
     
    The Trump-FCC-AT&T-Et Al. Plan: The Insidious “Wheel of Mis-Fortune”. 
    Bruce Kushnick, Contributor
    Executive Director
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-trump-fcc-att-et-al-plan-the-insidious-wheel_us_5a055a13e4b0ee8ec3694081
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  3. Monique added a topic in General Discussion   

    "Net Neutraility" and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
    For those of you following and perhaps upset about what's going on with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in regard to "Net Neutrality", you may also be interested in this free e-Book written last year by a Harvard Professor. “Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is Dominated by the Industries it Presumably Regulates” http://ethics.harvard.edu/files/center-for-ethics/files/capturedagency_alster.pdf
     
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  4. Monique added a post in a topic State rating of D   

    My husband and I don't have children but I thought I'd post another expert opinion article about education that was published last week by Business Insider.com.  It references other articles that I've posted already.   
    “An MIT psychologist explains why so many tech moguls send their kids to anti-tech schools”   http://www.businessinsider.com/sherry-turkle-why-tech-moguls-send-their-kids-to-anti-tech-schools-2017-11
    Also a friend of mine sent me this 5 minute interview on Fox News in September.  “Smartphones destroying generation?” 
    One professor argues that while post-millennials are physically safer than adolescents, they are more comfortable online than with real people - and are the verge of a mental breakdown.  http://video.foxnews.com/v/5575506985001/?#sp=show-clips
    Good luck, y’all.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  5. Monique added a post in a topic Anyone NOT want cell towers in yards for any reason? 90+ Ohio lawsuits against bill that allows this.   

    Long Islanders Sue Over Health Concerns About New Cellphone Towers: “Long Island residents are raising health concerns as cellphone transmission equipment continues to be installedin many areas. As they joined hands in front of the courthouse, worried homeowners said the law must be changed to stop the new towers from being allowed. “This is an issue that is critical — not just to all of Long Island, but all of the United States,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Andrew Campanelli, “because across the United States, no wireless facilities are being tested.” http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/10/19/long-island-cellphone-towers-lawsuit/ http://longisland.news12.com/story/36637952/homeowners-file-lawsuit-over-potential-wireless-transmitter-health-risks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3VqliGwJsI&list=PLQ01KlFuvNZZfIz75U47EyqSM0es6BRNu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TTvS3-8ZtA
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  6. Monique added a post in a topic 90 Ohio lawsuits against senate bill which allows cell towers in residential yards, etc.   

    Long Islanders Sue Over Health Concerns About New Cellphone Towers: “Long Island residents are raising health concerns as cellphone transmission equipment continues to be installedin many areas. As they joined hands in front of the courthouse, worried homeowners said the law must be changed to stop the new towers from being allowed. “This is an issue that is critical — not just to all of Long Island, but all of the United States,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Andrew Campanelli, “because across the United States, no wireless facilities are being tested.” http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/10/19/long-island-cellphone-towers-lawsuit/ http://longisland.news12.com/story/36637952/homeowners-file-lawsuit-over-potential-wireless-transmitter-health-risks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3VqliGwJsI&list=PLQ01KlFuvNZZfIz75U47EyqSM0es6BRNu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TTvS3-8ZtA
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  7. Monique added a post in a topic Anyone NOT want cell towers in yards for any reason? 90+ Ohio lawsuits against bill that allows this.   

     
    Big Congratulations to California residents: Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed their small cell bill which would have eliminated local authority in regard to cell tower/wireless infrastructure placement.
    In Ohio, our small cell tower bill passed last December when a wireless clause was added at the last minute to SB 331 “The Petland Bill”.  At least 90 Ohio municipal governments have filed lawsuits against it including Cincinnati, Mason, and Sharonville. As far as I know, there has been no local news coverage of this.  
    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/16/california-gov-jerry-brown-vetoes-bill-easing-permits-on-cell-phone-towers/

     
     
     
     
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  8. Monique added a post in a topic 90 Ohio lawsuits against senate bill which allows cell towers in residential yards, etc.   

