President Obama could not have picked a worse nominee and the Senate could not have confirmed a worse head than Tom Wheeler to head the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Wheeler has obvious industry ties and conflicts of interest.
Consumer appliances are now becoming activated and “smart.” RFID chips and wireless internet connections enable devices like televisions, refrigerators, printers, and computers to communicate with each other and generally make life easier for us. This comes at a price, however. Your privacy is eliminated.
When Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says smart water meters will yield “more accurate” bills for customers long frustrated by water billing errors, what’s left unsaid is that the new meters will also increase residential water bills.
Critics say “smart meters” threaten public health and privacy with their bursts of radiofrequency signals. Advocates for these automated devices say smart meters help save utility customers money and are good for the environment. In a two-day hearing that will stretch into Halloween, state regulators in Maine will grapple with these issues, and tackle a thorny dispute that an attorney on the case described as potentially ground breaking.
MLGW President Jerry Collins confirmed the 60,000 smart meters, which will be installed all over Shelby County by the end of 2014, can also be used to offer free Wi-Fi to the MLGW coverage area.
On Monday, electric customers received letters from Oncor telling them they're asking the Texas Public Utility Commission for the power to extract money from people for not installing Smart Meters.
As of 1 March 2014, new regulations will apply to the sale of mobile phones. On the one hand the sale of mobile phones that have been specially manufactured for young children (under 7s) will be prohibited. On the other hand the SAR value will have to be listed everywhere where mobile phones are sold: in stores as well as for distance sales over the Internet.
Unfortunately, smart water meters that provide “near real time information” would also entail the same risks that are associated with the City’s recently installed smart electric meters, including additional radiofrequency (RF) exposure, invasions of privacy, data security issues, and concerns over meter accuracy.
Why the rapid pace and secrecy in installing the meters? Is it because the utility companies know that the majority of Americans would never allow for such a thing if they really knew more about these new meters, their harmful health effects, their inaccurate and often inflated billing, and the “big brother” control they will have over our use of energy and our own appliances in our own homes.
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