Fiber First Idaho

Everyone in Idaho Deserves Fiber Optic Broadband!

There are two types of broadband connections: hardwired and wireless, and the best kind of wired broadband is fiber optic.  Compared to fiber optic, wireless is slow, expensive, unreliable, easier to hack, prone to fires, not able to handle future speed requirements, and not yet proven safe.

Best Wireless Information for Public Officials

Click the above link to find the most accurate and up to date information on Wireless Facilities, Public Safety,  Model Wireless Ordinance, and  Design Guidelines that your local City, Town, County, or Highway Department can easily adopt that will preserve local control over its wireless infrastructure.

Afib Ablation Surgery

5G Cell Towers in Eagle, Idaho Injures Local Residents & Kills Bees

On or about April 30th 2021 Verizon switched on a cell tower located at 2557 N. Sky View Ln., Eagle, ID.  Within a week or so of the tower being switched on, I was admired to the ER with my heart in Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).  My heart felt like it was jumping out of my chest and my heart rate was 145 bpm.  This was extremely scary for me and my family.  St. Lukes used the paddles to cardio vert my heart back to a normal sinus rhythm.  Over the following two months I was in the ER 17 times with AFib.

Regulate Cell Tower Placement

August 10, 2022 - Ada County Commissioners Successfully Deny a 100 ft Cell Tower in Star, Idaho!

Success for the Second Time!  Ada County Commissioners Uphold their May 11th decision to Deny a 100′ Cell Tower in downtown Star,ID.  Ada County and Idahoans For Safe Technology successfully deny a proposed 100 ft cell tower in downtown Star, ID.  The City of Boise and other municipalities across the nation have been lead to believe their hands are tied when it comes to cell tower regulations.  This proof that our local governments hands are not tied and they can regulate Cell Towers.   Thank you Ada County Commissioners!

What Safe Technology Looks Like

Dr. Alexia McKnight, DVM, DACVR, and Cece Doucette, Director of Massachusetts for Safe Technology, present the biological effects of today’s wireless technology and solutions to use technology safely.

At time stamp 22:12, Cece Doucette presents on What Safe Technology Looks Like.  This is a must watch for everyone!

Click here to watch a video and get more info

CIty of Boise - Zoning Code Rewrite - Cell Tower Ordinance

The City of Boise’s position on regulating cell tower placement has been, “Our hands are tied by the FCC & 1996 TCA there is nothing we can do”.   The Boise City Council approved the current draft wireless ordinance based on this position. See  Nov 30th 2021 Boise City Council - Evening Session - Timestamp 1:53.01.  As a result the cities current draft wireless ordinance is an atrocity that has been stripped of protective regulations.  City of Boise staff continues to echo this position.  Thanks to Ada County and their denila of the Star cell tower in August 10, 2022, the City of Boise can no longer claim that their hands are tied and avoid regulating cell tower placement.

Cell Tower Map for Ada County, Idaho

Who Are We

Idahoans for Safe Technology Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), located in the Treasure Valley, and representing residents of Boise, Eagle, Star, Meridian, Kuna, Garden City, and throughout Idaho.

What We Do

Our Mission is protecting Idahoans and the environment from unsafe wireless technology by providing education and support for statewide efforts towards deployment of responsible broadband technology.

The growth of 4G & 5G Small Cell Wireless Transmission Facilities has been fast and exponentially powerful as higher frequencies continue to saturate the air space around us and come into our homes, our schools, and businesses. Boise is a test city for this technology.  You can see the map below with 350+ towers in the works.

We are here to raise the alarm on the mass deployment of this novel technology. There is currently little to no monitoring of power output nor safety precautions by our local city and county governments. These “small-cell”  Wireless Transmission Facilities are being placed in our neighborhoods next to our homes without our consent.

We are working with our cities to adopt better Wireless Zoning Ordinance. Current wireless ordinances allow unneeded 4G & 5G cell towers to blanket our residential streets with harmful microwave radiation. The City of Boise code allows cell tower antennas 30 inches from homes and is approving new towers every day.

Let’s be smart and keeping cell towers a safe distance from residential neighborhoods and school zones. High-speed large bandwidth “Broadband” internet should and for the most part already is safely hardwired to our homes and schools. We are advocates for DSL, Cable & Fiber Optic “hardwired” Broadband, NOT 4G & 5G “wireless ” broadband. Hardwired broadband is faster, more secure, and does not emit harmful microwave radiation 24/7.


The Problem and the Solution 

It is a scientifically proven fact that RF radiation transmitted from cell towers antennas, wifi routers & cell phones is harmful to human health and our environment (see 1,000 scientific studies, State of New Hampshire, National Toxicology Program, Eagle Cell Tower).  So, how do we best plan City and County infrastructure to provide high quality cellular phone, texting, and high speed broadband internet to the citizens of Idaho while keeping them safe from RF Radiation?

Our Goal:

1.  Minimize RF radiation to the greatest extent possible while still providing wireless telecommunications services for basic texting and phone calls.

2. Provide superior wired high-speed broadband data to every home, school and office in Idaho.

3.  Accomplish this in the most responsable, safe, least intrusive manner possible.

Our Plan:

We propose using Hard-Wired (DSL, Cable & Fiber) for 90% of our community’s broadband needs and using Wireless (3G & 4G) for wireless calling and texting with moderate data speeds and capacity.

Restrict high power RF antennas (3G, 4G & 5G) to at least 500m out side of heavy populated urban areas, especially residential neighborhoods and schools zones (see State of New Hampshire 5G Report).  Require precautionary power limits on all necessary antennas in heavily populated urban areas. This is a bit more expensive for wireless providers, but with proper master planning in our city zoning ordinances, it can be achieved. 90% of the tower infrastructure already exists. With a couple strategically placed towers, we can fill gaps in wireless coverage so that everyone will have access to five bars of service for making calls, sending texts and have a reasonably amount of broadband capacity.

Provide 90% of high speed broadband date to every home, office and school via hardwired cable (DSL, Cable  &  Fiber).  Underground hardwired broadband (DSL, Cable & Fiber) is superior for meeting goal #2. It’s completely underground, nothing to see or to visually obstruct our quality pedestrian areas.  It’s safe for humans, the bees, our trees, it will not clutter our skylines and the best part is that 99% of our cities already have it in place (Century Link & Sparklight).

Conclusion:

We can have our cake and eat it too!

Properly implemented, this plan will reduce exposure to unnecessary RF radiation, reduce unsightly visual blight in our skylines, protect humans, trees and our bees, provide superior broadband service and safe access to use our cell phones.