Stop 5G On Idaho’s Highways

9/27/22 2nd Round of Comments from Idahoans for Safe Technology On September 20, 2022 ITD had another rulemaking meeting.  ITD presented their Utility Accommodation Policy Draft #2 to stakeholders.  ITD has requested that comments or requested changes to the second draft of the  policy be submitted to them on or before Sept 28th, 2022.   Idahoans … Read more

Boise City Council Sells Out to Verizon

On Nov 30th 2021 Mayor Lauren Mclean and the Boise City Council handed the keys to our wonderful city over to Verizon Wireless.  When you come home and find a 5G small cell antenna in your front yard there is nothing you can do about it!  Watch for yourself Boise wireless ordinance meeting starts at … Read more

202103048-CU 100-foot Cell Tower in Star, ID

August 10, 2022 – Success for the Second Time!  Ada County Commissioners Uphold their May 11th decision to Deny a 100′ Cell Tower in Star,ID.

Watch the below video to see how our community rallied together to stop a cell tower.   Starts at time stamp 46:30.

The cell tower applicants have appealed the Commissioners May 11th decision and Ada County has agreed to hear their appeal.

The appeal will be on August 10th, 2022 @ 6:00 pm at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise.  We are encouraging all neighbors to attend.

We made a short video on August 5th, 2022 that clearly shows that there is NOT Significant Gap in AT&T coverage within a one mile radius of the proposed cell tower.   More probative evidence that a cell tower is not needed in Star, ID.

On May 11, 2022, Ada County Commissioners Unanimously Agreed to DENY a 100-foot Cell Tower application in Star, Idaho!

Please support IFST’s efforts and make a donation by purchasing: Grass Fed Beef Raffle Tickets.

Here’s the entire audio recording from the hearing:

Time Stamp of Highlights from the Hearing

William Lind – Appellant (Timestamp 11:07)
Questions from Commissioners (Timestamp 17:11)
Dave DeHass, IFST (Timestamp 19:33)
Attorney for Cell Tower Installer (Timestamp 25:00)

Lie #1 – No Existing Towers in 2 Miles (Timestamp 25:57)

Lie #2 Twisting the County’s  co-locate code (Timestamp 26:02)

Lie #3 Distance to Existing Towers (Timestamp 29:15)

Lie #4 Alternate Site (Timestamp 29:45)

Lie #5 In Building Coverage (Timestamp 32:55)

Lie #6 Coverage Maps on our Site (Timestamp 35:45)

Vivian Lockary, IFST – Need for a Propagation Study (Timestamp 53:40)

Chad, RF Engineer from Rigby, ID – Coverage Map Lie (Timestamp 1:03:15)

Hank Allen, IFST –  RF Site Survey and co-location alternate tower (Timestamp 1:07:10)

Cathy Cooke, IFST (Timestamp 1:12::19)

David DeHaas, IFST – Closing (Timestamp 1:21:43)

Commissioner Ruling in Favor of the Appeal! (Timestamp 1:23:02)

Findings will be published 5/31/2022

Start Of Appeal 

05/04/22 – Request for CUP Denial and Appeal approval

On behalf of Idahoans for Safe Technology Foundation, Inc, we are requesting that ADA County Commissioners deny this conditional use application and approve the appeal based on the following:

Project Description:  202103048-CU – 12016 W. Floating Feather Rd., Star, ID. 83669 – Vertical Bridge, represented by the firm Clark Wardle, LLC, is proposing to place a 100-foot macro cell wireless facility for commercial use at this location.

There is no significant gap in wireless coverage at this location, therefore a tower is not needed.

Site cell coverage “Site Survey” shows suitable service coverage at the proposed location.

The site survey was performed using a $600 Wilson Pro (Cell LinQ) meter.  Every town should own one!

Purchase a WilsonPro (Cell LinQ) Cellular Signal Meter Tool Kit – 910055. $600 

WilsonPro Spec Sheet

The strength of a cellular signal can be accurately measured using decibel milliwatts, or dBms. Signal strength in dBms is expressed as a negative number and typically falls into a range that spans from -30 dBm to -110 dBm, with numbers closer to zero expressing stronger cellular signals. Essentially, this means that -77 dBm is a stronger signal than -86 dBm.

Signals better than -85 decibels are considered usable and strong, and you’ll rarely see a signal stronger than -50 dBm. At the other end of the spectrum, a signal that’s weaker than -100 dBm is likely too problematic to be useful — resulting in dropped calls and incomplete data transmissions.

