Harsh noise and variations in equipment and differing standards make for difficult communications over the power grid.

The  architects of the smart grid have been unable to fix the noise pollution caused by the powerline communication for the smart grid network.  The noise is constant, 24 hours a day in our air, homes, schools, workplaces.  We are trapped like wild animals in a prison of “illegal pure tones”; unable to control or escape our own private spaces.  There is no peace of mind because in order to mask to some degree the assault of these RF frequencies it must be attenuated by music, tv, fans and the like to lessen the nervous tension, nausea of the exposure of this public health hazard.  The issue is no secret to engineers who are educated in this field and or who can read the hundreds of published papers exposing the noise pollution this technology produces on the power lines.  Greedy vultures are profiting from our suffering and could care less how the smart grid network is harming innocent citizens….Sandaura

Thank you Mike Holt for your voice of reason.

Achieve Smart Grid Connectivity Through Power-Line Communications

Power-line-communication (PLC) semiconductor devices can transform the electricity grid into the Smart Grid by turning it into a communications network. Such a network connects utilities to their customers, making homes energy-aware (“smart homes”) and able to react to conditions on the grid. This includes connecting smart meters, Smart Grid monitors, and street lighting.

Due to harsh noise, changing conditions, and variations in equipment and standards, communications over the power grid become difficult. Reliable operation in this challenging environment, as well as successful interoperation with previously installed equipment, requires new PLC approaches.

Defining PLC

Also known as power-line carrier, power-line communications encompasses systems that use electric power lines to carry information. All PLC systems operate by impressing a modulated carrier signal on the wiring system.

Different types of PLC use different frequency bands, depending on the signal-transmission characteristics of the power wiring. Since the power-wiring system’s original intent is to transmit ac (or dc) power, the power-wire circuits are limited in terms of propagating higher frequencies on the wiring system.

Data rates over a PLC system vary widely. Higher data rates generally imply shorter ranges. A local-area network (LAN) operating at megabits per second may only cover several meters.

Narrowband PLC (NB PLC) is a generic term for power-line communications transmission below 500 kHz. Specifically, Europe’s CENELEC has authorized frequencies of 148.5 kHz and less for broadly deployable PLC systems.

Within this range, high-voltage transmission lines may carry data to distances ranging from hundreds of meters to a few kilometers. The resulting data rates are modest, ranging from 1 kbit/s to 200 kbits/s. These rates are appropriate for telemetry, data gathering, and control applications.

Narrowband PLC Apps

NB PLC can be applied anywhere there’s a need to communicate to and from equipment connected to the power line. It has become more popular than ever today, due to vigorous energy-conservation efforts that create new investments in power distribution and management. This phenomenon is generally known as the Smart Grid.

NB PLC isn’t new. But only with the recent advances in technology, increasing needs in machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity, and the awareness for better resource management has it finally gained momentum.

Today, NB PLC is most often used to connect consumers to utilities for automatic meter reading (AMR) and load control. Many utilities have long preferred these systems because they allow data to move over an infrastructure that they control. Other rapidly emerging applications include street light control (SLC) and smart appliances.

NB PLC also is starting to find its way into a number of other applications with electrically connected devices that require monitoring and control. Examples include vending machines, solar panels, and electrical vehicle charging, among other potential applications:

  • The Smart Grid: The Smart Grid would employ the power-line advanced meter infrastructure/automated meter reading (AMI/AMR) method. Electronic data is transmitted over power lines back to the substation, then relayed to a central computer in the utility’s main office. This would be considered a type of fixed network system—the distribution network built and maintained by the utility to deliver electric power. Such systems are primarily used for electric meter reading. Some providers have interfaced gas and water meters to feed into a PLC-type system. The power-line AMI/AMR system remotely reads customer meters in real time and then transfers the data into the billing system. AMI/AMR reduces the need for meter readers to manually gather utility meter readings each month.
  • Smart light control: Street lights are among a city’s most important assets, providing safe roads, inviting public areas, and enhanced security in homes, businesses, and city centers. Streetlights are usually very costly to operate, though, and they consume a lot of energy (almost 40% of a city’s electricity spending). Connecting streetlights with PLC reduces the number of onsite operations and lowers electricity consumption while increasing overall light efficiency and average lamp lifetime.
  • Smart homes and appliances: Home automation may include centralized control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), appliances, and other systems to provide improved convenience, comfort, energy efficiency, and security. Since the goal of a home-automation system is to connect all of a home’s electrical devices with each other, PLC becomes the ideal approach.
  • Solar energy: Photovoltaic panels (solar panels) must be carefully managed to deliver optimal performance. This involves communications to enable remote control and real-time monitoring. Remote control is used to control the degree of tilt to maximize sun exposure as well as control individual panels or an entire field. Real-time monitoring facilitates maintenance monitoring, detection of silicon-degradation/cell-replacement needs, weather conditions, theft detection, and power output and efficiency.
  • Vehicle to grid: Following on the heels of Smart Grid deployments, rising fuel costs, and more cost-effective electric vehicles will be a greater demand for electric-vehicle charging stations. This vehicle-to-grid (V2G) infrastructure deployment requires communications between charging stations and billing and management systems. PLC offers an ideal solution because it utilizes installed power lines, provides strong security, and enables large number scalability.

