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23 March 2018

Mobile-Signal Boosters a Health Threat, Yet FCC Takes Steps to Enhance Their Usefulness and Effectiveness

At its public meeting on 22 March 2018, the Federal Communications Commission took steps to provide increased flexibility in the use of consumer signal boosters and proposed additional actions to further enhance the usefulness and effectiveness of these boosters. Consumer signal boosters are devices that extend and improve wireless service without special engineering or professional installation. The boosters are designed to be used “out of the box” to improve wireless coverage within a limited area such as a home, boat, office, or recreational vehicle. The rules adopted eliminate the current personal use restriction on provider-specific boosters so that businesses, public safety entities, educational institutions, and other enterprise users and their customers can also benefit from the use of boosters. (See FCC press release.)

Here is what the Indian Medical Association says about signal boosters:
"According to Dr Ajay Purung of the Metro Group of hospitals in Noida, the radiation is particularly harmful for pregnant women. “Pregnant women should not spend time near in-house boosters as the radiation can cause abnormalities in the unborn baby.”

Mobile-signal boosters Noida’s new health threat
by Kapil Datta, Hindustan Times, 26 July 2015

FCC Decides to Tweak Rules in Favor of 5G Infrastructure Siting

Voting against the decision, Democratic commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel said that while they are all for facilitating the deployment of 5G services, the order didn't go far enough to protect tribal nations and local governments. 

CTIA, CCA cheer FCC decision to tweak rules in favor of 5G infrastructure siting
by Monica Allevenfiercewireless.com, 22 March 2018

The FCC voted 3-2 to pass new rules designed to facilitate
the deployment of small cells. (Image: FCC)
It didn’t pass on a bipartisan basis as some had hoped, but the wireless industry is buoyed by the FCC’s decision to streamline the siting review process for next-generation wireless facilities.

Importantly, the order, which passed 3-2 along party lines, clarifies the treatment of small cells so they’re not treated the same as macro cells. The order also excludes small wireless facilities deployed on non-Tribal lands from National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, concluding that these facilities are not “undertakings” or “major federal actions.”

Message from the Newly-Created Association "Alerte Phonegate"

Phonegate* : First international actions of the association "Alerte Phonegate"
Press release, 23 March 2018

Our action has now taken form with the creation of an association governed by the law of 1901, called « Alerte Phonegate » and whose notice was published in the Journal officiel des associations et fondations d'entreprises (Official Journal for Associations and Business Foundations) of March 10, 2018.

The purpose of the new organization is to establish, both in France and Europe as well as internationally, a network of individuals, organizations and communities fighting for the recognition, protection and defense of the health of users of mobile phones within the framework, inter alia, of the health and industrial scandal called “Phonegate”.

The constitutive General Assembly has appointed as Founding President, Dr Marc Arazi, who is proud of this vote of confidence, “...thanks to the many qualified individuals and organizations who have already agreed to actively participate in the important work ahead to alert international institutions and propose appropriate measures to protect the health of more than 6 billion mobile phone users.”

While the first two interventions of Alerte Phonegate are intended for the United States, in reality they concern all of us, so much are public health issues cross-linked today.

Cell Phone Radiation and Cancer - Infographic

Please share this excellent infographic on cell phone radiation and cancer.   
To view it in full, click here:   Environmental Health Trust.

Comments On Ramazzini Study By Annie J. Sasco, MD, DrPH, SM, MPH, Retired Director Of Research At The INSERM (French NIH) And Former Unit Chief At IARC-WHO, France

Comments on the Ramazzini study from Annie J. Sasco, MD, DrPH, SM, MPH, retired Director of Research at the INSERM (French NIH) and former Unit Chief at International Agency for the Research on Cancer/World Health Organization, France
ehtrust.org, 22 March 2018

Dr. Annie Sasco

“I am a physician and a scientist having spent the past 35 years working on the epidemiology of cancer and to a lesser extent other chronic diseases. Over the decades, my focus switched from behavioral to environmental risk factors as I was confronted by the huge increase in cancer occurrence worldwide, not only in terms of burden of disease, but also in incidence rates after due consideration to the changes in population size and age structure.

World’s Largest Animal Study On Cell Tower Radiation Confirms Cancer Link

This article has a link to the 22 March 2018 press conference on the Ramazzini study, dedesigned to test cell tower base station radiation association with cancer.  

World’s Largest Animal Study On Cell Tower Radiation Confirms Cancer Link
ehtrust.org, 22 March 2018

Scientists call on the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer to re-evaluate the carcinogenicity of cell phone radiation after the Ramazzini Institute and US government studies report finding the same unusual cancers.