05/02/2222 – Site Survey

There is an existing cell tower located 1.6 miles to the North-West that is in a superior raised foothill location away from homes and schools.  Co-Locate providers here would be the smart choice.

Coverage Maps from Three Leading “Wireless” Carriers

All three carriers offer basic voice “Telecommunication services” to this location.  There is No significant gap in Title II coverage, therefore there is no need for an additional wireless cell tower!

Find carriers coverage maps at  VerizonT-mobile & AT&T.com.

Existing “Wired” Broadband Providers and Coverage Map.

This location already offers superior wired DSL, Cable, or Fiberoptic wired broadband capacity, there is no need for additional 4G or 5G wireless broadband.

Find broadband services providers at  BroadbandNow.com.

Summary for Denial

All three leading wireless carriers have sufficient towers and infrastructure in place to provide basic phone and texting  “Telecommunications Service” to this location with no significant gap in coverage.  In addition, this location is already hardwired for superior broadband “Information Services”.   Therefore an additional tower is NOT need at this location unless the applicant can prove that this tower will be providing Title II services.   Application Denied

The Law

Local Government has the Authority and Responsibility to Regulate Personal Wireless Facilities (see below)

“Title I”  / Broadband / 5G/ Information Services are Not Regulated by the 1996 Telecommunications Act!

Mozilla et al. v FCC – Quoting from Judge Millett’s Ruling in Case No. 18-1051.

” The 1996 Telecommunications Act creates two classifications for broadband Internet: ‘telecommunications services’ under Title II of the Act and ‘information services’ under Title I.

  • Title II [telecommunications service] entails common carrier status, see 47 U.S.C. § 153(51) (defining “telecommunications carrier”), and triggers an array of statutory restrictions and requirements
  • Title I “information services” are exempted from common carriage status and, hence, Title II regulation.

The judge’s discussion then continues onto mobile service, showing that the FCC’s  Restoring Internet Freedom Order, 33 FCC Rcd. 311 (“2018 Order”) classified broadband Internet as an “information service,” see 2018 Order ¶¶ 26–64, and mobile broadband as a “private mobile service,” see id. ¶¶ 65–85 . . . therefore the only wireless service that remains as regulated Title II is wireless phone call service.

Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996-TCA) . . . also known as Section 704 from Senate Bill 652,

47 USC § 332(a)(7)(A)

General authority.  — Except as provided in this paragraph, nothing in this Act shall limit or affect the authority of a State or local government or instrumentality thereof over decisions regarding the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities.

47 USC § 332(a)(7)(B)

  • (i) The regulation of the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities by any State or local government shall not prohibit
    • functionally equivalent services
    • personal wireless services
  • (ii) State or local government shall act on any request for place, construct, or modify personal wireless service facilities within a reasonable period of time
  • (iii) Decision by a State or local government to deny a request to place, construct, or modify personal wireless service facilities shall be in writing and supported by substantial evidence contained in a written record.
  • (iv) No State or local government may regulate the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions
  • (v) Any person adversely affected by any final action or failure to act by a State or local government or any instrumentality thereof that is inconsistent with this subparagraph may, within 30 days after such action or failure to act, commence an action in any court of competent jurisdiction. The court shall hear and decide such action on an expedited basis. Any person adversely affected by an act or failure to act by a State or local government or any instrumentality thereof that is inconsistent with clause (iv) may petition the Commission for relief.

Additional evidence that was added to the public record:

These two document contain the latest and best information regarding scientific evidence of harm from Cell Tower RF radiation.  Do not discuss HEALTH EFFECTS IN THE PUBLIC HEARINGS! Just add it to the public record.

  • (iv) No State or local government may regulate the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions

End of Appeal


Past Cell Tower Case Information to learn from

ADA County – Eagle Cell Tower Case Information from 2019

ADA County Commissioner Rick Visser outline the LUPA and Idaho State law in the 2019 cell tower denial (listen to the audio recording below).  This case was lost because ADA County did not challenge the bogus computer generated propagation study provided by an out of state RF engineer at the Horizon Tower vs Ada County hearing, so the judge issued a consent  judgment order in favor of Horizon.  See pages 3 &  4 of the Consent Judgement Order. It’s also important to note that no costs and/or attorney’s fees where sought or awarded to any party (See page 6).