    Big Congratulations to California residents: Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed their small cell bill which would have eliminated local authority in regard to cell tower/wireless infrastructure placement.
    In Ohio, our small cell tower bill passed last December when a wireless clause was added at the last minute to SB 331 “The Petland Bill”.  At least 90 Ohio municipal governments have filed lawsuits against it including Cincinnati, Mason, and Sharonville. As far as I know, there has been no local news coverage of this.  
    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/16/california-gov-jerry-brown-vetoes-bill-easing-permits-on-cell-phone-towers/
    http://emfsafetynetwork.org/sb-649-vetoed/
     
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  9. Monique added a topic in Politics   

    CA Govenor vetos state bill eliminating local authority in small cell tower placement. Ohio's bill still in effect despite 90 municipal govt lawsuits
    Big Congratulations to California residents: Last night Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed their small cell bill which would have eliminated local authority in regard to cell tower/wireless infrastructure placement.   In Ohio, our small cell tower bill passed last December when a wireless clause was added at the last minute to SB 331 (“The Petland Bill”).  At least 90 Ohio municipal governments have filed lawsuits against it including Cincinnati, Mason, and Sharonville. As far as I know, there has been no local news coverage of this.  
    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/16/california-gov-jerry-brown-vetoes-bill-easing-permits-on-cell-phone-towers/
    http://emfsafetynetwork.org/sb-649-vetoed/ 
     
     
     
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  10. Monique added a post in a topic Anyone NOT want cell towers in yards for any reason? 90+ Ohio lawsuits against bill that allows this.   

    Dear Mr. Blight - thanks for posting this.  There are many resources online with similar information. 
    There are also many groups outside of Cincinnati also that have pre-written speeches available for free online - especially in regard to fighting cell towers on school properties and replacing WiFi with wired internet.  Some include: Citizens for Safe Technology, Parents for Safer Technology, Safe Tech for Schools Maryland, and National Association for Children and Safe Technology.
    Change happens where people are fighting for their communities:   In 2014, Greenbelt, MD council votes unanimously to alert citizens to the health risks of cell phone/wireless radiation and to oppose cell towers on school grounds.  http://ehtrust.org/maryland-city-votes-unanimously-alert-citizens-health-risks-cell-phonewireless-radiation-oppose-cell-towers-school-grounds/
    NopeCincy.org is a great local example of people fighting for their community and affecting change. 
    The UC professor I spoke with last year at the council meeting told me that usually the most accurate research is independently funded and peer reviewed.  Government research is good too.    
    For those who prefer video presentations, there are documentaries available online as well in re EMF/EMF/MW/RF emitting sources.  They feature interviews with doctors, scientists, and more: “Generation Zapped", “Wi-Fried”, "Mobilize", and "Take Back Your Power” 
    You are a great writer.  Most of this information has already been provided to local media by me as well as others.  If you are concerned, I hope you will consider submitting something as well.  There is strength in numbers.
    Have a Blessed Day.
     
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  11. Monique added a post in a topic Anyone NOT want cell towers in yards for any reason? 90+ Ohio lawsuits against bill that allows this.   

    Dear Mr. Blight - thank you for your response and your interest.  I already spoke at a Greenhills Village Council meeting last November along with a UC College of Medicine Environmental Health professor regarding all of the information I presented here and more.  I included research, etc. in regard to other EMF/EMF/RF/MW sources other than cell towers, WiFi Hotspots, and routers.   
    I received word back in January that they did not plan to do anything because of existing laws. 
    Since speaking at the meeting, I have been contacting the city manager every week or so to ask if any wireless infrastructure applications have been submitted within the village.  So far none have been submitted.  However more of them have been installed outside the village so it's only a matter of time before it could happen here.  www.antennasearch.com is a good resource.  At the same time, Antennasearch.com doesn't seem to always post everything that gets installed b/c many don't seem to get registered.  Locations for WiFi stations or "hotspots" can be found on other websites.  
    I have been sending The Law Committee updated information since November regarding new and proposed legislation, research, etc.  It is my understanding that they review it but other than that I cannot speak for them as to what they plan to do.  As far as I know, they did not file a lawsuit against the against the wireless clause in Senate Bill 331 along with the other 90 Ohio municipal governments - though I did provide information on how they could file with a Columbus law firm at a sliding scale ($2000).
    I also stopped in for about 10 minutes at The Law Committee meeting in August and presented some information in person.  I cannot speak on behalf of them as to what they plan to do with it.
    Before I started posting on this board, I posted for a few months on the Facebook page, "Concerned Citizens of Greenhills".   Although I received no hostile remarks, so far it seems that no one is still ready to act on it.  My Facebook name is "Mo Songs" because I am a songwriter.
    I have used examples of activism in re cell towers, etc. in Greenbelt, MD (another Greenbelt community) and many other communities on this board and on Facebook.  When people stand together, change happens.  I have been doing the best that I can by myself but without more people involved, it is unlikely that anything here will change.  I am more than happy to be a resource as well as stand with a group on this.
    I am aware of the tower on Sharon Road.  When my husband and I decided to move here, we made sure that we chose a home down the hill from it because of our concerns.  Because of existing laws I don't know that it can be removed.  However if residents in that neighborhood are concerned, they may want to address council about FCC procedures to make sure that it is within the current federal safety guidelines.  If it is not, then they need to make sure that is corrected. 
    I am really hoping that there will be no installation of any wireless infrastructure at the school buildings within the village.  That is also something that I discussed at the council meeting.  My husband and I do not have children but I have dropped off literature at the school down the street and talked to a few staff members about why I was leaving it with them.  I cannot say what they plan to do with this information.  I have also spoken to pretty much everyone I know locally (meaning outside of Greenhills) about what I have posted here and provided them with information for almost 2 years now.  No one so far seems to be willing to act on this. 
    There are a few other concerned citizens within the Greater Cincinnati.  They've also been trying to raise awareness and get others involved.  What can I say other than we need more than a few concerned citizens to affect change.
    Every media outlet in town has been provided with this information presented here and more.  They seem to be waiting for more people to call and complain before they will do a story.
    If you find some folks willing to act on any of this, please let me know.  Thanks again. 
     
