California Governor Newsom vetoed SB 556, a telecom-sponsored bill that would have paved the way for the rapid and unchecked deployment of small cell antennas across California.
Montgomery Council members Will Jawando and Sidney Katz voted to protect residents from small cell towers. The rest of the council caved to the telecommunication industry.
Our 12 Fact Sheets refute wireless industry's sales claims. Topics include:
Children, Climate, Environment, Health, Property values and Security
These towers would be:
Part of a Distributed Area System (DAS), meaning they would work together to provide coverage
25-50 feet tall, >8 inch diameter steel poles bearing 300+ pound antennas each
Placed in Right-of-Ways in neighborhoods with no above-ground utilities
Permitted in yards of residential homes
Close as 10 feet from home
Located approximately 100 yards apart throughout neighborhoods
Permitted to be modified (enlarged) once installed
No "small" cell towers (DAS) placed in neighborhoods with underground utilities. What's hard to understand? "All underground utilities" means no above-ground cell towers.
Fiber optic is already in place in many areas. It has no health risks, and the service is documented to be much faster, cheaper, more energy efficient while providing more reliable data integrity and protecting privacy. Wired internet also remains subject to local regulatory control.
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MocoSafeG.org is a group of residents who value safer technology, safer internet access and safer cell phone service for people who people who live, work, shop or visit in Montgomery County, MD. We value wired and fiber technology infrastructure where available. We encourage critical thinking about how 4G and 5G cell antennas, cell poles and cell towers have been and will be placed in environments where human life, animal life and plant life co-exist.
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