Stop OTARD in Your Community
To protect our health, our children, and the vulnerable, to maintain neighborly relations and our communities, to defend our property and our rights, we must stop OTARD. Watch this video to learn more about OTARD and what you can do.
*This video was created in collaboration with Americans for Responsible Technology.
Community Tool Kit to Stop OTARD
Send Letter to Neighbors
Did You Receive a Solicitation for an Antenna?
Let Us Know
Pledge for Neighbors to Sign
Share With Neighbors
Educate Your Neighbors
Information About Health Effects
Stopping OTARD Depends on You
If you don’t want to wake up in the morning and see a massive base station antenna on your neighbor’s house, you must take action, NOW. These companies are moving fast and so should you. Stopping OTARD in your community depends on YOU.
Because the FCC preempted ALL our rights: You won’t be notified ahead of time. You can’t sue the neighbor or the wireless companies or even enforce HOA and deed restrictions. The only thing you can do is educate your neighbors and community so they will say NO when they receive solicitations. CHD has created a toolkit to get you started.
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Let Us Know If You or Your Neighbor Received a Solicitation
OTARD’s rule amendment preempted the requirement for any applications, permits, or notice. This harms our ability to learn about planned installations and help communities and those affected use the democratic process to effect change.
CHD created a program to track solicitations for the installation of antennas to help warn communities, at least to some degree. Please inform us about solicitations by filling out this form and sharing it with others.
People around the country have been reporting they have been offered money in exchange for installing antennas on their homes or property. Most reported being approached by salespeople who knocked on their doors; others received flyers or emails. Here is an example of a flyer we got a hold of:
“Earn $600 – Get paid for doing nothing while helping your community. Be the first person to provide Internet of Things coverage in your neighborhood.”
Educate Your Neighbors About OTARD
We have created a sample letter that you can use to give your neighbors, friends, and family.
OTARD’s rule amendment will create a “Wireless Wild West” by allowing the installation of wireless transmitting antennas on private homes without requiring any notice to neighboring property owners and by removing any ability to object to their installation or recover damages.
OTARD’s sweeping preemptions and the use of homes for deployment will likely lead to the most significant and rapid proliferation of 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) mesh networks and help speed the 1,000,000 on-the-ground deployments of antennas used by SpaceX satellites, both in urban and rural areas.
OTARD harms our health rights, erodes our property rights and the value of our homes, and adversely affects our privacy and security in our homes.
OTARD antennas are especially dangerous because of their proximity to our homes and our children’s bedrooms. Distance is crucial.
OTARD severely undermines the effectiveness of communities’ and municipalities’ efforts to keep 5G at bay, away from homes and communities. Many homeowners’ associations, municipalities, as well as the Conference of Mayors, objected to the rule. The FCC passed the rule anyway.
OTARD adversely affects neighbor relations. The rule amendment gives people the right to violate their neighbors’ rights and health. Rules of nuisance and trespass are preempted. The rule will tear apart communities. The most acute situation for those whose sickness will be aggravated by exposure that will adversely affect.
OTARD rule amendment preempts federal and state civil rights laws that protect the disabled and their rights for accommodation. The FCC is well aware of the sickness and has received hundreds of personal pleas, including sick children’s parents. Instead of taking action to protect them or at least not harm them, the FCC eliminated ALL of their rights. The FCC is adamant about suppressing any discussion about sickness from wireless and simply treats those who are sick as a “barrier” to deployment. Those who have already been injured and suffer from Radiation Sickness, cancer, neurodevelopmental conditions like ADHD, Autism, as well as anxiety and seizures, will not be entitled to accommodation. Families will be constructively evicted and will have nowhere to go to escape this harmful radiation.
Ask Your Neighbors to Sign the PLEDGE
To help you get more of your neighbors committed to keeping OTARD antennas away from your community, ask your neighbors to sign a pledge that they will say NO to any solicitation to install a transmitting antenna on or inside their home, or any other place on their property. You can use this sample Pledge form and adjust it to your community or create your own. The more signatures you get the greater the chance other neighbors will sign.
Contact Your Congressman
Our Congress members are lobbied heavily by telecom. Last we checked, there were 461 registered telecom lobbyists. These companies spend around $1 billion a year in lobbying money in DC to sway them. Unfortunately, there are many bills in Congress to increase the expansion of wireless. We must educate elected officials about its harms and about OTARD.
- Send them a letter
- Link to CHD’s Docket submission and inform them that 15,090 people joined the letter, 6,231 of whom declared that they and/or their children are already suffering from sickness from wireless radiation.
- Send them a link to CHD’s brief in its case against the FCC
- Link to this table of statements of those who have become sick about the effects the rule will have on them.
- Emphasize that the rule preempts even disability laws in contrast to declared policies adopted by congress.
- Inform them about the other case CHD has against the FCC – a case that challenges the FCC’s decision not to review its alleged “health” guidelines.
- Ask them to take action against OTARD.
- Tell them that you expect their response so you can decide whether to vote for them in the next election.
Educate Your Neighbors About the Health Effects
The harms of the radiation emitted from wireless devices and infrastructure are scientifically proven. Thousands of scientific studies have proven the biological and adverse effects of wireless technology. The harms are not merely potential, but existing and vast. Wireless radiation causes conditions like Radiation Sickness (also known as Electro-Sensitivity or Microwave Sickness) and certain cancers, and it also aggravates other conditions such as ADHD and neurodevelopmental conditions, anxiety, seizures and others.
We have prepared this summary so you can read and learn and also share with your neighbors.
Recommended Websites to Learn More
Physicians for Safe Technology – a group of physicians and health professionals whose mission is to provide trusted leadership in promoting healthy and safe environments through the safer use of technology at home, in schools, in the workplace, in healthcare settings and in communities.
The BioInitiative Report – The Bioinitiative report is the most comprehensive review of studies on the biological effects of EMFs including wireless radiation. It was written by 30 world-leading scientists and public health professionals. The authors reviewed over 3,000 peer-reviewed studies, including about 1,800 on the effects of wireless radiation. Their conclusion: “Bio-effects can also occur from just minutes of exposure to mobile phone masts (cell towers), Wi-Fi, and wireless utility ‘smart’ meters that produce whole-body exposure”.
Safer EMR – Scientific and policy developments regarding the health effects of electromagnetic radiation exposure by Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.
5G Space Appeal – An Emergency Appeal to the World’s Governments by Scientists, Doctors, Environmental Organizations, and Others to stop 5G on earth and space.
Support Our Efforts to Protect Our Rights, Health, and Children
In February 2021, CHD filed a case, challenging the FCC’s OTARD rule. This new case against OTARD is the second case CHD has brought against the FCC. The first lawsuit was filed in February 2020 and challenges the FCC’s obsolete health and safety guidelines regarding 5G and wireless radiation. That case is now awaiting the decision of the US Court of Appeals of the DC Circuit.
The FCC’s disregard for the public interest and its health is notorious. The two cases CHD has filed are a testament to our commitment to demanding FCC accountability on behalf of the American public and our children.
However, these cases are very expensive, and we need your support. The first case cost us close to $500,000; this new case against OTARD is estimated at $300,000. We could not wait to raise the money before filing the case because of a strict timeline. We took a risk. Therefore, we are now asking for your support so we can do the best possible job on this crucial case and maximize our chances to succeed.