We are sharing this August 16th article and Action Alert by Montgomery Countryside Alliance (mocoalliance.org)
OF NOTE related to the proliferation of close-proximity small cells from that article, please find this linked PDF: Thrive’s Sweeping Changes (PDF)
“Thrive’s Proposed Policies Would Bring Sweeping Changes to Montgomery County
Thrive’s proposed policies and those in its companion documents including Attainable Housing Strategies, would bring sweeping changes to Montgomery County – to the detriment of a healthy environment and affordable housing for all.
Here’s a partial list of Thrive’s sweeping changes. Thrive would:
“…Accelerate deployment of high-frequency networks in every neighborhood, exposing residents to harmful levels of 5G radiofrequency radiation.
Source: PHED draft of Thrive Montgomery 2050, October 2021, pages 50 – 51. (Thrive 2050 Draft PDF: https://www.
montgomerycountymd.gov/ COUNCIL/Resources/Files/2021/ PHED-CommitteeDraftThrive2050.pdf)”
Also from the PHED draft (PHED-CommitteeDraftThrive2050.pdf):
- p48 — . . . the importance of virtual connections, including the deployment of high-speed wireless networks and fiber optic cable, continues to grow.
- p50 — Support teleworking by accelerating deployment of information and communications technology and making working from home easier by facilitating Complete Communities. (Ec, Env)
- p51 — Another essential building block of economic competitiveness is information and communications technology and telecommunications networks. Montgomery County should continue to prioritize advancing new technologies and making deployment of high-speed wireless networks and fiber optic cable – or other new communication systems – an important part of infrastructure planning.
Besides accelerating the deployment of high-frequency networks in every neighborhood, Thrive, if enacted, would undermine our existing Smart-Growth General Plan—Thwarting our ability to repair racial and social Injustice and equity.
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