Smart Grid Network Characterization

Many variables contribute to the communication characteristics of a Smart Grid network. Perhaps the two most critical are the network topology and the loads connected to the network. This variability means that no two power-line networks have identical transmission properties.

Enhanced data-transfer reliability though the power-grid communications channel requires an advanced communications scheme to cope with the noise. Such a scheme also contends with the many frequencies that are temporarily or permanently blocked to communication.

To adapt to noise variability, PLC devices must be able to estimate in-band noise level and received signal strength for each carrier frequency. Then, they must adapt communications frequencies and modulation to ensure the best possible data transmission. By measuring the in-band noise level and received signal strength on each frequency, the best frequencies can be chosen for the communication.

PLC Techniques

Low-voltage (LV) and medium-voltage (MV) networks primarily employ one of three narrowband communication techniques:

  • Single-carrier modulations, such as binary phase-shift keying (BPSK) and frequency-shift keying (FSK)
  • Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)
  • Direct-sequence spread spectrum (DSSS), together with code division multiple access (CDMA)

The most widely deployed narrowband PLC solutions use relatively simple, but extremely cost-effective, FSK and BPSK modulation techniques. These techniques form the basis of several interoperable standards, notably Lon and DLMS.

Lon is standardized under the ANSI/EIA framework as EIA-709.1 and EIA-702.2 for the media access control (MAC) and physical layers, respectively. DLMS is standardized under the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) framework in the IEC 62056 and IEC 61334 standards.

To ensure operation in noisy environments, FSK and BPSK devices must measure the in-band noise level and received signal strength on each frequency. Then the software chooses the best frequencies for communication.

The Semitech SM6401 PLC transceiver, for example, estimates in-band noise level and received signal strength for each carrier frequency. Subsequently, the software chooses the optimal frequencies for data transmission.

The strides made in communication technology have led to the development and deployment of more advanced modulation techniques. For instance, OFDM has proven particularly effective because it can adjust to the noise environment, resulting in a more robust, more capable communication network over the CENELEC bands of operation. It has paved the way to new standard efforts, such as the PRIME Alliance and G3-PLC.

The SM2200 developed by Semitech represents one of the advanced OFDM solutions specifically developed to support applications on the LV (< 100 V) and MV (1 kV to 33 kV) power-distribution networks (Fig. 1). Operating at data rates reaching 175 kbits/s, the SM2200 utilizes 54 carrier groups into 18 independent channels.

OFDM, OFDMA Boosts Smart-Grid Communications

OFDM transmits large amounts of digital data over a noisy channel, such as the power grid. It splits the signal into multiple smaller sub-signals, which are transmitted simultaneously at different (orthogonal) frequencies. Each smaller data stream is then mapped to an individual data sub-carrier and modulated using some form of phase-shift keying (PSK) or quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), such as BPSK or quadrature phase-shift keying (QPSK).

In addition to its high spectral efficiency, an OFDM system reduces the amount of crosstalk in signal transmissions. Furthermore, it can efficiently overcome interference and frequency-selective fading caused by multipath.

While OFDM addresses communications in noisy Smart Grid environments, it still falls short when trying to achieve reliable communications in these very harsh conditions. Thus, to boost reliability, the OFDM method can be combined with a multiple access scheme to create orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA).

As seen with the SM2200, multiple access is achieved in OFDMA by assigning subsets of subcarriers to individual data streams (Fig. 2). This allows simultaneous transmission of several individual data streams.

