Californians Take Action to Stop 5G Streamlining Bills and Why All Americans Should

By B.N. Frank

American opposition to 5G and other unwanted wireless installation continues to increase due to concerns about reduced property value (see 1, 2, 3), public safety (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), health (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), cybersecurity and environmental risks.  Some opponents have described 5G installation as a form of “environmental racism”.

High-speed internet is safer and more secure with a wired internet connection (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).  According to telecom experts who filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Americans have already paid to have safer high-speed internet via fiber optics (see also 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

All Americans could learn a thing or two from Californians.  Their activism against cell towers and antennas being installed near homes, schools, and fire stations pre-dates both 5G and 4G.

From Environmental Health Trust:

Take Action on California Telecom Telecom 5G Streamline Bills – AB537 & SB556

The California State Legislature has introduced two dangerous bills, AB537and SB556, which, if passed, would strip away local control over the deployment of wireless telecommunications facilities, including 5G antennas, in public rights-of-way. Over half the states in the US have passed these industry friendly 5G streamlining bills.

The new CA bills are very similar to a bill  that was ultimately vetoed in California in 2019 – SB 649.  EHT compiled extensive resources from that 2019 fight that can be used to stop AB537 & SB556.  For example, numerous doctors, scientists, and California Cities opposed SB 649. See a list of letters, videos and news stories  on this page documenting the strong opposition.

Take Action Now

This bill is going to the hearing committee APRIL 19th!! Submit your comments in opposition to these two bills as soon as possible.

ACTION TO TAKE: BEFORE NOON, APRIL 14TH SB-556 will be heard before the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee on April 19.


Send comments through this “Position Letter Portal“   link. However if you are writing your own Senator it’s good to do both. Contact your Senator: Link Also contact your local city government. Send them a copy of the opposition letter from the League of California Cities so they can send their own official letter.

To be included in the Committee analysis, letters in support or opposition of a bill must be submitted to the Committee five (5) business days prior to the day of the scheduled hearing on that bill.

Go to the out the “Position Letter Portal” FAQ page for everything you need to know about how to successfully submit your letter of opposition.


“SB 556 “Street Light Poles, Traffic Signal Poles, Utility Poles, and Support Structures: Attachments” is an attempt by the telecommunications industry to undermine local authority while making no meaningful progress towards closing the digital divide in California’s unserved and underserved communities.” Opposition by League of California Cities: Link

Timeline: Key Deadlines & Events

Thursday, April 8, 2021  – 5pm PST
AB537 letters of opposition due 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 12pm PST
SB556 letters of opposition due

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 1:30pm PST
CA Assembly Committee on Local Government meets to discuss AB537
(access the meeting here)

Monday, April 19, 2021 – Time TBD 
CA Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications
meets to discuss SB556
(access the meeting here)

This is a MUST WATCH video on California’s streamlining bill from 2019 highlighting the firefighters fight to keep cell towers off their stations due to the injuries firefighters sustained from the radiation.



Oppose AB 537

Vote No on SB 556


League of Cities Statement on SB 556

California faced a bill like this a few years ago called SB 649

Please utilize these resources below generated during that successful fight.

Letter from Environmental Working Group To California State Officials July 26, 2017 Read the EWG post on SB649. “Cellphone Safety: Industry Pushes to Strip Local Control of High-Speed Networks” by  Olga Naidenko Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor for Children’s Environmental Health.

Article from Dr. Cindy Russell on Impacts of 5G Technology, January 2017

Santa Clara Bulletin, pg. 20-23, “A 5G Wireless Future: Will It Give Us a Smart Nation or Contribute to An Unhealthy One?” by Cindy Russell, January

Letter from the Sierra Club

Letter from Greenlining Insitute

Letter from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), July 19, 2017 “This bill undermines the authority of local government..”

Letter from the Alliance of Nurses for Health Environments

Law Office of Harry  Lehmann“Mass casualties are likely in District 10 from passage of 648, July 6, 2017

Law Office Of Harry Lehmann, Second Letter To The State Of California Liability for Damage From Microwave Radiation Exposure Sustained by Senate Bill 649 Will Be Shifted to California State , July 19, 2017

Law Office of Harry Lehmann  letter dated August 24, 2017,  SB 649 will  disproportionately effect the poor in California. 

Letter From EMF Safety Network and Ecological Options Network

August 14, 2017 Letter by Susan Foster Assembly Appropriations Letter – Fire Station Exemption from SB 649

Radiation Research Trust  Letter of Opposition

Letter from the Marin California Council of Mayors and Council Members Opposing SB 649

Scientists For Wired Technology, 5/30/17: front and back Scientists For Wired Technology 5/31/17:front and back

Letters from the City of Palos Verdes Estates April 12, 2017July 20, 2017

American Planning Association Opposes SB 649 

Berkeley City Council Opposition Letter 

Scientist Letters

Letter from Dr. Lennart Hardell To Governor Jerry Brown on SB649

Letter from Dr. Joel Moskowitz To Governor Jerry Brown on SB649

Beatrice Alexandra Golomb, MD, PhD Lettter in Opposition to SB649

Letter from Dr. Martin Pall in Opposition to SB649

Attachment to Dr. Pall Letter – 142 Microwave Radiation Review Studies

Letter from Dr. Cindy Russell in opposition to SB649 

Letter from Physicians For Safe Technology in opposition to SB649

Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to Chair Aguiar-Curry on SB 649

Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to Governor Jerry Brown on SB649 

Letter from Dr. Paul Ben Ishai in Opposition to SB 649
Letter from Frank Clegg, former President of Microsoft, Canada

Letter from Dr. Sam Milhelm 

Letter from Dr.  John West

Letter From Susan Foster To Governor Brown About Firefighters

FCC Comments by Susan Foster About Firefighters

8/20 National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy Letter to Appropriations Committee

8/21 National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy Letter to Assembly

8/24 National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy Letter to Governor Brown.

See PSA’s below created by organizations calling for a veto to SB 649


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect the public by regulating the telecom industry.  It has catered to the industry instead for decades (see 1, 2).  During the Trump administration lawsuits were filed against the agency for NOT protecting the public from unsafe levels of cell phone and WiFi radiation as well as 5G on Earth (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and in space.

Opposition to 5G is worldwide and the majority of scientists oppose deployment. If you are opposed to 5G, sign and share this letter asking President Biden and Vice President Harris to stop deployment and contact your legislators ASAP.

Activist Post reports regularly about 5G and other unsafe technology.  For more information visit our archives and the following websites.

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