CA-SB 649 would steamroll local government’s ability to regulate the placement of 5G wireless infrastructure in YOUR neighborhood.


SB 649 would steamroll local government’s ability to regulate the placement of 5G wireless infrastructure in YOUR neighborhood.

The following is from Nina Beety- CA Activist- urging immediate action for those in California (warning– similar bills moving ahead in other states as well):

Tomorrow (April 4th) is the SB 649 hearing in Sacramento. Below are contact phone numbers for Senators on the committee and more information.

CALL THEM TODAY. You can find your state legislator online here.

Also include disability and discrimination against the disabled. If you experience disabling health problems from wireless radiation, tell them.

In Palo Alto, where these are being installed, equipment cabinets for each utility pole cell tower are the size of a post office mail bin.

CA SB.649 – Wireless telecommunications facilities Bill is the next step in this Wireless onslaught. The Rules committee approved the bill and assigned it to the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee and Senate Governance and Finance Committee for review. The Bill will then go to the Senate for a vote and through a similar process in the CA Assembly. We can get more organized for the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, but we would like to get as many as we can to show up on Tue April 4 at at 9:00 A.M. in CA Capitol Room 3191. Please send this to as many as you can.

Bill Sponsors
Principal Author: Senator Ben Hueso (Chair), District 40, Chula Vista, CA,     916-651-4040
Principal Co-Author: Assembly Member Bill Quirk, District 20, Hayward, CA 916-319-2020
Co-Author: Senator Bill Dodd, Senate District 3, Santa Rosa, CA, 916-651-4003

Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Members:

4035: Senator Ben Hueso (Chair), District 40, 916-651-4040
3056: Senator Mike Morrell (Vice Chair), District 23, Rancho Cucamonga, 916-651-4023
4085: Senator Steven Bradford, District 35, Inglewood, 916-501-4035
5082: Senator Anthony Cannella, District 12, Merced, 916-651-4012
4038: Senator Robert M. Hertzberg, District 18, Van Nuys, 916-651-4018
5035: Senator Jerry Hill, San Mateo, CA, 916-651-4013
5061: Senator Mike McGuire, District 2, San Rafael 916-651-4002
2059: Senator Nancy Skinner, District 9, Oakland, 916-651-4009
3070: Senator Henry I. Stern, District 27, Calabasas 916-651-4027
3082: Senator Andy Vidak, District 14, Fresno 916-651-4014
4066: Senator Scott D. Wiener, District 11, San Francisco, 916-651-4900

Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Office
State Capitol, Room 4035
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4107
Fax: (916) 642-8979

This is from the last fight — AB 57

Youtube: California Bill AB57 Testimony on Health Effects of Wireless, CA Senate Finance and Governance Committee 2015

Language in AB-57 That Threatens Public Health and Safety

“A collocation or siting application for a wireless telecommunications facility is deemed approved if the city or county fails to approve or disapprove the application . . . The Legislature finds and declares that a wireless telecommunications facility has a significant economic impact in California and is not a municipal affair as that term is used in Section 5 of Article XI of the California Constitution, but is a matter of statewide concern.”

AB-57 ties local government’s hands behind their backs and remove their capacity to provide due process. AB-57 is an unnecessary government gift to billion-dollar wireless companies, at the public’s expense: damaging the public’s health, safety and wallets.

AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Today the Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the selection of AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders.  This record-breaking public-private partnership is a significant investment in the communications infrastructure that public safety desperately needs for day-to-day operations, disaster response and recovery, and securing of large events. It will also make 20 MHz of prime broadband spectrum available for private-sector development.

“Today is a landmark day for public safety across the Nation and shows the incredible progress we can make through public-private partnerships,” said U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “FirstNet is a critical infrastructure project that will give our first responders the communications tools they need to keep America safe and secure.  This public-private partnership will also spur innovation and create over ten thousand new jobs in this cutting-edge sector.”

The broad terms of this 25-year agreement between FirstNet and AT&T are:

  • FirstNet will provide 20 MHz of high-value, telecommunications spectrum and success-based payments of $6.5 billion over the next five years to support the Network buildout – FirstNet’s funding was raised from previous FCC spectrum auctions;
  • AT&T will spend about $40 billion over the life of the contract to build, deploy, operate and maintain the network, with a focus on ensuring robust coverage for public safety;
  • Additionally, AT&T will connect FirstNet users to the company’s telecommunications network assets, valued at more than $180 billion.

The ability to communicate seamlessly across jurisdictions is critical for law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS) when securing large events or responding to emergencies and disasters.  In those instances, networks can become overloaded and inaccessible, limiting responders’ use of vital communication technologies, such as smartphones and applications dedicated to public safety services.

That will change with a high-speed network built specifically for the millions of public safety users in all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, including those serving rural communities and tribal lands.  The Network will modernize first responders’ communications and deliver specialized features that are not available to them on wireless networks today.

“This public-private partnership is a major step forward for the public safety community as we begin building the broadband network they fought for and deserve,” said FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson.  “FirstNet and AT&T will deliver high-speed connectivity to help millions of first responders operate faster, safer, and more effectively when lives are on the line.”

This innovative public-private partnership will create more than 10,000 new jobs and ensure public safety has a voice in the growth and evolution of the Network.  In addition, FirstNet and AT&T will maximize the resources they are bringing to the partnership to create a financially self-sustaining network.

Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, said, “We are honored to work with FirstNet to build a network for America’s police, firefighters and EMS that is second to none.  This is an unprecedented public-private investment in infrastructure that makes America a leader and public safety a national priority.”

“This unique partnership brings together FirstNet as the voice of public safety and a global technology team with a proven track record and commitment to public safety,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “Together, FirstNet and AT&T will move with precision and urgency to deliver this much-needed infrastructure to those who need it the most: our first responders.”

FirstNet addresses a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission regarding communications used by police, fire, and emergency medical personnel.  The public safety community advocated for and endorsed passage of legislation for the wireless broadband network.  For more information about how the FirstNet Network will help public safety save lives and protect communities, please visit for resources.

About the FirstNet

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Chartered in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities. Learn more at and follow FirstNet (@FirstNetGov) on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

What happens when every device is smart and you don’t even know it?

Internet of Things security: What happens when every device is smart and you don’t even know it?

When IoT devices are everywhere, the security headaches just get worse.