Hilltown Health leverages responsible technology to create and preserve healthy, sustainable communities in Western MA and beyond
The previous cell tower application in Ashfield was proposed for 2nd field on left. AT&T has withdrawn the application following a lawsuit by abutters after the Planning Board approved the tower with conditions.
Hilltown Health is collaborating with town officials in Western Massachusetts to update their by-laws to maintain homerule regarding 5G small cells being rolled out in cities around the U.S.
Why is this important?
Towns with “outdated” telecommunications by-laws (meaning they just address cell towers but not “small cells”, DAS, etc.) will be in trouble if they get a "small cell" application from Verizon, AT&T etc. because they won’t be able to update their statutes fast enough to beat the “shot clock” the FCC has put into place for how quickly towns need to respond to carrier applications. Then any subsequent applications will get the same green light because other carriers can plead "discrimination" if they are handled differently.
In fact, citizens and town leaders around the country are mobilizing to stop and slow down the roll out of 5G because:
- There has been no testing for health effects
- Initial studies show the potential for serious environmental and biological harm
- Global warming will be accelerated by the electricity demands of storing and re-selling everyone's personal data generated from the "internet of things" along with the power required to generate microwave radiation from all our connected objects (doritos bags, basketballs, clothing, vacuums, ice scrapers, etc.)
- Having a cell antenna in your front yard, besides endangering your family's health, will reduce your property value.
The town of Shelburne, MA updated their telecom by-laws on May 1st, 2018 and then again in June, 2021 so that citizens have something to stand on when the first applications come in to install a 5G "small cell" network.
Not familiar with the issues?
Start with this article in The Nation
How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe: A Special Investigation"
Environmental Health Trust
Multiple articles about 5G
Wired for Health During COVID-19!
In response to the increased screentime for many during COVID-19, Hilltown Health is launching a new program that "connects" people with ethernet cable and adapters on a donation basis for their devices and providing advice for anyone who needs help switching from wi-fi to a safer, more secure, and faster ethernet connection.
Contact us if:
- You want help switching
- You would like to donate ethernet cable or adapters
- You would like to receive ethernet cable and adapters
Good News in Charlemont and Heath!
"Hilltown Health alerted me & my neighbors when a microwave tower was being fast tracked for installation right outside my front door. Hilltown Health worked with us to engage the local community so our voices would be part of the discussion. This ultimately led to a more appropriate location for the tower that did not infringe on our property rights or endanger our health." - Laury Wills, Legate Hill Rd., Charlemont
Thank you to everyone who signed the petition to the Charlemont Select Board and to the Heath residents who organized to prevent the installation of microwave towers by Wi-Valley in the right of way which would have set a precedent for more of the same!
From Our Blog
Hilltown Health has created a non-binding resolution which garnered enough signatures in the town of Shelburne, MA to be placed on the Town Warrant. Although the resolution did not pass this year, it provoked a broad public discussion during Town Meeting. The resolution seeks to discover if citizens prefer not to be irradiated from space…
My Turn in the Recorder, published Dec. 29, 2020 Link to Ashfield’s Cell Tower Hearing on March 3rd, 2021
Watch the video and check out the resources here: https://www.lee.ma.us/tri-town-health-department/news/safe-cell-tower-siting-zoom-educational-forum-october-19th
Dear Big Wireless, Ah, to be young again. Young like you. Did you know that 1 human year = 6.66 Billion Dollar Industry years? I wanted to say thank you. You’ve probably heard what’s been happening to me. Our reps are not as welcome in doctor’s offices and hospitals. Thirty five state attorney generals are…
Hilltown Health is grateful to the New England Grassroots Environment Fund for awarding a $250 grant to help HH create an event that helps raise awareness about the 5G rollout and what communities can do to help themselves. Learn more about the Grassroots Fund at grassrootsfund.org
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