     
     
     
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  12. Monique added a post in a topic Anyone NOT want cell towers in yards for any reason? 90+ Ohio lawsuits against bill that allows this.   

    Dear Mr. Blight –
    You seem to be creative and intelligent person.  Given the times and current state of the world, it’s good to hear that others on this site consider you to be normal and seem to be benefiting from your gifts, etc. 
    Our friendly exchange gives me the opportunity to provide more links to those who may be considering cell tower and/or antenna placement on his/her property.
    In regard to wildlife, these are links to research provided by U.S. government employees:
    US Dept of Interior Letter warning regarding migratory birds and cell towers:   http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/us_doi_comments.pdf
    US Fish & Wildlife Study warning Non Ionizing Radiation http://ehtrust.org/memorandum-bird-wildlife-impacts-non-ionizing-radiation-albert-m-manville-ph-d-former-u-s-fish-wildlife-service-senior-biologist/
    This New York Times article provides more U.S. government research and also reports all kinds of internal drama within the CDC in regard to this research:  “At CDC, a Debate Behind Recommendations on Cellphone Risk.”  https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/02/technology/at-cdc-a-debate-behind-recommendations-on-cellphone-risk.html?_r=0
    In a nutshell – just weeks prior to the article being released, The CDC recanted the “bold” position it made against the dangers of cell phone radiation.  At the same time, the former director of CDC division, The National Center for Environmental Health, Dr. Christopher J. Portier would not recant his position.
    Dr. Portier also served on the International Agency for Research of Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization that in May 2011 called low-frequency radiation from cellphones and other devices a possible carcinogen.   He said the I.A.R.C. declaration led him to seek a review of the CDC guidelines.  http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/05/31/who.cell.phones/
    Drama indeed.
    Also in regard to the The New York Time’s article…“An investigative report published by the Environmental Health Trust (EHT) digs deeper into the circumstances surrounding the CDC's retraction of their guidelines on cell phone radiation exposure.  The report, based on 500 pages of internal CDC documents released through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), illuminates key information left of out the New York Times article… that immediately after publishing the new guidelines in June 2014 the CDC hired Kenneth Foster … who has an established record of conducting research funded by the private wireless industry and has authored a number of studies with results that contradict the notion that children are more susceptible to cell phone radiation than adults.” http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986953/radiating_corruption_the_frightening_science_and_politics_of_cell_phone_safety.html
    Other unfortunate research revealed in The Ecologist’s article:
    Cell phone use linked with erectile dysfunction.
    L
    All this being said, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for my husband and me to not want cell tower infrastructure in front of our home or anywhere near us.  There also seems to be no issue with cell phone reception in our neighborhood and wireless infrastructure has been proven to lower property value. 
    On a side note - my husband and I moved to Greenhills about a year ago.  We’ve been very surprised to see so many large branches falling from trees all over our neighborhood.  At least one tree had to be cut down because it was dying.  I asked a neighbor if this was normal or if this was a new issue.  He has lived here a long time and said it was a new issue.  Sad.
    Thank you for your contribution to this thread and also sharing information about FCC measurement procedures.  It’s a shame that FCC employees are having difficulty getting good readings on your property.  Then again I've never heard of them using actual tape measures.  Perhaps you should look into that.
    Have a blessed day.
     
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  13. Monique added a post in a topic Anyone NOT want cell towers in yards for any reason? 90+ Ohio lawsuits against bill that allows this.   

