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?
Here are the three infrastructure options:
- A. Wireless Phone (2G, 3G & 4G)
- Good Phone, Texting w/ Lower Data Speeds
- Medium hazard to human health & the environment
- Requires high power RF emitting antennas every 15 to 30 miles
- B. Wireless Broadband (4G & 5G)
- Medium Data Speeds
- High hazard to human health & the environment
- Requires high power RF emitting antennas every 200 yards
- C. Hard Wired Broadband (DSL, Cable & Fiber)
- Highest Data Speeds
- Low / No hazard to human health & the environment
- No high power RF antennas required
1. Identify and fill significant gaps in cell phone coverage throughout the Treasure Valley. Every person should have good access to make cell phone calls and send text messages from their home, office or on the road.
2. Provide superior high-speed broadband data to every home, school and office in Idaho.
3. Accomplish this in the most responsable, safe, least intrusive manner possible.
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).
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.