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Madison’s Smart Meter Fight in the News

Dumb Meter Update – Madison’s Smart Meter Fight in the News

As national concerns multiply about the dumb idea called “smart meters,” see what USA TODAY has to say about Madison citizens efforts to get its public water utility to “get smart.” MEJO President Maria Powell is quoted, “The whole premise that people are going to go online and look at their water usage day to day, it’s baloney. Most people aren’t going to do that.” The article came our February 15th, with the title, “Foes fight the tide of ‘smart’ water meters.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/01/smart-water-meters-fight-utilities/1884677/

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Smart Meter Opt Out Victory!

Smart Meters: A Risk to Public Health and the Environment

On October 24, 2012, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved a smart meter opt out for Madison Water Utility customers, a resounding victory for smart people against stupid meters. (See an article here.)

Against great odds, Madison Water Utility customers have forced the utility to offer a smart meter opt out, allowing these savvy people a way to keep potentially harmful, intrusive microwave radio frequency radiation devices out of their homes.

In many communities, elected officials united with citizens to fight utilities’ effort to force this harmful technology on people (see 57 CA Govts Demand a Halt). But in Madison, Wisc., elected officials united with the utility to fight its own citizens. Deeply ironic for a community that prides itself on its liberal democratic traditions. More about this watershed anti-democratic event here and the know-nothing, corporate-regurgitation actions of public officials here.

See what the experts think of smart meters here:

Smart Meters: Correcting the Gross Misinformation http://maisonsaine.ca/category/construction-verte/

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Smart Meters: A Risk to Public Health and the Environment

Smart People Against Stupid Meters

Smart meter technology has emerged as a major new pathway for human exposure to radiofrequency radiation, which the World Health Organization has classified a possible human carcinogen. A variety of health effects from exposure to microwaves is well known, though the regulatory approach varies dramatically from country to country.

Microwaves are the part of the radio frequency spectrum that cell phones, wifi and smart meters broadcast within. The technology that each of these varies, but radiofrequency radiation is a concern from all these sources. For most of us, radio frequencies, microwaves, etc. are challenging topics to understand. A good primer can be found here.

A group of concerned citizens in Madison, Wisconsin has been learning about smart meters and has challenged the City of Madison implementation of smart meter technology for its Water Utility. MEJO has been involved in providing technical and organizing assistance for this group, called “Stop Smart Meters Madison”.

MEJO has worked to share scientific studies with local decision makers, but has found a strange total denial of all health concerns. See more here.

MEJO has been helping citizens engage with local decision makers at the city council, city hall and committee level. Another oddly uniform fingers-in-the ears, “I-can’t-hear-you” response is described here.

While many cities across the country have worked with their citizens to provide opt out opportunities or have challenged smart meter technology implementation by electric and gas utilities, in Madison, Wisconsin, it’s the city that is fighting its own citizens on behalf of a water utility and global telecommunications corporations like Itron, Inc. Strange indeed.

UPDATE: On October 24, 2012, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved a smart meter opt out for Madison Water Utility customers, a resounding victory for smart people against stupid meters. (See an article here.)

 

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