Westview News prints article on 5G poles proposed for NYC

Here is an important educational piece by Camilla Rees, founder of Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications. This is just published in a downtown Manhattan newspaper called Westview News. The article addresses plans to install 4,000 “monopoles” with 5G antennas in NY City. We need to generate widespread awareness and galvanize a groundswell of opposition. The article makes it clear why this is so. Please forward this far and wide. Also, at the bottom of the page you can add a comment. Ideally, expressing appreciation of this coverage and a point or two about why this is a bad idea will be helpful. 

Bear in mind, there are already at least 11,600 pole-mounted and street light-mounted antennas throughout the 5 boroughs. Plus there are probably more than double this amount of rooftop mounted antennas which are blasting body-piercing levels of microwave radiation that have already sickened residents, causing sleep disorders, headaches, fatigue, cardiovascular problems, neurological problems, and possibly cancers. We have many personal stories that are heart-wrenching. 

We have to ask, is the densified positioning of wireless antennas to enable surveillance on steroids, ending whatever few privacy rights we have left and completing the “total information awareness” plan begun after 9/11? The planning for driverless vehicles is rooted in 5G frequencies. needed for wireless communications for navigation. What happens if the signals get hacked or the power fails?

With effective strategy, utilizing recent court victories and local rulings, and mobilizing as constituents calling for responsible telecommunications policies, we can win this battle IF we make our position known and demand accountability. 

See this important article at https://westviewnews.org/2021/12/04/4000-giant-sized-5g-antennas-proposed-for-nyc-opposition-grows/web-admin/.

Please spread the word!


Victory in Ithaca – Dec. 2021

The City of Ithaca has officially established updates to the wireless codes. It will greatly limit redundant cell antennas in the city, which is a big win for health of city residents as well as its environment.

Restrictive new code provisions for the City of Ithaca

  • A 1500 foot setback between antennas (old code: 0 feet)
  • A 250 foot setback between antennas and homes/schools (old code: 8 feet)
    (Note: Although a 1500 foot setback would be better, since schools are in dense residential areas, this provision will achieve a similar result.)
  • Requiring proof of a significant gap in service coverage for any antenna, proven by ‘in-kind’ testing (such as drive-by tests and dropped calls)
  • Clarifying that an applicant’s claim that it needs the proposed tower for “future capacity” or to “improve coverage” is not sufficient to establish that it suffers from a significant gap in coverage
  • Requiring the least intrusive methods to fill any coverage gap for antennas
  • Requiring that a visual impact analysis be submitted for any new proposed antennas
  • Requiring General Liability Insurance without a pollution exclusion
  • Allowing for random, unannounced radiation testing for all towers done by the City at the expense of the applicant
  • Including fall-zone requirements that wireless facilities are maintained at a sufficient distance from other structures and the general public
  • Allowing for revocability (a clause allowing the voiding of any contract requiring its modification in the event of a regulatory change)
  • Mandating certified mail notices of any proposed tower be sent to people living near a proposed site before approval, paid for by the applicant.
  • Establishing a procedure for any disabled persons suffering from EHS to submit requests/grievances in accordance with the ADA
  • Establishing that the codes apply to all wireless transmitting antennas, including any on private homes (aimed at the OTARD challenge)
  • Deputizing any citizen to test for RF emissions
  • Protecting against reductions in property values of properties situated near wireless facilities
  • Requiring that everything submitted by the applicant is done so under oath and penalty of perjury