As 5G looms, concerns over wireless radiation mount

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Customers may now ‘opt out’ of Duke Energy smart meters

But state legislatures quietly being lobbied to grease rails for 5G

‘Generation Zapped’ movie claims young people at risk!

First in a series:

In response to public outcry in Santa Rosa, Calif., Verizon recently withdrew its application to mount ‘small cells’ on overloaded utility poles.

NORTH CAROLINA – In a way, we have only ourselves to blame. Our brains and bodies are constantly being pummeled by electromagnetic radiation. Yet, we insist upon incessant, round-the-clock, 24/7 wireless communications, streaming video, gigabytes of airborne information, smart phones worn like clothing, and Wi-Fi delivery of all things Internet!


But wait! On the horizon is the promise of 5G – or is it a threat? Telecommunication providers are responding to our unending demands – and thru the atmosphere, unseen, even more wireless radiation is the quickest, cheapest fix. Surely, quietly, and almost at the speed of light well-heeled lobbyists for the industry are writing state laws, allowing so-called ‘small cells’ or ‘distributed antenna systems’ to be affixed to existing utility poles – in public owned right-of-way – while tying the hands of local governments that might have the audacity to try and regulate the practice.

See the ten-page law, overwhelmingly approved last year by the North Carolina General Assembly, here:

NC General Assembly House Bill 310

Until recently, many have labeled critics of wireless radiation as kooks. That description became a much tougher sale last month. In an order that arrived as a surprise to those who follow such things, the North Carolina Utilities Commission now requires Duke Energy to allow customers – at no charge – to opt out of the utility’s ‘smart meters,’ devices that use (guess what?) wireless radiation to transmit data about a household’s electricity consumption back to the utility for billing purposes.

In its original filing, Duke Energy had asked for an initial fee of $150 and an on-going monthly charge of $11.75 from every customer seeking to opt out. And, in a query from the Commission, Duke Energy “responded that it had not allowed any customers to opt out. Rather, it had ‘temporarily bypassed’ 549 customers who had unresolved concerns with the meter deployment.”

Almost all of those 549 ‘bypassed’ customers expressed health concerns about smart meters being attached to their homes. In fact, part of the Commission’s order says that the ‘vast majority’ of public comments cited ‘radiation that is dangerous to human health, and harmful to plants and animals as well.’

Although the smart meter opt out is free, the Commission’s order does require “a notarized statement from a medical physician licensed by the North Carolina Medical Board that the customer must avoid exposure to RF emissions to the extent possible to protect their health.” Insiders expect some type of form letter to become a common practice, routinely offered by medical offices at the simple request of a patient.

Locally, citizen activists Rick and Nancy Happ have taken the initiative to publicize the dangers of wireless radiation, particularly among young people. They are working with the public library to launch a public awareness program, titled ‘Hot Topics.’ The series kicks off Thursday, September 13, with a showing of the newly released movie ‘Generation Zapped.’

Rick Happ, who is on the November ballot as an unaffiliated candidate for Pamlico County Commissioner, has made a donation to the library funding the movie, and will also donate an Acoustimeter – handheld instrumentation that quickly and easily evaluates levels of wireless radiation in one’s home or workplace. Happ hopes the monitor will be checked out of the library, much like a book, and returned for others to use.

Next week, we take a look at those people who are hypersensitive to wireless radiation. Are they the proverbial ‘canary in a coal mine’ who foretell ailments that we will all eventually suffer? Have you, or anyone you know, experienced problems or symptoms that might be attributable to wireless radiation? If so, please email your story to: