URGENT: Act Now to Give the Public a Voice in Licensing of Wireless Facilities on Poles

The County recently released a draft Pole Attachment License Agreement (PLA) that would provide authorization for companies to attach wireless facilities on or in existing or replacement County-owned streetlight poles. Because a licensee can request authorization to attach to any streetlight pole, the PLA poses significant impacts for residents and County at-large. The PLA was released on the Transmission Facilities Coordination Group (TFCG) web page with little or no public notice and only three weeks […]

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Takoma Park City Council Sends Letter Opposing the Passage of ZTA 19-07

The City Council has sent a letter to the Montgomery County Council opposing the passage of Zoning Text Amendment 19-07 (Telecommunications Towers – Limited Use) as currently drafted. “The City of Takoma Park wants every resident of Montgomery County to have equitable access to affordable broadband internet. However, everyone should have a voice in the planning process. This ZTA, as currently drafted, would cut municipalities and residents out of the planning and siting process for […]

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MCPS Students’ Personal Data Is Used for Race-based Profiling & Profits

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students, 5 years ago, local parents discovered something fishy about Naviance, the online college and career readiness platform MCPS kids use starting in 6th grade: Naviance profiles kids using their personal information (yours, too) and sells it. We brought this to the attention of MCPS. Repeatedly. Meeting after meeting, nothing happened. Now the nation knows, thanks to a 1/22/22 investigative report in The Markup. Schools in Europe, where privacy laws are much stricter, replaced […]

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For Immediate Release. Statement by Rick Meyer, Executive Director, Montgomery County Coalition for the Control of Cell Towers (MC4T) –Whoops, PHED Committee Chair Goofs Again; ZTA 19-07 Needs Big Band-Aid

For Immediate Release Statement by: Rick Meyer, Executive Director,Montgomery County Coalition for the Control of Cell Towers (MC4T) Whoops, PHED Committee Chair Goofs Again; ZTA 19-07 Needs Big Band-Aid Councilmember Hans Reimer is fully admitting that he and the wireless industry lobbyists, who last year essentially spoon-fed the Montgomery County Council zoning language for ZTA 19-07, made a Titanic-sized mistake. A mistake so big it requires a “Mulligan ZTA” to repair a giant hole. Today, […]

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Jan. 18th, 2022 Testimony for Montgomery County Council Hearings on Resolutions to Implement Rules and Fees Related to ZTA 19-07

Jan. 18th , 2022 Testimony for Montgomery County Council Hearings on Resolutions to Implement Rules and Fees Related to ZTA 19-07 Colleen Cordes, Takoma Park. Please reject both proposals to implement ZTA 19-07. Instead, immediately rescind ZTA 19-07. Don’t implement it while the FCC is in the midst of responding to its new court mandate to come up with a well-reasoned explanation for whatever exposure limits for wireless radiation it endorses. This should require the […]

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Wireless Safety Standards Should Protect People and Wildlife – Take Action – Join EHT’s Campaign

U.S. safety limits for wireless radiation have not been reviewed for over 25 years. In August, a landmark federal court ruled that the FCC did not adequately review all the evidence when the FCC refused to update its 1996 wireless radiation exposure limits. The court ruling states the FCC did not respond to research indicating numerous harmful effects from long term exposures, especially for children. Furthermore the FCC was found to have “completely failed” to […]

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TESTIMONY OF ANGELA SIEFER Executive Director NATIONAL DIGITAL INCLUSION ALLIANCE Before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Committee on Energy and Commerce

Read Angela Siefer’s full testimony: Before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Committee on Energy and Commerce On “Empowering and Connecting Communities Through Digital Equity and Internet Adoption” Washington DC January 29, 2020

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An Unsupported Rationale: The So-Called Legal Case for Montgomery County’s ZTA 19-07 Falls Apart

July 12, 2021 Peter L. Kahn, J.D., Ph.D. Montgomery County Resident Summary The County Council appears poised to adopt ZTA 19-07 in part because some members believe that doing so is legally required. That is simply not the case. Give the Community a Voice: Support A Stakeholder Advisory Group. E-MAIL THE COUNTY COUNCIL TODAY IN LESS THAN A MINUTE! One basis for believing this is the FCC’s Small Cell Orders of 2018, which proposes a […]

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U.S. National Toxicology Program Fact Sheet
Summarizes Results of Its 10 Years of Studying Radio-Frequency Radiation

Highlighting has been added to mark some key points in the document, especially about RF radiation in general and about 5G specifically. The document was last updated by the U. S. National Toxicology Program — a major federal, inter-agency program housed in the world-renowned U.S. National Institutes of Health — in August 2020. Especially worth noting about this 10-year, $30-million set of federal studies is this point: “. . . the studies question the long-held […]

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Breaking News & Action Alert: County Executive Calls For Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Working Group For Cell Towers Siting in Residential Areas

“My staff and I have talked with many residents and industry representatives, and we have found them to be knowledgeable and willing to help improve the process. I would like to propose that we convene a working group comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders, including industry, residents, municipalities and homeowner/tenant associations and/or non-profit organizations. Staff support would be provided by Executive and Council staff. The group would have a limited time – perhaps 75 […]

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