Link to the Ramazzini Institute Study

Question and Answer on the Ramazzini Study

One page Comparison of the Ramazzini Institute Study and the US National Toxicology Program Study

(Washington, DC) – Researchers with the renowned Ramazzini Institute (RI) in Italy announce that a large-scale lifetime study of lab animals exposed to environmental levels of cell tower radiation developed cancer. A $25 million study of much higher levels of cell phone radiofrequency (RF) radiation, from the US National Toxicology Program (NTP), has also reported finding the same unusual cancer called Schwannoma of the heart in male rats treated at the highest dose. In addition, the RI study of cell tower radiation also found increases in malignant brain (glial) tumors in female rats and precancerous conditions including Schwann cells hyperplasia in both male and female rats.

22 March 2018

Telecommunications: 5G is coming to Switzerland

Telecommunications: 5G is coming to Switzerland
By Celia Luterbacherswissinfo.ch, 18 March 2018

Following a successful pilot project, Swiss telecom group Swisscom is ready to deploy 5G – shorthand for fifth generation wireless systems – at selected sites this year.

(Photo): Swisscom says customers can expect to be able to download the equivalent of a full HD movie in a matter of seconds by 2020 — but only if certain regulatory changes are made.(Keystone)

In a press release earlier this month, Swisscom said that it anticipates 5G coverage “throughout the Swiss territory” in 2020, adding that 5G-ready phones are expected to appear on the global market in early 2019.

20 March 2018

France: The EASYTIS Catalogue, Specialist in Connected Objects for Educational Use, Violates French Law

This child is holding the Blue-Bot radio-
frequency radiating connected toy.
Following is a summary translation of the open letter of Robin des Toits regarding the promotion of connected objects for educational purposes by EASYTIS.  We have looked into these toys and found that, as stated in its users' guide, the robot "Blue-Bot", for children aged 3 and up, "generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy."  A teacher's guide exists describing how to use the Blue-Bot as part of the National Curriculum for Computing to support children in learning computing skills and applying computational thinking. As the president of Robin des Toits states in the letter, children are the new target of choice for connected objects at a time when the adult market is saturated.  The publication of the EASYTIS catalogue, targeting very young children, violates French law.


Subject:  EASYTIS SAS: The specialist of connected objects for educational use
robindestoits.org, 20 March 2018

On 20 March 2018, the French national association Robin des Toits, whose purpose is to assist and unite people and associations fighting for public health security related to exposure to new wireless telecommunications technologies, addressed an open letter to the Director-General of Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) and the President of the Professional Advertising Regulation Authority (ARPP).

National Toxicology Program: Peer & Public Review of Cell Phone Radiation Study Reports

UPDATE (21 March 2018):  
All comments to the NTP studies are now posted on the NTP website.

National Toxicology Program: Peer & public review of cell phone radiation study reports
saferemr.com, March 16, 2018 (Updated March 19)

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has requested public comments about the two draft NTP Technical Reports on Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation.

Because there is a lag between when these comments are submitted and posted to the NTP website, I am posting links to selected comments about the NTP studies:


Joel Moskowitz, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, Michael Carlberg, MSc, University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Lena Hedendahl, MD, The Environment and Cancer Research Foundation

Magda Havas, PhD, Trent University

Ronald Kostoff, PhD


Association Alerte Phonegate (Dr. Marc Arazi)

Environmental Working Group

Arizona: An Uber Robot Car Kills a Pedestrian: Will It Slow Driverless Tests?

An Uber robot car kills a pedestrian in Arizona. Will it slow driverless tests?
By RUSS MITCHELL, latimes.com, 19 March 2018

An Uber driverless car is parked in a garage in
San Francisco in 2016.
(Eric Risberg / Associated Press)
A woman walking across an Arizona road was hit and killed by a self-driving car from Uber Technologies Inc. on Sunday — probably the first pedestrian fatality for the fast-growing movement toward driverless vehicles.

Tempe police said Elaine Herzberg, 49, was struck by an Uber test vehicle operating in autonomous mode. In response, Uber halted its driverless operations in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Toronto and the Phoenix area and said it is assisting in the investigation. "Our hearts go out to the victim's family," the company said in a statement.

The death is likely to slow the deployment of driverless vehicles in Arizona, one of the most welcoming states for the industry, and elsewhere as policymakers monitor the investigation and assess public reaction. Driverless vehicle regulations have been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives but are stalled in the Senate over safety concerns.