    Blight Reporter - Glad it's working out well for you but it seems you may have a different situation (and more property) than many home owners. 
    The Ohio bill (and the federal bills still being discussed) provide no income for residential home owners when small cell tower infrastructure is placed in front of their homes.  Municipal governments aren't getting much income out of it either.  The March 20, 2017 Cleveland press conference (with the mayors and law directors of Cleveland and Independence) provides details of why so many municipal governments filed lawsuits against this.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWE8EC-bqEI
    I've provided many other links from different Ohio municipal governments also in previous posts which also identify issues and concerns.  There are at least 90 who have filed lawsuits. 
    This being said - I've already checked it out thoroughly.  If firefighters don't want it on their properties, I certainly don't want it on mine or anywhere nearby. http://fearlessparent.org/cell-tower-hypocrisy-rescuing-firefighters-not-kids/
    I've also talked to many of my neighbors and there are no complaints about our cell phone service here. 
    A few weeks ago Judge Ethna Cooper of Hamilton County ruled that the wireless clause in the Ohio Bill 331 violated the state constitution.  As far as I know, this hasn't been covered by our local press.  In other parts of Ohio, judges have also ruled that the clause is unconstitutional but unfortunately the judgment was then overturned.  I provided links for this happening in Summit County on previous posts.
    Since you have rented space to cell towers on your property, it would be great if you'd provide details on how often the Federal Communications Commission comes and measures the towers to make sure they are not violating federal RF regulations.  I already asked this of someone else on this list who rents to cell towers and he has yet to provide answers.
    According to a 2014 Wall Street Journal - 1 in 10 cell towers violates federal regulations and there aren't enough employees to make sure this is corrected in many instances.  www.rfsafe.com/wsj-one-10-cell-phone-towers-violate-rf-radiation-safety-rule
    Again - I stand with firefighters and the 90 Ohio municipal governments who don't want this.   Thanks for your interest and your contribution to this post.  I hope you will provide more.
     
     
     
       
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  14. Monique added a post in a topic Village Energy Aggregation Program Questions   

    Duke Energy Ohio rate increase proposal:  http://dis.puc.state.oh.us/CaseRecord.aspx?Caseno=17-0032&link=DIVA OH: 17-0032-EL-AIR.
    Another reference to this proposal:  “Also in March, (2017) Duke Energy Ohio proposed a transition to a straight-fixed variable rate (a structure founded on the principle that fixed costs are recovered through the fixed charge and only variable costs are recovered through variable charges) for residential customers, which would increase the residential fixed charge from $6 to $22.77 per month and increase the low-income fixed charge from $2 to $18.77 per month. 
    FYI - one of our neighbor's Duke Energy electric smart meter and control panel caught fire a few days after the John Matarese story.  Fortunately he was home so there wasn't more damage than that. 
     
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  15. Monique added a post in a topic 90 Ohio lawsuits against senate bill which allows cell towers in residential yards, etc.   

    Additional links with photos of small cell towers:
    https://www.google.com/search?biw=1280&bih=585&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=small+cell+antenna+photo&oq=small+cell+antenna+photo&gs_l=psy-ab.3...40394.44527.0.45954.12.12.0.0.0.0.218.2089.0j8j3.11.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..1.2.428...0j0i30k1j0i8i30k1j0i8i7i30k1.0.xfwMgNceLhg
    https://www.google.com/search?biw=1280&bih=585&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=small+cell+antenna+photo&oq=small+cell+antenna+photo&gs_l=psy-ab.3...40394.44527.0.45954.12.12.0.0.0.0.218.2089.0j8j3.11.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..1.2.428...0j0i30k1j0i8i30k1j0i8i7i30k1.0.xfwMgNceLhg#imgrc=uSdspfQ5g-ajXM:&spf=1506347800482
    https://www.google.com/search?biw=1280&bih=585&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=small+cell+antenna+photo&oq=small+cell+antenna+photo&gs_l=psy-ab.3...40394.44527.0.45954.12.12.0.0.0.0.218.2089.0j8j3.11.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..1.2.428...0j0i30k1j0i8i30k1j0i8i7i30k1.0.xfwMgNceLhg#imgrc=ltfFoX14E3A8fM:&spf=1506347639060
    https://medium.com/@omarmasry/sb-649-challenges-legislative-pitfalls-a61a4427651a
    Link for WiFi hot spots:  https://www.google.com/search?q=wifi+hotspot+antenna+photo&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjRy_a4277WAhWGCsAKHfUHCR4Q7AkIRQ&biw=1280&bih=585&dpr=1.5#imgrc=WH2eIw46xnQPEM:&spf=1506347563193
     
     
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