OFDMA further improves OFDM robustness to fading and interference. More importantly, though, the individual data streams can be used either to communicate with multiple nodes (power meters) simultaneously or for redundancy, significantly enhancing system reliability.

Conclusion

Harsh noise and variations in equipment and differing standards make for difficult communications over the power grid. Reliable communications boosts throughput by increasing the bandwidth and reducing data-packet retries. This is particularly important for Smart Grid implementations, because concentrators can communicate with a larger number of meters. Such throughput enables multiple daily readings, which leads to better control over the grid.

Traditional PLC techniques like BPSK and FSK are insufficient in these noisy environments. That has created lots of interest in OFDM-based modems, as they greatly improve communications bandwidth and reliability. The addition of multiple access channels, otherwise known as OFDMA, can create more frequency flexibility by assigning subsets of subcarriers to individual data streams.

Quebec woman records conversation with utility about smart meter questions

Published on Sep 17, 2014

Having talked to another Hydro Quebec person before..I was told that the meters were exactly the same..and was lead to believe that the digital meter that WOULD be installed..would only need to be “turned on” to become a smart meter..so I wanted to make DAMN SURE that the digital meter I was getting was SAFE…This conversation would have been a lot shorter..if the NUMBSKULL who I talked to the FIRST time would have explained the DIFFERENCE in the two meters..and not told me they were EXACTLY the same! So MANY people in Ontario ( the next province over) that have had the smart meters for several years..are being double billed…and Tripled billed…This is AFTER they were assured they were not getting the smart meter..but the digital one…only to find out after the fact..they were given a smart meter instead and are now fighting to have them removed…I would prefer not to have to fight the fight AFTER the fact..by getting the answers to my satisfaction First

URGENT CITIZENS AT RISK-You are not living 2 football fields away with a smart meter on your home!!

(comment from Sandaura-“Smart meters are mobile base stations, note victims experiencing same negative symptoms as soon as the smart meter is attached to their homes”). 300 m is approximately 2 football fields!!!!  The meters are directly on top of us!!!!

Electromagn Biol Med. 2014 Sep;33(3):206-10. doi: 10.3109/15368378.2013.801352. Epub 2013 Jun 19.

Health effects of living near mobile phone base transceiver station (BTS) antennae: a report from Isfahan, Iran.

Author information

  • 1Department of Medical Physics and Medical Engineering, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences , Isfahan , Iran.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In recent years, by tremendous use of mobile phone telecommunication, a growing concern about the possible health hazards has increased greatly among public and scientists. The mobile phone exposure has been shown to have many effects upon the immune functions, stimulating hormones, mammalian brain, sperm motility and morphology, and neurological pathologies syndrome. The aim of this study was to find out the psychological and psychobiological reactions of the people who are living near mobile phone base transceiver stations (BTS) antenna, in Isfahan, Iran.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A cross-sectional study on 250 randomly selected inhabitants (133 women and 117 men) was performed in October 2012 till November 2012. The inhabitants were requested to complete a standardized questionnaire that focused on the relevant psychological and psychobiological reactions parameters. A computer program (SPSS version16.0, Chicago, IL) was used for statistical analysis using the Chi-square test with Yates correction. All the data were tested using a criterion level of p = 0.05.

RESULTS:

The results showed that most of the symptoms such as nausea, headache, dizziness, irritability, discomfort, nervousness, depression, sleep disturbance, memory loss and lowering of libido were statistically significant in the inhabitants living near the BTS antenna (<300 m distances) compared to those living far from the BTS antenna (>300 m).

CONCLUSION:

It is suggested that cellular phone BTS antenna should not be sited closer than 300 m to populations to minimize exposure of neighbors.

Deadline approaching to refuse Hydro Quebec’s smart meters

Deadline approaching to refuse Hydro Quebec’s smart meters

CTV Montreal
Published Monday, December 29, 2014 6:07PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 30, 2014 8:29AM EST

It’s a controversial device that some believe are dangerous for their health, but Hydro Quebec’s smart meters are already installed in 2.5 million homes.

The utility says they are perfectly safe and it is determined to install them in the remaining 1.7 million households that don’t already have them.

The meters allow Hydro to take clients’ usage numbers straight from the machine, eliminating the need for an employee to make the trip to your home to read the meter.

For those who are determined not to have these meters, Hydro says they can be replaced by non-communicative meters, which are new but do not transmit the information remotely, at a cost of $15, if you act relatively quickly.