2557 N Sky View Ln., Eagle – Cell Tower CUP denial from ADA County Commissioners.

ADA County Commissioner Ruling – Jan 30th, 2009

201801311-A; EBERLE BERLIN; An appeal of the Planning & Zoning Commission’s decision to approve a conditional use application to construct a 65 foot commercial cell tower (height 73 feet with lightning rod) and an antenna structure with associated equipment storage in a fenced lease area. The property contains 5.00 acres and is located at 2557 N. Sky View Lane in Section 5, T. 4N, R. 1E. (Tabled from 01/09/19)

ACTION:

R. VISSER MOVED TO APPROVE APPEAL APPLICATION NO. 201801311-A (EBERLE BERLIN APPEAL); AND OVERTURN THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION’S DECISION TO GRANT THE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A 65 FOOT CELL PHONE TOWER; DIRECT STAFF TO PREPARE FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW CONSISTENT WITH OUR DECISION BASED UPON THE SUBSTANTIAL RECORD, AND THE TESTIMONY PRESENTED TONIGHT; AND TABLE THE MATTER TO FEBRUARY 6, 2019, TO ADOPT THE REVISED FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSION OF LAW. D. LACHIONDO SECONDED. R. VISSER, AYE, D. LACHIONDO, AYE, AND K. KENDRA, AYE. THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Horizon Tower vs Ada County

This is a link to the Consent Order for Ada County to issue the Cell Tower permit to Horizon Tower.  No RF Engineer was provided by Ada County to dispute Horizons’s gap in coverage claim.  There was ample cell coverage, yet  no professional engineer to provide countervailing evidence.   Here’s your evedence!

Consent Order & Judgment – Horizon Tower vs Ada County

AUDIO RECORDING OF THE RULING:

Read more202103048-CU 100-foot Cell Tower in Star, ID

City of Eagle, ID – Leading the way with Community Owned Fiber Optic Infrastructure

fiber internet banner Opens in new window

Eagle Fiber Internet Goals

Reliable internet connectivity is essential in the 21st century.  Just as electricity enabled the first industrial revolution, fiber optic infrastructure is the foundation for the digital revolution.  Residents in Eagle have been paying too much for mediocre access to the internet.  Eagle’s Mayor has made it a key priority of the City to build and establish local control of this essential infrastructure.  The goals of the City for this project include the following:

  1. Increase access to affordable high-speed internet.
  2. Significantly increase the speed and reliability of internet access.
  3. Increase competition and give residents multiple options for ISPs on-demand in real-time.
  4. Build a state-of-the-art network that will improve economic development and foster innovation.
  5. Leverage the network to improve the services provided in the city including public safety, transportation, healthcare, education, emergency communications, and new services that will become possible with advanced network infrastructure.

*Action Item*

The City of Eagle is looking for public feedback.  Please take the Eagle Broadband Survey

Read More

 

Grass-Fed Beef Raffle

October 2, 2022 Raffle Update WE HAVE FOUR 2022 RAFFLE WINNERS We would like to thank all of those who graciously supported Idahoans for Safe Technology by buying a raffle ticket this year.  250 tickets were purchased and we raised $4,380.00! The raffle was held online Sunday evening October 2nd 2022. Please watch the raffle … Read more

How you can help:

Make a donation or purchase raffle tickets – your contribution makes all our efforts possible! As an individual – what can I do? educate yourself to promote awareness of why and how to practice safe technology  engage your neighbors, Neighborhood Association, civic organizations  utilize Take Action links, Tool Kit materials, and other resources https://www.americansforresponsibletech.org/, https://www.ma4safetech.org/resources  talk … Read more

Landmark EMR Lawsuit CHD vs FCC (case number 20-1025) and the biological effects of RF exposure.

COMPILED BY MIRIAM LINDBECK, EMRS “The present FCC thermal regulation, in addition to lacking any sound scientific foundation, as pointed out by Petitioners, is perpetrating a continuing, ever-expanding, and cruel injustice.” – Building Biology Institute CHD vs FCC Children’s Health Defense vs Federal Communications Commission with EHT (Environmental Health Trust) In the early Spring of 2020, … Read more

Please Take 5 Minutes to Protect your Children and the Treasure Valley – 5G Cell Tower Zoning Ordinance – CALL TO ACTION

CALL TO ACTION STEP 1: Please send a quick email to your local Mayor, City Council and County Commissioners urging them to add stronger language to our current wireless zoning ordinances. (SEE BELOW SAMPLE EMAIL) STEP 2: Copy and paste contact list of our elected officials into your email address. STEP 3: If you haven’t already, … Read more

How To Reduce Exposure To Wireless Radiation at Home

Take One Step at a Time. Safe tech at home is simpler than it may seem. Yes-wireless radiation is everywhere and yes, we can reduce our exposure. Please take the time to become wise about our use of wireless transmitting devices (WTDs) such as smart phones, home cordless phones, tablets, laptops, gaming devices, and desktop … Read more