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
Wireless antenna densification in the U.S. questioned; hard wired ‘fiber to the premises’ (not fiber to support wireless antennas) superior. (Photo: Business Wire)
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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.
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
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.
National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP)
Camilla Rees, MBA
Senior Policy Advisor
Timothy Schoechle, PhD
Senior Research Fellow