Victorians beware: New push to install smart meters!

It has come to SSMA’s attention that Victorian power distributors are once again targeting residences that refused a smart meter during the 2009-2014 state-mandated rollout of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).

Despite the Victorian government’s 2014 Order in Council stating, in the case of account holder refusal, that a distributor is not required to comply with the requirement that a remotely read interval meter must be installed until such time as “refusal is withdrawn or access to install a remotely read interval meter is otherwise available”, distributors continue in their attempts to sneak radiation-emitting infrastructure on to residences.

A ‘Notice of Meter Upgrade’ that was recently mailed to customers from United Energy states “We are advising you that a qualified meter technician will carry out the installation of the AMI meter at your property…”.  At least this customer was given some forewarning.  It has been reported that a customer in Powercor’s catchment area found her notice of refusal ripped off, and a smart meter installed.

AusNet Services customers can also expect to find their meters targeted – but for many of these customers it will be because the radiofrequency communications card in their WiMAX-networked smart meter has died.  According to information referred to by the Australian Energy Regulator in its 2016 to 2020 determination for AusNet Services, these modules only have a design life of seven years, and the manufacturer had advised that “chipsets and other components used in the WiMAX communications modules are no longer available to purchase”.  Consequently, AusNet Services has adopted “a reactive approach in which WiMAX hardware is replaced with mesh radio equivalents when a failure is observed”.  This strategy might provide those AusNet Services customers who had the misfortune to have a WiMAX smart meter installed on their residence, and who haven’t yet had their meter converted, a window of opportunity to make sure their meter remains a much safer, non-communicating meter!

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Online health summit | Are EMFs killing you and your children?

FREE from 18 24 September  (U.S. Eastern time)

Are you concerned about the ocean of EMFs we’re drowning in (mobile phones, WiFi, smart meters, Bluetooth, and even common household appliances)?  Scientists are already sounding the alarm about the health dangers posed to you and your family …and 5G is just around the corner!

This online health summit, put together by Lloyd Burrell, features nearly 3 dozen interviews with some of the world’s leading experts in this area.  You’ll learn a lot of information that you can use to protect not only yourself but your children from the dangers of EMF exposures.

Interviewees include Joseph Mercola, MD, Olle Johansson, PhD, Camilla Rees, MBA, Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, Paul Héroux, PhD, Lloyd Morgan, Senior Researcher, Environmental Health Trust, Frank Clegg, Ex-CEO Microsoft Canada, and David Carpenter, MD.

To register for the EMF Health Summit 2018, go to:


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Petition | Please test 5G technology BEFORE it is rolled out

A petition addressed to Australia’s Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, calls for thorough and independent testing of 5G for potential long-term adverse health effects before this technology is rolled out in Australia.

The petition points out that the health effect issue of 5G is potentially very controversial as the communications industry is massive and 5G technology will be quite pervasive – but its long-term health effects on humans are largely unknown.

Please consider signing this petition if you care about this issue.

To view the text for the petition, and to sign, go to:

Note that the petition says that by signing you will receive campaign emails from CommunityRun and GetUp Australia.  However, you can unsubscribe from these messages at any time by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link on the bottom of these emails.

Previous SSMA posts on 5G include:

Also check out Senator Patrick Colbeck from Michigan speak about the dangers of 5G to the U.S House Energy Policy Committee.

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Take Back Your Power 2017 now permanently free to view!

The award-winning documentary Take Back Your Power uncovers the shocking story behind why hundreds of local governments are standing against the multi-billion dollar rollout of ‘smart’ utility meters. Take a journey of revelation, examining evidence of in-home privacy invasions, systemic over-billing, extortion, health & environmental harm, fires and unprecedented hacking vulnerability. And be inspired by emerging solutions.

With compelling insight from whistleblowers, government agents, lawyers, doctors, researchers and environmentalists, Take Back Your Power investigates the claimed benefits and emerging risks of a profit-based global initiative that seeks to change the way we live. What you’ll discover will surprise, unsettle and ultimately empower you.

This final cut has 20% new content since the original 2013 release.

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Awards won:
Leo Awards, Best Feature Length Documentary Program 
AwareGuide Transformational Film of the Year
Indie Fest Annual Humanitarian Award
NaturalHealth365 Film Of The Year


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The Problem with 5G – PC Magazine

The technology might be the problem, but even worse for the companies behind it is the perception that 5G is already unsafe before they even get it on a single pole.

If you read the barrage of scary literature about 5G mobile phone technology, specifically the use of millimeter wave frequencies to transmit data, you must conclude that it is a bad bet.

I’m not saying this because the technology does not work. It’s a bad bet because so little is known about the effects of millimeter waves (30GHz-300GHz). While these frequencies only permeate a small fraction of the human epidermis (the skin), the effect on the cornea, in particular, needs serious research.

Because the industry is too cheap to study the health effects of the technology itself, it lets this sort of product out the door despite the fact that it has already been weaponized by the military. These frequencies are so poor at travelling long distances, they need a transmitter on nearly every telephone pole and light pole to make 5G work.

