How We Reversed the Installation of ‘Smart’ Meters in Our City
1 July 2014 at 11:42am | views 1,334
by Walt Dickenson, Fairfield, Iowa
fairfield-iowa-stops-smart-water-metersOur city stopped Neptune smart water meters two years ago, one of the first cities in the country to do so. We did all the normal things (packed city council meetings, emails and phone calls to council members, online blog, large public meetings, online petition, paper petition, cost analysis showing they cost more, etc.). But the two real keys were:
1.Scientifically developing a technically workable alternative system (in our case fiber optic), and
2.Keeping careful track of everything the Muni government did (remarks made, etc.), then ‘respectfully’ making the mayor and council look bad in the print media by use of that information. They care about getting elected and their public image more than city issues. It is vital to understand this.