May 18, 2022
For Immediate Release
On May 16, Children’s Health Defense and 50 other nonprofits, safe technology and disability advocacy groups filed legal comments with the Federal Communications Commission in response to the FCC’s request for comment on how to “prevent and eliminate digital discrimination.” The proceeding was required by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and President Biden’s Executive Order 13985. The cosigners include Frank Clegg, former president of Microsoft Canada and founder of Canadians for Safe Technology and Dr. Kent Chamberlin, of New Hampshire’s pioneering 5G Commission.
Children’s Health Defense (CHD) and the other “Advocates for the EMS disabled” called for acceptance, affirmance and inclusion of the Electromagnetically Sensitive or EMS disabled community, an increasingly large swath of the disability community that has been harmed by wireless technology such as cell towers, smart meters, Wi-Fi and mobile phones.
EMS is a term that has been used since 2002 by the U.S. Access Board, an independent federal agency designed to advise the government on guidelines for accommodation. The Access Board promised an effort to remove barriers-to-access for the EMS disabled. Twenty years later, however, that promise has not been fulfilled.
The legal comments explained that the EMS disabled community experiences a unique form of “digital discrimination.”
Advocates for the EMS Disabledsupports the Commission’s enunciated goals to advance “equity in the provision of and access to digital communication services and products for all people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or disability.” They observed, however, that the EMS disabled are suffering largely because of the FCC’s own actions, since it is the agency pushing to flood all parts of the country and invade people’s homes with wireless radiation – even if it severely harms millions of Americans – and has so far refused to accept or recognize the condition even exists.
“The FCC is actively forcing wireless exposure that it knows is hurting people,” said Holland. “The FCC is well aware of the grievous injuries it is causing but it persists. The FCC is creating a form of digital discrimination that leads to great harm. Those with severe symptoms are functionally excluded from public participation since almost all public spaces are flooded with RF. This technology emits a toxin that significantly impacts their brain and other organs, triggering disabling headaches, ‘brain fog’, vertigo, difficulty sleeping, skin rashes and a host of other symptoms. We are all for equity and we have a history of supporting the disabled. What could be more unfair than forcing this technology on people whose bodies perceive it as a toxin and create often profoundly disabling symptoms.”
CHD and the 50 cosigners argue that with cell towers built literally in front of people’s homes with no notification, no say on the part of the disabled and no recourse when local city councils say the FCC has tied their hands, the disabled cannot even take refuge in their own homes. They are driven out and made more miserable in a sometimes hostile and threatening environment.
“Those who cannot be around RF, with estimates of between 3% and 30% of the population being adversely affected must have the ability, as a matter of right, to access wired (fiber-based) broadband” said Holland. “Otherwise, they will functionally be denied access to any broadband at all.”
Children’s Health Defense’s comments were accompanied by a white paper written by Susan Foster and Odette J. Wilkins, “Eliminating Digital Discrimination for the EMS Disabled.” The paper provides suggestions for accommodation, including “wireless free zones” in public places.
Children’s Health Defense is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to end childhood health epidemics by working aggressively to eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable, and establish safeguards to prevent future harm. For more information, visit ChildrensHealthDefense.org.
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