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Guest Opinion: Danville residents should voice concerns about cell wireless equipment safety to legislators


I spoke at the last Town Council meeting with concerns about the new distances from "any residential dwelling." The council spoke of the urgency of passing these resolutions so that our wireless ordinance could be "as strong as possible and follow FCC regulations."

After passing these resolutions the council said they could then change them if needed. I think we need to change those distances ASAP. Nowhere in the FCC regulations does it state minimum setback. Local municipalities have control over that aspect and I think the council should initiate that change before it is too late.

Nicholas Vasallo
Verizon admitted that their 5G antennas reach up to 1,500 feet, and much farther if using 4G. They insist these sites are for 4G densification. I think a modest distance would be cutting that buffer in half, 750 feet from any residence. I was hoping the change in wireless ordinance would truly strengthen our existing ordinance.

But how does changing setback from 250 feet to 50 feet strengthen Danville's wireless ordinance and protect our citizens? The conversation about distances must be discussed, and there should be some type of language that prevents installations within a certain distance from a home.

Beyond changing and strengthening our local ordinance, we need to push, push as many people as possible to write letters to our congressman to pass H.R. 530 ! If this passes it would give control back to local communities and override the FCC shot clock.

This is a sure way to dismantle the FCC's mandates and buys us time to figure out what is right for our towns, time for more science to develop, safer alternatives etc.

See my draft letter/email to our congressmen, other legislators below -- encouraging passing of H.R. 530 -- we can customize and blanket out to our respective groups?!

Our congressmen for 94526 are: Congressman Mark DeSaulnier ( or Congressman Eric Swalwell (


Dear (fill in legislator's name)

On behalf of the Town of Danville we are writing to express our support of H.R. 530, the "Accelerating Wireless Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019," and urge you to co-sponsor this bill. H.R. 530 repeals recent harmful FCC regulations limiting the ability of local governments to regulate the deployment of 5G wireless infrastructure.

Last year, the FCC adopted regulations limiting the authority of cities and states to regulate small cell sites (e.g., attachments to street light and utility poles) needed for the deployment of 5G. The FCC's regulations sharply limit the type and amount of fees cities and states may charge for profit-generating use of public property, set "shot clocks" as low as 60 days for cities and states to conduct all necessary inspections and authorize proposals, and drastically limit non-fee requirements cities and states may institute. The regulations began taking effect on January 14, 2019.

We all want to ensure efficient, safe, and appropriate deployment of new broadband technology. However, this sweeping regulation is not the best approach. The City of Danville urges you to support and co-sponsor H.R. 530, and to work together with local governments to find the best solution for effective 5G deployment that meets the diverse needs of our nation's many unique communities.


(Your name here)

Editor's note: Nicholas Vasallo, DMA, is a Danville resident since 1989, father of two, and husband. Since 2018, Vasallo has written and voiced his concerns to Danville officials about the proliferation of close proximity microwave radiation antennas (CPMRA) close to homes and children.

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6 people like this
Posted by Franette Armstrong
a resident of San Ramon
on May 6, 2019 at 9:12 am

Thank you so much for this! We all have to do what we can to get back local control. Then we have to do what we can to make our city leaders act in her best interests.

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Posted by dbrower
a resident of Alamo
on May 10, 2019 at 9:38 pm

There aren't any health concerns from cell phone towers. The FCC has jurisdiction to keep local fear-mongering from getting in the way of the services we all consume and increasing rates. Being anti-cell facility is like being anti-vaccination, uninformed and ultimately counterproductive.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of another community
on May 17, 2019 at 5:48 pm

Please don't send this letter. As the poster above correctly indicated, there are no health issues associated with cell towers.

There are real safety problems with gaps in coverage such as when emergency services can't be contacted because a location is out of coverage.

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Posted by Kelsey
a resident of Danville
on May 20, 2019 at 10:20 am

How many of us are reading this article from our cell phones?

5 people like this
Posted by Drather
a resident of Alamo
on May 31, 2019 at 8:41 am

What's the frequency, Franneth?

