American Communities Are Installing Affordable Municipal Broadband – Is Yours? – Activist Post

04-01-21 06:49:00,

By B.N. Frank

A group of telecom experts who call themselves “The Irregulators” are among the many organizations that have filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for failing to protect Americans from the telecom industry.  The good news is that THEY WON! Because of this, state utility commissions are able to divert taxpayer dollars to provide safer high-speed internet via fiber optics.

On a related note, New York City recently won a lawsuit against Verizon and now the company has to install half a million lines of fiber.

Big Telecom and their proponents are NOT excited about municipal broadband.  It’s less profitable to them and more affordable to residents.  If your community hasn’t considered municipal broadband, be sure to share this information with your elected officials.

From Daily Kos:

The quiet good news of the 2020 elections: Municipal broadband is expanding

The voters in Chicago and Denver overwhelmingly voted for community broadband in a referendum in Chicago that directs the city to “ensure that all the city’s community areas have access to broadband Internet.” It’s a nonbinding resolution, but it gives the city the authority to consider broadband as a utility, potentially allowing for community-run networks. The voters in Denver—83.5% of them—declared the city should be exempt from a 2005 law passed by Colorado that restricts towns and cities from building their own networks. That ALEC-inspired law had a loophole in the case of Colorado, one that lets cities and towns opt out of those restricts if the residents demand it by vote. There are now 140 communities in Colorado that have spurned the law and championed citizen-built broadband.

Christopher Mitchell, director of community broadband networks for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, told Vice that these votes are instructive. “I think the margin in Chicago and Denver is remarkable,” Mitchell said. “When we work with communities where half the residents have a cable monopoly and the other half don’t have any broadband, the demand for something better is strong among both populations.” Mitchell’s group says that 83 million Americans live in an area subject to a broadband monopoly,

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The American Money Tree: The Untold Story of US Aid to Israel

01-01-21 08:14:00,

On December 21, the United States Congress passed the COVID-19 Relief Package, as part of a larger $2.3 trillion bill meant to cover spending for the rest of the fiscal year. As usual, US representatives allocated a massive sum of money for Israel.

While unemployment, thus poverty, in the US is skyrocketing as a result of repeated lockdowns, the US found it essential to provide Israel with $3.3 billion in ‘security assistance’ and $500 million for US-Israel missile defense cooperation.

Although a meager $600 dollar payment to help struggling American families was the subject of several months of intense debate, there was little discussion among American politicians over the large funds handed out to Israel, for which there are no returns.

Support for Israel is considered a bipartisan priority and has, for decades, been perceived as the most stable item in the US foreign policy agenda.  The mere questioning of how Israel uses the funds – whether the military aid is being actively used to sustain Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, finance Jewish settlements, fund annexation of Palestinian land or violate Palestinian human rights – is a major taboo.

One of the few members of Congress to demand that aid to Israel be conditioned on the latter’s respect for human rights is Democratic Senator, Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, who was also a leading presidential nominee for the Democratic Party. “We cannot give it carte blanche to the Israeli government … We have the right to demand respect for human rights and democracy”, Sanders had said in October 2019.

His Democratic rival, now President-elect, Joe Biden, soon countered: “The idea that I’d withdraw military aid, as others have suggested, from Israel, is bizarre,” he said.

It is no secret that Israel is the world’s leading recipient of US aid since World War II.  According to data provided by the US Congressional Research Service, Israel has received  $146 billion of US taxpayers’ money as of November 2020.

From 1971 up to 2007, a bulk of these funds proved fundamental in helping Israel establish a strong economic base.

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American Academy of Environmental Medicine Endorses Wired Internet Connections to Avoid Radiation Exposure (2013) – Activist Post

10-10-20 08:04:00,

By B.N. Frank

For many years, various health experts and organizations – including the World Health Organization (see 1, 2) and American Academy of Pediatrics – have recommended that we reduce our exposure to sources of wireless radiation (Bluetooth, cell phone, WiFi).

Although AAEM’s 2013 statement was written primarily to advocate that WiFi in schools be replaced with hard-wired internet, the group also recognized that other sources of WiFi (cell phones, cell towers, utility “Smart” Meters) emit harmful radiation that should be avoided too.

From 5G Crisis:

American Academy of Environmental Medicine Endorses Avoidance of Exposure to Wireless Radiation

On November 13th, 2013, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), an international non-profit medical association founded in 1965, released a statement advocating for hardwired internet connectivity to reduce exposure to harmful wireless radiation.

Read the full document here.

High-speed internet CAN be attained without wireless and without 5G. According to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai – and a LAWSUIT filed against the agency – Americans have paid for this already.

The FCC is supposed to protect the public by regulating the telecom industry. Unfortunately, the agency tends to cater to the industry instead which has put Americans at grave risk. This has increased dramatically since Trump took office (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11). Lawsuits have been filed against the FCC for NOT protecting Americans from unsafe levels of radiation as well as 5G on Earth (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and in space.

Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology. For more information visit our archives and the following websites.

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The American media—every one of them—should be Arrested for Complicity in Murder –

31-08-20 10:06:00,

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American Traveler Faces $750K Fine or 6 Months in Jail for Breaking Quarantine Rules in Canada – Activist Post

22-08-20 12:35:00,

By B.N. Frank

Last month a young Kentucky couple made headlines worldwide for being required to wear electronic ankle monitors after the COVID positive wife agreed to self-quarantine but refused to sign state health department documents. Now a Kentucky man may be fined or jailed for breaking quarantine rules in Canada.

From Oak Bay News:

Kentucky man faces $750K fine for breaking quarantine rules in Alberta Rockies

A Kentucky man could face a fine of up to $750,000 or six months in jail for allegedly violating a quarantine order in the Alberta Rockies in late June.

John Pennington, 40, was initially given a $1,200 ticket on June 25 after staff at a Banff hotel called the RCMP saying they believed the United States citizen was violating the Alberta Public Health Act during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more: American tourists in Alberta? RCMP investigating possible breaches of COVID-19 restrictions

American visitors have been able to use a loophole allowing them to travel through Canada on the way to and from Alaska.

“RCMP attended the hotel and as a result of their investigation, they found a second individual in his presence, a female from Calgary, and found him to be breaching the requirements to quarantine while he travelled through Alberta so he was issued a ticket under the Alberta Public Health Act,” said RCMP Cpl. Tammy Keibel in Calgary.

She said officers received a second complaint the next day after someone spotted a car with American plates in a parking lot near the gondola to Sulphur Mountain.

Read full article

Apparently, the initial $1200 ticket wasn’t enough of a warning. Happy Trails, Mr. Pennington.

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