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Tonight was a sad night. Unanimously, the Council struck against the health, safety, and property values of all residents in Encinitas when they voted for the WiMAX installation at La Costa and 101 and denied the appeal.
If you aren't familiar with WiMAX, it is mainly a microwave internet connect. Some call it wi-fi on steroids. It will constantly transmit 24/7. What will be transmitted? Videos for one. Plus, from my understanding , the data from the gas and electric smart meters on every house, apartment, condo, and business. Water is now or will soon be also smart meter watched.
The appeal presentation was very clear on the public health risks that translated into lower selling prices. The Council members offered their usual lame excuse that they couldn't do anything. So, what else is new.
I came home, did a search, and found something that is a shocker. These WiMAX installations may not fall under the FCC's own Telecommunications Act of 1996. Additionally, the group installations may fall under CEQA, something the planning staff forgot to mention.
Below is an excerpt from the site:
"Clearwire’s network design in nearly every case dictates that it use three or four microwave antennas to interconnect each of its sites with that many more other sites, yet the applications I have seen submitted to my government clients are usually coming in one at a time. This piecemeal filing approach raises CEQA questions as Clearwire’s method of submitting individual applications masks the fact that each site is part of a much larger and unified project that cannot operate without the multiple sites communicating with each other, and back to the Clearwire Internet access node (called the POP or point of presence).
For those communities that bar microwave antennas for site-to-site or site-to-switch interconnection because they are unnecessary visual elements, consider whether granting microwave dishes to Clearwire (which is a cost-saving issue for them) will interfere with your future ability to bar or limit microwave antennas to wireless telephone companies.
I recommend that the planning desk look for Sprint/Nextel plans with site numbers formatting like CA-XXX-YYYY, where XXX are three letters related to the county or market where the project is to be located, and YYYY is the specific four digit site number. The site number may be followed by a single letter. If these projects come across the desk, consider whether you are dealing with a single site, or (far) more likely a project, and to proceed with due caution. At the least, consider issuing an incomplete letter and requiring Clearwire to come in and disclose all of their project sites and interconnections, and then consider whether your agency wants to evaluate the entire project under CEQA. More and more governments are now taking that cautious approach."
Here is the site: