DEADLINE EXTENDED – Action Alert: Demand the FCC Recognize Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EMS) and Prioritize #FiberFirst
Tell the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to recognize Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EMS) as a legitimate health condition, accommodate those disabled by it and demand #FiberFirst.
With this new rule, the FCC wants to ensure everyone has access to wireless high-speed internet. Despite mounting evidence that radiofrequency (RF) radiation from wireless technology is harmful to people and the environment, the FCC is charging forward.
After receiving hundreds of comments urging the FCC to recognize the EMS-disabled community and prioritize fiber technology in its rulemaking process, the FCC has done neither. We need your help to let them know this is unacceptable!
Before April 20, we need to repeat our concerns to the FCC about the risks and harms of wireless technology on our children and vulnerable populations by submitting comments in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking phase. We must also share these concerns with our elected officials, who must hold government agencies accountable for their decisions.
Take action by completing the form and submitting official comments.
What is EMS?
Prevalence estimates indicate that up to 30% of the population is affected by EMS — a condition where radiofrequency radiation emitted from smartphones, WiFi, cell towers, smart meters, etc., produces adverse health effects or worsening of existing health conditions. Symptoms of EMS:
- Cognitive impairment
- Sleep disruption
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Skin rashes
- Behavioral problems
- Mood swings
We Must Advocate for Disability Rights
The EMS community is large in number but often cannot attend public policy and zoning meetings due to wireless exposure.
Those with severe symptoms are functionally excluded from public participation, and those with nearby wireless facilities, such as cell towers, cannot even take refuge in their homes.
What We Are Proposing
- The FCC should prioritize “fiber to the premises (FTTP)” solutions. FTTP is the installation of optical fiber directly to individual homes, multi-dwelling units, schools, municipal buildings and businesses to provide high-speed broadband access. The FCC should rely on fixed wireless only when fully wired is technically impossible. The main purpose of mobile wireless is to support mobility, not to be a substitute for wired fixed arrangements.
- Allow equal access to broadband in a form that does not threaten or worsen the health and well-being of RF-sensitive individuals, especially those with EMS disabilities. Individuals who cannot be around RF must have the ability, as a matter of right, to obtain wired (fiber-based) broadband.
- Provide RF-free “safe zones” in public spaces and buildings to ensure inclusion in public life.
What You Can Do
- Complete the form below to email FCC committee decision-makers and your federal elected representatives.
- Use our customizable prepared response (at the bottom of this page) or write your own and submit a comment directly to the FCC.
If the form below does not appear, use this page.
Customizable Prepared Response
Instructions: Select and copy the text below, open the FCC comment page and paste the text in the “Brief Comments Field”.