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Health & Safety Public Demand Notice – 4G/5G sWTF
June 15, 2020
Dear Mayor McLean, City Council Members, and Planning and Zoning Staff:
On June 5th, 2020, the local group, ‘Idahoans for Safe Technology’ (IFST), sent you a Cease-and-Desist Notice (“Notice”) regarding so-called “small” Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (sWTFs), with nine pages of legal facts demonstrating the City’s broad range of regulatory authorities over sWTFs.
Boise constituents have repeatedly received the same claim from City officials about this problem: “Our hands are tied. There is nothing we can do.” This is inaccurate.
Boise officials are empowered to make lawful and protective decisions for all its constituents. Telecommunication companies do not have overarching rights.
Hundreds of applications have already been filed with 44 more submitted in the past two weeks. Since every resident of Boise is adversely affected by these hazards, a meeting between you and IFST is urgently warranted. As it stands, the City is subjecting itself to large liability due to the presence of hundreds of incomplete, but permitted sWTF applications.
We ask that you immediately declare a moratorium and prepare a new and adequate ordinance that will be at last in compliance with laws and precidents.
Instead of wasting taxpayers’ time and money, and allowing the installation of extremely harmful microwave irradiating antennas just 30 inches from homes – even 30” from childrens’ bedrooms – Boise now has the opportunity to be the leader in Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP). FTTP has already been paid for by the public in the amount of ~$400 million; yet the telecommunications industry illegally cross-subsidized this money in a fraudulent accounting scam and used it instead to build out wireless infrastructures by coercing public officials.
FTTP is the most secure, reliable, fastest, safest, most energy-efficient engineering, and by far the best investment Boise can make for its future. If you want the best, most cutting-edge telecommunications for all Boise residents, FTTP is the solution. (Note that no one in the group has any financial or other relationship with any FTTP company.)
I demand that the City take immediate action to protect the public health & safety, and more within your regulatory hands.
Enforce the required NEPA/NHPA reviews on all sWTFs applications.
Require a Need Tests by independent engineers and a stated purpose for each appli- cation – Title I or Title II.
Reject incomplete applications.
Regulate the power (wattage) under your authorities over “operations” and provide sane setbacks and heights that will not have the potential for causing plasma fires atop electrical lines.
Also, kindly schedule a meeting with representatives of IFST for Tuesday afternoon, June 16, so they can further inform you about the Titles I / Title II differentiation, and how to implement FTTP instead of sWTFs under Title I. It’s time that Boise officials stood up for the Law and reclaimed its local authorities and obligations to protect constituents’ rights. You do have the power.
Thank you for your prompt attention,
[Your Email Address]