it or Not, Wifi is Everywhere
Microcells – coming soon to utility pole
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the September 25-29 Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver,
local governments will be voting on a resolution aimed at giving them a say
in microcell placement in their communities.
Despite a substantial
body of evidence showing wireless technology is harmful to humans and the
environment, Innovation Canada is allowing microcells to be placed on
neighbourhood lampposts and utility poles, and yes – even by our bedrooms -
without our consent or often knowledge.
property value, industry control-for-profit over the public right of way,
cyber-security, safety, health, and well-being – there are many reasons for
local governments and all of us to be concerned about microcells.
MOTION of Grand Forks City Council:
WHEREAS public consultation on the placement of cell towers is mandated; and
WHEREAS new technology
is moving away from these large towers to microtransmitters which do not
require local government or public consultation;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the AKBLG request the UBCM petition relevant
provincial and federal governments to mandate consultation with the land use
authorities and the public regarding microcell transmitter siting within 100
meters of residences, schools and hospitals.
What’s all the Fuss About? (And what’s a microcell?)
Microcells are small cellular transmitters that broadcast wireless radiation
24 -7. Anywhere from 3 to 10 of them are being placed on one residential
street. Wireless radiation is linked to an increased risk of cancer, as well
reproductive and neurological problems – like disturbed sleep. It is
conservatively defined as a 2b carcinogen, which means it is in the same
category as DDT.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind?
Industry is coming up with some sneaky ways of designing – or is that hiding
– small cell transmitters. But that doesn’t mean their effects will not be
The wireless industry would like us to believe the jury's still out on
whether wireless radiation has harmful health impacts. But thousands of
peer-reviewed studies show evidence of harm. Over 180 scientists and
physicians just sent out a plea for a halt to the rollout of 5G transmitters
in Europe. To protect their health, California firefighters won an exemption
from having small cells placed on their fire halls. It seems then, that the
“smart” choice would be to adopt the precautionary principal for all, and
not allow microcells to become permanent fixtures in our communities and our
What’s the Game Plan?
The end game is no landlines and “smart” everything for all of us, and big
bucks through data mining for the telecoms. Don’t be fooled into thinking
these technologies are green. The “Cloud” is a huge energy guzzler, while
tech production and waste is anything but eco-friendly.
There are safe ways of sharing high-speed data, like using wired fiber optic
connections. New paradigms in non-harm inducing connectivity are waiting to
be discovered, but industry must be urged by consumers and regulators to
develop and promote them.
In the News
While concerns about the effects of wireless technologies and the need for
more protective EMF exposure guidelines have made recent headlines in
Brussels, Massachusetts, Paris, France , Romania and more, government and
media here at home remain eerily silent on what may very well be the most
pressing health issue of our time.
This summer, 300 California cities have voiced strong opposition to a
California microcell placement bill, SB 649. This bill would essentially
create the same situation there that we have here – telecoms being given
free rein to use the public right of way for profit, disturbing the sanctity
of our streets, and maybe even preventing us from getting that proverbial
good night’s sleep.
Relevant EMF-Related Resources
• A short fact sheet on microcells from Stop Smart
• A fun, animated short on small cells Spaces
• An article on small cells & local authority from
• An environmental perspective from The
• A great overview of wireless technology and health from
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