Customers who received a letter prior to Oct. 3 informing them of the installation of their smart meter have until Jan. 5 to inform Hydro of their intention to get a non-communicative meter, which will be installed for $15.

After next Monday, the regular rate of $85 kicks in.

For those who have a letter dated after Oct. 3, they have 30 days after the date on their letter to get the $15 rate. After that, the installation of the non-communicative meter will cost $85.

In all cases, there would also be a $5 monthly charge, effectively, a penalty, to read the meters in person.

Hydro says only 0.5 per cent of its clients who have the new meters have objected.

For more information on having a non-communicative meter installed, visit Hydro’s website.

http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/deadline-approaching-to-refuse-hydro-quebec-s-smart-meters-1.2165583

Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/deadline-approaching-to-refuse-hydro-quebec-s-smart-meters-1.2165583#ixzz3NOsDNavO

Router installed without the consent of citizens of Asbestos: Hydro-Québec backtracked

Router installed without the consent of citizens of Asbestos: Hydro-Québec backtracked

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Un routeur d'Hydro-QuébecA router of Hydro-Québec

Three months after the installation of a router on its ground and without his permission, a couple of Asbestos was finally successful. Hydro-Québec has withdrawn the unit last week.

It is a victory for Ginette Julien-Gagné and Michel Gagné, who have deployed a lot of energy to demonstrate that the Crown Corporation had been wrong to install this router on their property.

«Our analyses demonstrate that the post on which is installed the router is located on your property and is not affected by an easement for Hydro-Québec.» -Extract of the letter sent by Hydro-Québec to Ginette Julien-won

Ginette Julien-Gagné is relieved that Hydro-Québec withdraws the router. “I was very happy. I was so anxious that they remove it. They have installed it on 17 September”, she said.

The resident of Asbestos says she experienced health problems shortly after the installation of the device which allows to receive and retransmit the data from smart meters in the vicinity. Tightness in throat, headaches, insomnia, ringing in the ears are among the symptoms that she says feel.

The battle to remove the router has been difficult. “I have sent many opinions of letters. On has balanced me one attendant to another”, says Ms. Julien-won. She had, among other things, prove that Hydro-Québec had no easement on his land. “I had to go to the land registry, I contacted the notary. It is sure that it involves a lot of steps. »

Initially, the Crown corporation argued that the router was set on its own equipment located within a public right-of-way. This is untrue, according to a notary who did the check and a written confirmation has been sent to Hydro-Québec.

Expensive approaches

These approaches have cost him several hundred dollars and have taken a lot of time. I find that they did not have the right to come here, and install it without our permission. I don’t have to live it, because it’s an ideal location. For me, it’s a serene living environment and I want to keep it like that”, she defends.

Hydro-Québec recognizes that the installation of the router at this location was a mistake, but argues that it is a case of exception. “We received some complaints. We talk about less than a dozen to mean us that a router could not be placed in the right place. In other cases that concern us, Hydro-Québec will not move the router or other telecommunications equipment, because we were quite legitimate to install equipment”, supports Hydro-Québec spokesman Patrice Lavoie.

In 2018, Hydro-Québec will be installed near 15,000 routers in Quebec. The Crown Corporation says that the radiofrequency with its facilities have no effect on health. “Talking about standards of power, emissions that are from 120 000 to 150 000 times below the limits established by Health Canada”, said Mr. Lavoie.

Since the withdrawal of the router, Ginette Julien-won says that his symptoms have disappeared, with the exception of tinnitus. She and her husband believe that citizens should be vigilant.

The couple plans to send a formal notice to Hydro-Québec shortly to be compensated.

The battle to remove the router has been difficult. “I have sent many opinions of letters. On has balanced me one attendant to another”, says Ms. Julien-won. She had, among other things, prove that Hydro-Québec had no easement on his land. “I had to go to the land registry, I contacted the notary. It is sure that it involves a lot of steps. »

Initially, the Crown corporation argued that the router was set on its own equipment located within a public right-of-way. This is untrue, according to a notary who did the check and a written confirmation has been sent to Hydro-Québec.

Expensive approaches

These approaches have cost him several hundred dollars and have taken a lot of time. I find that they did not have the right to come here, and install it without our permission. I don’t have to live it, because it’s an ideal location. For me, it’s a serene living environment and I want to keep it like that”, she defends.

