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U.S. Telecommunications Strategy Questioned by the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy

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Senate Oversight Hearing of the Federal Communications Commission
This Thursday Should Probe the Advisability of Small Cell Antenna
Deployment—As There Are 13 Important Reasons Why ‘Antenna Densification'
Will Not Serve Constituents' Best Interests

Senate Bill S.1357, known as the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act,
and opposed by the National
League of Cities
, aims to streamline the siting process for small
cell antenna deployment throughout the United States, further eroding
local control over decision-making about the siting and management of
radiating antennas. The National Institute for Science, Law and Public
Policy (NISLAPP) is calling on Members of Congress to consider the
inadvisability of antenna densification, in the first place, before
legislatively mandating the installation of hundreds of millions more
antennas across the nation.

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Wireless antenna densification in the U.S. questioned; hard wired 'fiber to the premises' (not fiber ...

Wireless antenna densification in the U.S. questioned; hard wired 'fiber to the premises' (not fiber to support wireless antennas) superior. (Photo: Business Wire)

NISLAPP's report, "Re-Inventing
Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks
", presented at the
Commonwealth Club of California earlier this year, explains how it came
to be that wireless communications, known to be an extremely inferior
technology laden with risks, is being mistakenly perceived as a solution
and an advancement, and why ‘fiber to the premises' (rather than fiber
to support more wireless antennas) is unquestionably the best
technological option to support our economy and society.

As the paper's author, Timothy Schoechle, PhD, explains in this report,
there are 13 negative impacts from wireless access networks and ‘antenna
densification'—all of which would be successfully addressed by a
hard-wired, ‘fiber optics to the premises' approach to communications:

1. Speed of Internet access

2. Equal Internet access

3. Quality of voice communication

4. Reliability

5. Energy usage and efficiency (10x more energy is used to power
wireless)

6. Resiliency in extreme weather events

7. Value, for the money

8. Safety and cybersecurity

9. Personal Privacy

10. Public health

11. The biological ecosystem

12. Landline phone access when the power goes out, and

13. The integrity of the communications system as a whole, which has
become, as described by the paper's author, Timothy Schoechle, PhD,
"hijacked by commercial motivations" and riddled with planned
obsolescence and unnecessary future costs for us all.

Given the importance of each of these issues to most Americans, NISLAPP
recommends Members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Committee (which will hold its Oversight Hearing with FCC Commissioners
on Thursday, August 16th at 10:00 a.m.)—as well as all member
of Senate and House of Representatives—thoroughly familiarize themselves
with the superior hard-wired communications options described in "Re-Inventing
Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks
". (Listen
to Audio
from the Commonwealth Club of California presentation.)

S. 3157, introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD), would commit the
United States to forced wireless antenna installation and the removal of
municipalities' rights to limit antennas for any reason, an egregious
erosion of democracy and serious mistake for this country, above all.

Legislators have been misled about the adequacy of wireless Internet
access networks. We urge Congress to assure the reliable, safe,
energy-efficient and enduring telecommunications infrastructure this
country needs and deserves.

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