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What do you call it when the police come onto your property over your objection, without a warrant, and then arrest you for blocking the installation of a surveillance device? You call it smart meter installation in Naperville, Illinois, one of the few places where there's still resistance to the unproven devices.
Naperville, with a city-owned electric utility, has almost finished installing all its smart meters. In March it plans to "conduct a public proceeding in order to consider proposed Federal energy standards and decide whether it will implement these proposed standards or decline to do so," as required by federal law.
Naperville, where the police arrested a woman for filming public officials carrying out their public duties, all the while being filmed by a TV camera crew, may be an unusual place, but the issues raised by smart meters are national and global. The woman, arrested on a public sidewalk, was charged with "attempted eavesdropping."
With almost 50 million residential wireless smart meters installed in the United States by the end of 2012, smart meters have largely disappeared from news media at all levels, even though their usefulness and safety are no more assured now than when they were first proposed years ago.
Even Backers Offer No Guarantees for Smart Meters