Hydro-Québec recognizes that the installation of the router at this location was a mistake, but argues that it is a case of exception. “We received some complaints. We talk about less than a dozen to mean us that a router could not be placed in the right place. In other cases that concern us, Hydro-Québec will not move the router or other telecommunications equipment, because we were quite legitimate to install equipment”, supports Hydro-Québec spokesman Patrice Lavoie.

In 2018, Hydro-Québec will be installed near 15,000 routers in Quebec. The Crown Corporation says that the radiofrequency with its facilities have no effect on health. “Talking about standards of power, emissions that are from 120 000 to 150 000 times below the limits established by Health Canada”, said Mr. Lavoie.

Since the withdrawal of the router, Ginette Julien-won says that his symptoms have disappeared, with the exception of tinnitus. She and her husband believe that citizens should be vigilant.

The couple plans to send a formal notice to Hydro-Québec shortly to be compensated.

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British Columbia-Smart Meters Are Not So Smart

Penticton Herald

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 3:07 pm

In response to Ian Dyck’s recent letters supporting FortisBC’s smart meter installations (AMI), Okanagan people need to know that what you can’t see will hurt you.

Eminent, independent, non-industry-funded scientists with expertise in the area of electromagnetic radiation have warned us now for many years that:

a) long-term, low-level, pulsed, non-thermal radio/microwave frequency radiation is harmful to humans and all living things;

b) power line (60 Hz) electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation given off by household wiring, electrical appliances, high voltage power transmission and distribution lines, etc. is equally harmful to humans and all

living things.

Deployment of smart meters and their

imposition on an unsuspecting population will eventually cause a crisis in human health unseen before in human history.

It wasn’t the firestorm that killed the

victims of Dresden, it was the lack of oxygen. It wasn’t the mushroom cloud that killed the victims of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombing, it was radiation exposure.

Oxygen and ionizing radiation are invisible, proving that what you can’t see can kill. Oxygen and radiation are invisible, as is non-ionizing radiation at the lower end of the spectrum, i.e. microwaves emitted from cellphones, any wireless gadget, including smart meters.

We’re facing what Dr. Devra Davis, distinguished epidemiologist, author of Disconnect and founder of the Environmental Health Trust in the United States, calls “the slow roll-out of an epidemic.”

Around the world, people are already suffering. They are going to their doctors with symptoms consistent with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), yet doctors are untrained in the biological effects of electromagnetic radiation and treat patients according to their symptoms.

This violates the first rule of medicine, which is to remove the patient from the cause of their disease.

Scientific evidence is being swept under the carpet. Confusion over scientific results is being created by people like Dr. William Bailey, of Exponent, a product defence

consultant for FortisBC in last year’s smart meter hearing before the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC).

The BCUC and government officials such as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall are turning a blind eye to the unfolding carnage. FortisBC Smart Meter Project Director Ian Dyck is a businessman.

His sole purpose is to increase corporate profit. BC Hydro is a Crown Corporation. As a government body, BC Hydro is breaking the social contract that binds our society for the benefit of everyone.

A broken contract means that both partners will suffer. Those responsible for implementing wireless technology — especially smart meters — will not escape.

I have decided not to have any smart

meter installed on my house. This after also having read the concise and precise power point presentation by Jerry Flynn, a retired Canadian military officer who spent more than 22 years in Electronic Warfare: bcuc.com/Documents/Proceedings/2013/DOC_33282_C6-10_Flynn_Submitting-Comments-ppt-presentation.pdf.

To my knowledge, this presentation so

far has not been refuted nor rebutted by

authorities.

Dr. Kendall and Dr. Bailey refuse to meet Jerry Flynn in an open discussion about the controversial smart meter issue.

Your readers are also referred for more independent to citizensforsafetechnology.org, stopsmartmetersbc.com.

Remember: “A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth.”

(Albert Einstein)

Hans Karow,

Coalition to Reduce Electropollution,

Summerland

http://www.pentictonherald.ca/opinion/article_f639ffd6-8d53-11e4-b154-ebce14129c4b.html

California Pubic Utility Commission Tries To Shutdown Speakers Against “Smart Meters At CPUC Meeting

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CPUC President Peevey Tries To Shutdown Speakers Against “Smart Meters At CPUC Meeting
by Labor Video Project
Tuesday Dec 23rd, 2014 1:34 PM

The California Public Utility Commission president MIchael Peevey who has a long history of corruption and conflicts of interests with the utilities and telecom tried to shutdown people who have been harmed with “smart meters”.