5G is already getting some bad publicity, which could result in everything from bans on the technology to equipment destruction by vigilantes.

Of course, when you read deeper into what the chip and telecom companies are trying to do, you quickly discover that many systems calling themselves 5G are currently 4G mods using 5G as a marketing tool. Let’s ignore that scam and stay focused on millimeter waves.

As usual, the mostly arrogant (or naïve) technology industry is caught flat-footed at the negative reaction. It always figures that the stupid public will buy into anything new and jazzy if it makes their handheld phone seem a little faster, and even pay more for the privilege of the upgrade.

One of the ways the industry has made this all work in the past is by quick implementation followed by a “Hey look it works! Nobody was killed” approach. That cannot happen with true 5G, which needs all these mini-towers all over the place. That leaves plenty more time for the public to get a clue and be freaked out.

When you do a search for “5G is Safe” on Google and Bing, you get a number of negative stories and a laundry list of why some people believe it’s unsafe. Companies may as well begin to market a 5G mobile phone with a skull and crossbones on it.

If this bad PR is somehow reversed and 5G takes over the market, I will be shocked. The way it is going does not bode well for any of it.

John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine

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Victory! U.S. State of New Mexico Rejects Smart Meters

Recently the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission denied Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM) application to install smart meters.

The Reasons for rejecting the installation of smart meters include:

  • No net public benefit, no evaluation of alternatives and the public interest
  • PNM’s unlicensed contractor and PNM’s repeated inability to accurately specify the qualifications required for a contractor
  • The uncertainty of savings for ratepayers: imminent rate increases, the risk that lifetime costs will exceed savings
  • Disproportionate benefits for investors: elimination of financial risks for investors, immediate increase in investor earnings, PNM’s requests that the Commission find the AMI capital costs and expenses are reasonable and prudent, full recovery of undepreciated costs and customer education costs as regulatory assets
  • Discretionary project — insufficient demonstration of need and no plans to use AMI for energy efficiency
  • Opt-out fees do not provide meaningful opportunity to opt-out: unreasonableness of fees , health concerns, safety concerns
  • Job losses
  • Recent and future rate increases

Evidence about health effects was discussed at length: “Customers who have strong feelings about the health effects of the meters should be allowed to protect their stated health concerns without a prohibitively high cost.”

The decision goes on to state: “The conditions of the portion of the population who believe  they are electromagnetically sensitive deserve acknowledgment and consideration as decisions are made regarding the implementation of an AMI Project. Accommodations could include reasonable opt-out provisions and fees and perhaps the selection of technologies that minimize the impacts on such people. Such accommodations may be desirable to minimize health risks to customers and address the needs and preferences of PNM’s customers. These are issues that can and should be addressed in a public input process of the sort PNM stated in its 2012 Report that it would conduct before bringing a smart meter proposal to the Commission for approval.”

The PRC Chairman Sandy Jones concluded that the AMI program “was clearly not in the best interest of the public.”

The decision means there will not be smart meters in the near future in New Mexico’s metropolitan areas.

Let’s hope that Australian state governments will wake up to the fact that there are no net benefits to the customer in installing smart meters, and that at the very least, people who are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation should be catered for. But then again, are our state governments more interested in people or profits for multinational corporations????

Sources: 1 2 3 4

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Six reasons to say no to a smart meter | The Telegraph

The great smart meter revolution has faltered and households can choose, once again, to opt out and keep hold of their old-fashioned utility meters which require manual reading.

When they were introduced in 2009, smart meters were supposed to simplify the billing process and ensure readings were up to date and accurate. But the roll-out has been plagued with problems – as explained below.

Now, according to research conducted by, one in five people do not want one.

The Government had originally said that every household would be set up with a smart meter by 2020 – and nearly seven million have been installed so far – but in June the Government subtly downgraded this requirement. Now every home will be “offered” a smart meter by 2020, with no obligation to take one.

The controversy around smart meters is more so because it is the Government’s job to set overall energy policy, not the job of suppliers, and the move away from carbon-based energy sources, the national roll-out of smart meters, and the expansion of renewables and nuclear power has cost consequences, with the consumer expected to pick up the tab.

Every household will, ultimately, pay for the new meter roll-out via their bills. As energy companies are quick to say, this is one reason why bills are rising.

1) Smart meters could make it harder to switch gas and electricity providers

2) Smart meters don’t bring an end to estimated bills (or billing errors)

3) Smart meters won’t work if you have a poor signal in your area

4) The display units linked to smart meters are crude and difficult to understand

5) There’s little evidence so far that smart meters will save energy – or money

6) Smart meters ‘pose security and other risks’

See Six reasons to say no to a smart meter to read the full article.

Note, SSMA adds a 7th reason – the debilitating health effects of smart meters constantly pulsating microwave radio frequencies into people’s homes.
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