2022-06-24 Fiber favored by US agency for infrastructure $$

1) A US agency (National Telecommuncations & Information Administration) is responsible for determining how $42.5 billion in grant funds is allotted for improving broadband service. It has determined that many factors make fibre their preferred choice — factors besides speed (none of which are health- or environment-related.) The wireless industry, of course, is complaining and is lobbying strongly against this decision, even threatening lawsuits.

The NTIA Preference for Fiber

“One of the criteria the NTIA is instructed to use is that grant-funded technologies must be deemed to be reliable. Reliable is defined in the Act using factors other than speed and specifically says that the term “reliable broadband service’ means broadband service that meets performance criteria for service availability, adaptability to changing end-user requirements, length of serviceable life, or other criteria, other than upload and download speeds.

NTIA then used the reliable service criteria to classify only four technologies as delivering a reliable signal – fiber, cable modem hybrid fiber-coaxial technology, DSL over copper, and terrestrial fixed wireless using licensed spectrum….

From the short list of technologies deemed to be reliable, the NTIA has gone on to say several times in the NOFO that there is a preference for fiber. When looking at the factors defined by the legislation, fiber is the most future-proofed because speeds can be increased drastically by upgrading electronics. Fiber also has a much longer expected useful life than wireless technology.”

The NTIA Preference for Fiber


2) In contrast to the info in item 1 above, Accenture, a company specializing in information technology services and consulting, was commissioned by CTIA (the US wireless industry) to push 5G as part of its lobbying for part of the $$ billions in grant money for broadband infrastructure. Miguel Coma, who has written many articles for Katie Singer’s newsletters, provides a critique of Accenture’s report.

An avalanche of green reports won’t cool the climate
Who can trust industry claims about 5G’s sustainability?

“Since 2020, the telecommunications industry has relentlessly published reports1 that present 5G as “sustainable” and “green.” 5G is the fifth generation of mobile telecommunications. Back in 2020, I reviewed a report from Huawei, the Chinese-owned international provider, claiming that 5G will reduce climate impacts. Since then, Accenture has issued several reports. One of these is for CTIA, the U.S. wireless industry. Today, I will analyse this U.S. report, 5G Connectivity – A Key Enabling Technology to Meet America’s Climate Change Goals…. (https://api.ctia.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/5G-Connectivity-A-Key-Enabling-Technology-to-meet-Americas-Climate-Change-Goals-2022-01-25.pdf)

…these recommendations promote wireless technologies; and they ignore wired technologies’ potential to reduce climate impacts.

The CTIA report’s main message is that 5G is necessary to fighting climate change.”


3) Very readable documents submitted to the FCC in 2013 by Boston and Philadelphia and again, by Boston, in 2019 asking the FCC to review its RF emission standards, explaining clearly what has changed in the many years since the standards were adopted, and the consequences of maintaining the current ones. A lot of useful info. that could be used by others.

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Boston Comments on Proposed Changes to FCC Rules



Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”    Upton Sinclair


Smart Meters, Cell Towers, Smart Phones, 5G and all things that radiate RF Radiation