CPUC President Peevey Tries To Shutdown Speakers Against “Smart Meters At His Last CPUC Meeting
At the December 18, 2014 meeting of the California Public Utility Commission, the president of the
CPUC Michael Peevey tried to shutdown the speakers who were giving testimony about the affects
of “Smart Meters” and the health and safety dangers to workers and the public. This was his
last day of president of the Commission and has been forced out by charges of conflicts of
interest and corruption.
Testimony was given about the serious health and safety issues faced by the public as a result of
the installation of “smart meters”.
Full recording
Part 1: http://streaming.aanet.org/cpuc/CPUC_OM121814-1.mp4
Part 2: http://streaming.aanet.org/cpuc/CPUC_OM121814-2.mp4The CPUC , Peevey, Conflicts of Interest, Crime And Protection Of Whistleblowers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5dlxQWaiIM&feature=youtu.be
California Senator Jerry Hill spoke at the California Public Utility Commission meeting on December 18, 2014 which was the last meeting by retiring president Michael Peevey.
Hill called for criminal prosecution of Peevey by California attorney general Kamala Harris and the overhaul of the central regulatory agency for the protection of the public and consumers in California. He discusses the systemic corruption and conflicts of interest by Peevey with the utilities he is supposed to regulate. He also discusses the control of the private utilities of the regulators in California and how this is a threat to the people of California.
Full hearing recording:
Full recording
Part 1: http://streaming.aanet.org/cpuc/CPUC_OM121814-1.mp4
Part 2: http://streaming.aanet.org/cpuc/CPUC_OM121814-2.mp4
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§People Stood Up At Hearing

by Labor Video Project Tuesday Dec 23rd, 2014 1:34 PM
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Injured people from “Smart Meters” stood up at the hearing to protest the injuries.

§Wireless Kills

by Labor Video Project Tuesday Dec 23rd, 2014 1:34 PM
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Smart Meters and wireless is killing people

§Michael Peevey Corruption

by Labor Video Project Tuesday Dec 23rd, 2014 1:34 PM
Michael Peevey has had private meetings with utility bosses to cut deals and get money into his personal foundation. Governor Brown says he is doing a good job.

     

ARIZONA-Not all smart-meter foes wear tinfoil hats

‘Republic’ underestimates smart-meter threat

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Re: “Tinfoil hats win one at your expense,” Dec. 21 editorial.

Not all smart-meter foes wear tinfoil hats

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Your paper did a disservice to its readers by attempting to paint people opposed to smart meters as being the equivalent of a woman wearing a tin foil hat. (“Tinfoil hats win one at your expense,” (Letter below  from editorial, Sunday.) That would be similar to my stating that people who are racist, homophobic, hateful, bible-thumping and lacking intelligence is the equivalent of all members of the Republican/”tea party.”

Where your paper truly failed in journalism, however, is by not questioning the APS claim that the cost of reading a single customer’s meter was $20 a month. If we assume a meter reader can read approximately 30 meters per hour, that would be a $600 per hour cost. Please tell me where I can apply for that job.

Doug Miller, Phoenix

Smart meters represent what many renowned scientists believe to be a huge threat of mass increases in cancer to the public. The reality is that these symptoms and diagnosis may take years of intense study, if any are funded, to pinpoint the true dangers as to how these radio frequencies constantly “bombarding” people, and especially children, manifest themselves.

LETTER: Not all smart-meter foes wear tinfoil hats

People of good character, in the thousands, have already suffered severe headaches, nosebleeds and other problems within days of the installation of these devices.

The Republic‘s editorial was grossly ignorant, repugnant and insultingly dismissive of a problem that may see the specter of hundreds of thousands of children, gaunt and dying, and in chemotherapy. By then the flippant responses will be the PR attempts to lay the blame on other factors.

This is still America, and no person should be forced to pay extortion to feel safe for himself or herself and their family. The ruling on the fee should have had the simple requirement that anyone who does not want the smart meter installed should be exempt from any cost whatsoever.

In addition to apologizing for its blatant stupidity in dismissing and smirking at the very possible dangers of these meters, one would think a newspaper constantly pushing its patriotism would have someone on staff with an ounce of intelligence to question if terrorist nations could find a better way to cripple our nation’s health than by such a product placed in our own homes, forced on us by fellow Americans and morally bankrupt corporation commissioners.

H. Bob Shaw, Dewey

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/letters/2014/12/25/smart-meter-threat/20836097/

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