Something amazing is about to happen in California…
Sean Everett, Tech Writer for Medium’s The Mission has the detail here.
California Senate Bill 649 has passed the House and the Senate and is about to land on the Governor’s desk. If he signs it into law, by January 1, 2018, the State of California will allow “small cell” transmitters to be placed on any public owned property, such as a utility poles, stop signs, or public buildings, without the need of additional permits.
Interestingly, the Fire Departments expressed their concerns and now they are excluded from having any fire department be a location that could be used for these small cells.
And the bill didn’t clear the House and Senate without other opposition. The California Alliance For Safer Technology claims it was formed to: “defeat SB 649 which is a giveaway of our local authority to control where Verizon, AT&T and the other wireless companies locate their cell towers. This bill allows these companies to turn almost every utility pole in all of our neighborhoods throughout California into “small” cell towers that will be located right outside our homes, schools and workplaces.”
Science and Public Policy expert Dr. George Carlo reminds us, particularly in regards to this important legislation,
We are not without experience as a society in addressing the safety of emerging technologies and their consequences. Clear air, clear water, cigarette smoke, hazardous waste sites — all give us a potential roadmap. However, what’s different about wireless is the rapidity with which it has worked itself into every aspect of life. The politics around the commercial impacts of any change in the status quo have created an inertia that unfortunately has made federal and state governments impotent in protecting consumers who use wireless. That aspect is unprecedented and that’s what makes it essential to address the issue at the local government level.”
Absolutely important point Dr. Carlo, the main issue with this bill is that it removes local government–and local residents from having any control in the placement of, or the allowance of additional “small cell” towers.
This is actually a pretty big deal that unfortunately, most people will never even hear about until its a fait accompli .
If you’re concerned about California Senate Bill 649 there’s two things you can do:
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Need to learn more about Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF’s) so you can fully understand the potential impact this bill has, please read The Safertech Guide here
Stay informed! 💙