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Posted by Dr. Ralph Gunderson
a resident of Danville
on Jun 19, 2019 at 9:27 am

The most informed, knowledgeable people are the ones who are NOT in denial about the negative impacts of this extremely toxic technology. Throughout my research on this topic, I have found that most supporters of 5G are uniformed, misguided, and are in denial because they want their faster download speeds. So, thank you to Dr. Vasallo for writing this article and informing the public about the reality of fifth generation wireless.

What most pro-5G people fail to understand (or are unwilling to admit) is that this is a different technology than 4G. Earlier generations of wireless utilize frequencies in the megahertz range. Fifth generation wireless uses gigahertz frequencies, which are millimeter waves. These higher frequencies are shorter, more powerful waves that penetrate the skin – particularly the eyes and testes. Children are at much greater risk due to their exponentially higher absorption of this man-made microwave radiation, which is 10x greater as their brains and bodies are still developing.

The safety of 5G is only measured by thermal heating – how much it heats the skin. The levels that the FCC requires wireless transmissions to adhere to are from 1996. Significant technological advances have occurred in 21st century that the FCC is not taking into account, which are vastly different from the 20th century technologies. We know for certain that these safety standards must be revisited to protect people.

TRILLIONS of dollars have been invested into 5G – from research, infrastructure, false marketing, “campaign contributions” and more. The Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, came from Verizon. Many who work for the FCC are former Verizon, AT&T and other wireless industry employees. They are the government! Industry is writing the U.S. laws about how 5G can be deployed, and it is being done without regard to independent, peer-reviewed research PROVING the negative health impacts. Local rights are being usurped by the FCC’s push to get this technology installed anywhere and everywhere possible. All the rules are being changed to support wireless, not individuals. Even the OTARD rules are being changed to allow private citizens to host a 5G tower on their home/property, without regard for their neighbors who would be at risk (and might already suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity).

The people commenting in favor of 5G typically work for the wireless industry or they only care about the false promises of this technology (note that it has already failed in many of the large cities where it was rolled out across the globe). These people fail to understand (or acknowledge) the biological, neurological, and other adverse effects of high power, directed beams on human DNA.

If this 5G deployment fails, the rich will no longer get richer from this horrifying human subject (without consent) experiment. This is a David vs Goliath battle. It’s about choosing profit over people. It’s about having the wrong priorities. It’s about being unwilling to be flexible and delay this massive destruction until more research has been done and people can somehow protect themselves. The advancement of technology should never be more important than the safety of our children. It is worth waiting for longitudinal studies. But, the people who are willing to be patient and wait are vastly different from those wanting faster download speeds at ANY cost.
-Dr G

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Posted by BobB
a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2019 at 7:23 pm

@"Dr. Ralph Gunderson",

There is so much wrong with what you typed, I don't know where to begin.

You said "5G ... is a different technology than 4G ... utilize frequencies in the megahertz range ... Fifth generation wireless uses gigahertz frequencies ..."

That is simply wrong. 4G LTE has been using "gigahertz frequencies" for many years all over the world. Common LTE bands are 1.9 and 2.1 GHz.

You said "These higher frequencies are ... waves that penetrate the skin"

All radio waves "penetrate the skin" and penetrate walls and buildings and so on. That's what makes them useful. This is true of _all_ radio waves: TV, AM and FM radio, wireless, police, aviation, marine radio and so on. This has been true for more than a century. This is nothing new. The key is that the energy in each photon is so weak. That is what makes them harmless to living things. The energy in a 5g photon is millions of time lower than that of visible light. The photons of light from a common flashlight are much more energetic than 5g cell photons.

You wrote "without regard to independent, peer-reviewed research PROVING the negative health impacts."

No such studies exist.

You wrote:

" ... to allow private citizens to host a 5G tower on their home/property, without regard for their neighbors who would be at risk (and might already suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity)."

People can and do already install their own WiFi routers and cell boosters. It is both safe and legal. "electromagnetic hypersensitivity" is a psychological problem, not an actual physical condition. This has been proven in legitimate studies.

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And on and on. I won't bother to address the rest of it.

Stop the fear mongering.

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