FCC takes first steps toward eliminating landline phones–Comment by 4/18/11

The FCC is taking the first steps toward the total elimination of landline telephones. For more information on that process and arguments against it, see bottom of this page.

Comments from the public are due on or before April 18, 2011.

To send comments, the easiest way is to use this link, http://www.regulations.gov/#!searchResults;rpp=10;po=0;s=FCC-2011-0078-0001 and scroll down the page until you see
“Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation.”

You can type a comment of up to 2000 words, and you can attach any documents you wish. Attached word documents should be double spaced.

Please let your comment to the FCC serve double duty as I have just received this email from Christine Hoch, Executive Director of Center for Safer Wireless:

I am working with attorneys in Washington, DC that filed a consumer protection lawsuit against many wireless manufacturers. They are seeking evidence in the form of United States letters or emails to government authorities demonstrating that people are concerned about the health effects of cell phones.

After you type in your FCC comment, you can highlight your comment, and use COPY and then PASTE your comment onto an email to Christine at:
choch @comcast.net,
then she can add your comment to a consumer protection lawsuit–with no cost to you!

Another way would be to write your comment on Word, then copy/paste it into the FCC comment space, and also onto an email to the Center for Safer Wireless.

You can list the current scientific data:

CELL PHONES: Right now, the data shows a 500% rise in the rate of brain tumors, called gliomas, that no patient survives. There is also a 360% rise in tumors of the eye nearest the ear used for the cell phone, and 260% rise in tumors on the hearing apparatus, and on salivary glands near the ear used for cell phones. New research is indicating that the sudden rise in skin melanomas is also due to our being constantly exposed to electro-smog from many sources in the home and work environments.

I encourage you to prepare to upload as much research as you wish. For files, check the SCIENCE page, then the small black tab on the right marked ‘Science,’ for more research papers.

If you don’t want to have to march on Washington over this issue, please hit them as hard as you can with this feedback, uploads, and copying your letters to send to the Center for Safer Wireless. Please make this go viral.

EMERGENCY CALLS MISDIRECTED WITH CELL PHONES

The biggest drawback to doing without a landline is that in the event of an emergency, it can be harder to call 911 (or whatever your local emergency number is). The emergency response system depends on landlines to determine where to route calls: dialing 911 from a VoIP phone can end with you being routed to an emergency responder in another city. Some VoIP providers now have Enhanced 911 systems in place, which will correctly route your call, but not all providers have made the change over.

Emergency calls from cell phones can also be directed to regional emergency response centers, rather than local centers. The FCC recommends that anyone placing an emergency call from either a cell phone or through VoIP software should make a point of immediately telling the responder the location of the emergency.

The FCC proposal to eliminate many telephone landlines would profoundly impact the nation. Citizens need much more opportunity to discuss the issue and create regulations that protect our population and our environment as new technologies are introduced to our society.

Citizens must be allowed the choice to keep landline phones. Landlines are safe, secure, reliable and affordable. Mobile phones have not been proven safe.

***The FCC’s duty is to facilitate communications for the whole country. Its new proposal ignores issues of health, safety, privacy, affordability and security.

Citizens have the right to choose a landline phone. We have the right to opt out of wireless devices. If the FCC’s proposal passes, we will be denied the right to choose a landline.

BELOW ARE THE REASONS WE NEED TO KEEP LAND LINES:

Do not replace existing landlines with wireless infrastructure until it is proven safe, secure, reliable and affordable!

Landlines are safe.
Children, people with medical implants, people with Radiofrequency Sickness, and people who don’t want to increase their risk of cancer can use only landlines.

Research on radiofrequency radiation exposure indicates increased cancer incidence, altered blood glucose levels, weakened blood-brain barrier.

Many in the public cannot use any cordless or wireless phone without developing headaches that are often severe.
Removing landline service would deny these people access to phone service, a fundamental and essential right and resource. This would also constitute a serious violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In light of these facts, it is clear that elimination of landline service should be prohibited.

Landlines are secure. Cabled phones ensure privacy.
Using mobile phones makes us vulnerable to hackers who commit financial fraud. It makes us vulnerable to terrorists. The National Los Alamos Laboratory does not use WiFi for this reason–it is too easily hacked.

Landlines are reliable.
During power outages and natural disasters, landlines are dependable.

Teleconferencing can be unreliable with broadband connections. Failure to initiate a conference call is a common problem with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) carriers. Teleconference systems often cannot decode the DTMF tones sent by VoIP service providers so that the systems are unable to recognize some of the keys entered for the passcode resulting in failure to initiate the teleconference. VoIP calls are also often dropped midstream.

Wireless telecom equipment can cause disasters. ABC News confirmed on April 26, 2009 that the Malibu, California fires were caused by utility poles overburdened by cellular phone gear.

Landlines are affordable.
We already have the infrastructure for landlines.

Mobile phones fees are unregulated.

Mobile phones and computers need constant repair, upgrades and replacement. Seniors and low-income citizens can’t afford this. Equipment for landlines is durable and economical.

Landlines are easy to use.
Imagine people with Alzheimers or other dementia trying to learn how to initiate computer calls.

Landlines are Green.
As a nation, we must reduce our use of power and greenhouse gas emissions. Corded landlines require minimal electricity compared with antennas that emit radiation continuously. Cellphones require recharging. This is not the time to buy new devices or install new infrastructure that demands more electricity production.

*** The FCC has the duty to facilitate communications for all citizens.

Sample Comment and suggestions for Distribution:

PLEASE submit your Commentary to the FCC here: at:http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FCC-2011-0078-0001

RE: FCC proposal – Developing an Unified Intercarrier Compensation – FCC-2011-0078-0001

Landline service is absolutely essential to many people and must be preserved.

Regards,
Full name

Briefly, the FCC believes that the switched telephone network (i.e. telephone lines and switching centers) is obsolete and should be dismantled. Therefore FCC’s policy is to phase out telephone lines during the coming years and replace them with broadband service. In other words, the FCC wants ordinary telephones to be entirely replaced with cell phones and computers (voice over Internet). The first step is to take money that is now being used to subsidize rural telephone service and subsidize broadband (i.e. Internet) services instead.

The Universal Service Fund is a federal fund paid for by a surcharge on everyone’s long distance telephone bill. Until now, the fund has been used to subsidize telephone service in rural areas, as well as telephone service to people with low incomes, to make sure all Americans have access to a telephone.

This proposal by the FCC would eliminate some subsidies for ordinary telephone services within two years and reallocate Universal Service Fund money to pay for fixed and wireless broadband instead. This is the first step in eliminating the Universal Service Fund itself and creating a “Connect America Fund,” which could only be used to subsidize fixed and wireless broadband.

In addition, the FCC is proposing to reduce the allowable per-minute rate for long distance phone calls, which will make it less profitable for companies to operate landlines.

–thanks to Catherine Kleiber of Electrical Pollution for the information

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