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Guest Opinion: Palo Alto leads in wireless, but needs bandwidth to operate

by Leon Beauchman

A funny thing happened in Palo Alto on the way to the 21st century. There's controversy about the future of wireless technology.

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Leon Beauchman is the director of the Wireless Communication Initiative of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. He can be contacted at [email protected]


Posted by Canary in the Coal Mine
a resident of Downtown North
on May 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

"To date, medical studies in this country and abroad overwhelmingly suggest that RF emissions are not a health risk."

This is the industry position, not a fact. Radio frequency emission limits in this country are based on the amount the microwaves cause physical heating of sample tissue. These obsolete "standards" do not take into account how microwave emissions effect the subtle energy signaling mechanisms used between cells of living beings. Please read The Bioinitiative Report Web Link

Or watch the recent video, Full Signal:

Mercola has some good information as well: Web Link

Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on May 20, 2011 at 8:48 am

This guy works for the applicant, one of the world's largest corporations. He is paid to write this. He was paid to speak at the various public hearings, yet for some reason he never identifies himself as an employee of that firm -- what's up with that? I wonder if his company beyond paying Leon offered Palo Alto Weekly money to run this piece. It probably more rightly should have been a full page ad labeled ADVERTISEMENT or, if it were my paper, CORPORATE PROPAGANDA. The applicant, according to Wall Street Journal is the leading contributor to political campaigns and spends the most on lobbyists. (I wonder if they lobby locally -- is that what Joint Venture is? A lobby for corporate interests? I wonder what founding executive who we knew of originally as a school board stalwart Becky Morgan thinks of what it has become..)
In the lobby of City Hall one night, as I was discussing with a another attendee my position -- pro-resident and therefore suspicious of huge corporations telling us what is best for us, or worse, that we are not allowed by Federal law they paid for to resist at all, on certain grounds, or only within a "shot clock" - this is basketball now? -- Leon Beauchman, without identifying himself stood behind me and taunted -- I called it "woofing" in my blog -- "Corporate power? Harumph!!!"

Beyond the health issues, beyond the intrusions, beyond the aesthetics I oppose this based on anti-trust grounds, the entities involved are "disturbing" -- that's a web 2.0 buzzword -- democracy. I don't mind the dropped calls; I am more worried about Big Brother some day deciding that dissidents, mavericks, non-comformists, cranks and loudmouths should be removed from the system, and they know where we are at every moment thanks to GPS. Look at China and Ai Weiwei. Our "extraordinary rendition" and elimination of habeus corpus is not so different.

I thought the arrogance of the corporate slickies was appalling. And I was disappointed at how council and commissions caved so easily to the pressure. Some of them, especially Greg Scharf and Nancy Shepherd, sound like corporate shills.

How many wires or non-wires can we wrap ourselves in and still be human? Our El Palo Alto looks like a Christmas Tree, in a Terry Gilliam or Philip K. Dick movie.

Web Link

He probably still is a pretty good basketball player; played for SJSU.

Next they will be offering to pay for our garbage collection if we only change our name to Pal o A t t ("pal of AT&T", with their little logo for the final 'o' in 'alto')

Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

"Beyond the health issues,"

What health issues? Provide proven facts, not Tru-Love-style scare tactics.

Posted by Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on May 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Web Link

My main point is that we should discuss these things and not operate at the speed of the industry. "Health issues" is probably too strong a term. "Health questions" "health concerns"
I am referencing the phones not the towers here. And yes, I continue to use the product. But like I said above, I would put up with a few dropped calls to preserve some aesthetics and not feel that I am on their farm.

The link above is New York Times Feb. 22, 2011 "Cellphone Use Tied To Changes In Brain Activity" Puzzling evidence as David Byrne might say.

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