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26 days after the NIH's National Toxicology Program reported that cell phone radiation definitively causes cancer

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26 days after the NIH's National Toxicology Program reported that cell phone radiation definitively causes cancer, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler announced the Spectrum Frontiers Proceeding. On June 20, Wheeler said that 5G "is a national priority.... 5G buildout is going to be very infrastructure intensive, requiring a massive deployment of small cells...(that will) open up unprecedented opportunities for frequency reuse and denser, more localized networks." Mr. Wheeler said that "we" will "stay out of the way of technological development.... Unlike some countries, we do not believe we should spend the next couple of years studying what 5G should be, how it should operate, and how to allocate spectrum... Turning innovators loose is far preferable to expecting committees and regulators to define the future."

FCC Commissioners will vote on Mr. Wheeler's proposal on July 14, 2016 without any public input or discussion.

* Meanwhile, in communities like Eugene, Oregon, people are voicing objection to new deployments to their local authorities.

* Canadians are also discovering that they have no say about the location of cell towers.

* Scientists continue to find reason for precautionary regulations. A recent study from the Mayo Clinic finds that text messaging appears to produce a unique brainwave form that can cause epileptic and nonepildptic seizures. This "texting rhythm" was also found in iPad users. Dr. William Tatum, the study's lead author, noted, "There is now a biological reason why people shouldn't text and drive--texting can change brain waves."

* Lloyds' of London's "Exclusion 32" states that its insurance companies will not cover damages caused "directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise--and yet:

* legislators push for the elimination of landlines--even while cell phones and VOIPs (voice over Internet protocols such as Magic Jack and Uverse) do not work during power outages. While Californians recently defeated a bill that would have allowed the elimination of landlines by January, 2020, thirteen states have passed such legislation. Yet more states have passed partial legislation to this effect.

Because "smart" meters cause cybersecurity risks that could take down our country's power grid, four senators (including NM's Martin Heinrich) have proposed the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act (SEIA) of 2016, which will restore some analog metering.

*"smart" meters also cause fires.

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