Greenwich Petition

Immediately implement a 6-month moratorium on all small cell wireless telecommunications facilities in Greenwich for the purpose of developing a responsible Communications Ordinance.

The telecommunications industry is placing so-called “small cell” wireless telecommunications facilities (“WTFs”) on streetlights and utility poles right outside our homes.  If this deployment isn’t stopped, the industry will eventually reach its goal of installing antennas approximately every 300-400 feet.  There are currently at least 44 completed installations of, or applications in process for, these WTFs around Greenwich.

The deployment of these antennas offers only disservices, as detailed in the factual information below.  The operations of these WTFs are harming our health, lowering our property value, and violating our privacy through massive data harvesting and surveillance, even in our own homes.

We, the undersigned residents of Greenwich, CT, respectfully urge the Town of Greenwich to immediately implement a 6-month moratorium to cease and desist from processing and permitting applications for, and construction of, small cell WTFs in Greenwich.

We need to create a Communications Ordinance that will protect our local values, and – per the primary Purpose of both the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TCA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – that will protect “life and property”.

RF/MW from WTFs  harms health and life.

  • Thousands of independent, peer-reviewed studies have established many adverse bioeffects from RF microwave radiation exposure.  Immediate symptoms include headaches, tinnitus, sleeping problems, concentration and memory problems, depression, and more.  Studies also show “clear evidence” of cancer, neurological and cognitive harm, DNA damage, heart abnormalities, reproductive effects, and more.
  • The proximity in dimension of wavelengths to heights and internal organ dimensions of adults, children, animals and pollinating insects optimizes absorption in their bodies.
  • The xenobiotic characteristics of the pulse-modulation of RF/MW radiation along with the complexity of the many simultaneous, overlapping waves, their harmonics and their heterodyning which produces other wavelengths makes this radiation extremely harmful to all humans and other life forms.
  • Children are especially vulnerable because their brain tissues are more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is smaller.  Yet WTFs are being installed directly adjacent to our children’s schools, parks, playgrounds, ball fields and bus stops, including:
  • Other vulnerable populations include pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with implanted medical devices, cardiac or neurological problems.

  • WTFs also harm diverse wildlife, plants, trees, and animals, including birds, honey bees, frogs, mammals, and others. 

WTFs harm our personal financial status and municipal revenue:

  • Placing a small cell opposite one’s home results in devaluing the home value by up to 20%.  In Greenwich this amounts to an average loss of $430,000 per home with a nearby WTF.  Thus private property value is being taken against the owner’s wishes for a purportedly public but truly private-profit use by the telecommunications companies. 
  • Along with the placement of small cells right outside a home weakening the owner’s financial status, when spread across a municipal area they’re also weakening the tax base and reducing municipal revenue.  With 50 WTFs, for example, each near 15 homes, property value loss could total a staggering $322,500,000. 
  • The telecom companies aren’t only taking money away from us and our Town; they’re actually making money off the Town by constructing WTFs on streetlights and utility poles in the Town’s public rights-of-way. 
  • Our State Constitution’s Bill of Rights provides in Sec. 11:  “The property of no person shall be taken for public use, without just compensation therefor.”

The densified buildout of small cell WTFs is forming the infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT), which is fraught with hazards.

  • WTFs are allowing for massive data-seizureSmart devices such as smart phones, smart televisions, smart cars, and smart TVs feed and process data into artificial intelligence. 
  • Surveillance and privacy trespasses are being taken to exponentially higher levels with the tracking, behavior and even thought-prediction capabilities of the placement of small cell WTFs eventually to be every 300-400 feet around the world. 
  • The densified placement of small cell WTFs heightens the vulnerability to cyberattacks.  When a device “registers” with a new small cell antenna every 300 feet it transmits certain identifying data about itself. Data from appliance usage to personal communications to financial transactions is not encrypted and are a treasure trove for hackers. 
  • The U.S. Constitution, Amendment IV states “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” [emphasis added]

It’s a disservice to force an inferior service which is wireless when there’s another service superior in every way, which is wired fiber-optic cable.

  • Fiber-optics to the premises (FTTP) is superior in every way to wireless internet transmissions. Fiber provides the fastest, clearest transmissions over the greatest distances. It is reliable in storms and emergencies, not hackable, and emits no radiation. 
  • The infrastructural copper wires and almost all fiber-optic cables already in place were financed with public money and reside in public conduits or on poles in the public rights-of-way. These publicly-financed fiber-optic cables and copper wirelines cannot lawfully be claimed or used, particularly not exclusively by unregulated private wireless companies as if they were private property purposed for private profit.

THE PROOF:

THE SOLUTION
Immediately implement a 6-month moratorium on all small cell WTFs in Greenwich for the purpose of developing a responsible Communications Ordinance
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For example – Place fuses, filters, and fiber-optic sharing boxes on public utility poles with WTFs. This can serve to protect health and safety by ensuring that the effective radiated power (wattage) does not exceed municipality limits, else fees can be charged.  The Town of Greenwich could thus bring in far more money.  Filters can reduce or eliminate from the wiring the transients or “dirty electricity” induced by WTFs in municipality electrical lines.  “Need” for service could be required to be proven.  Accordance with recent federal precedents and Supreme Court decisions would go a long way toward protecting property values and more. And fiber-optic sharing boxes can allow the public to make direct use of that optimal service rather than having it transformed into the poor engineering of wireless transmission. 

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