Allow a Smart Meter in Your Home—or Face Arrest!

February 5, 2013
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smartmeterIllinois mothers were arrested for preventing the installation of “smart meters” on their properties. It could happen to you. Action Alert!

Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, has started the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative which requires so-called smart meters to be installed in every home. Residents opposed to the smart meters have been fighting the initiative for over two years.

One of those residents, Jennifer Stahl, refused to give utility workers access to her backyard through her locked gate. In 2011 Stall had spoken before the Naperville City Council to advocate against the smart meter program. The police were called, and the police sergeant said the workers had authorization to access the meter, but Stahl stood her ground. The lock on Stahl’s fence was cut, and when she wouldn’t step away from the meter, Stahl was handcuffed and arrested for “interfering with a police officer.”

“The city has always had and maintains the right to access our equipment, and today we were simply exercising that right,” Naperville City Manager Doug Kreiger told the Chicago Tribune.

Another Naperville resident, Malia “Kim” Bendis, was arrested on two misdemeanors for resisting a police officer and attempted eavesdropping when she filmed police on the scene, despite a recent federal court ruling that the state of Illinois’s ban on recording police officers in the line of duty was unconstitutional. The US Supreme Court upheld that ruling in November.

The group Naperville Smart Meter Awareness has filed motions to dismiss the charges and to grant temporary restraining orders for residents refusing the meters. There is a pending federal lawsuit as well.

As we reported in 2011, the meters work on a wireless radio frequency (RF) system, and many people are concerned about the meters’ threat to their health. There are already over 2,000 studies showing negative effects of RF radiation, despite the manufacturers’ safety claims. People with the meters installed on their homes have reported symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, and tinnitus.

A growing body of research points to the health risk of RF and extremely low frequency (ELF) radio waves. Studies show that RF radiation from cell phones have been linked to brain damage, early onset Alzheimer’s, senility, DNA damage, and sperm die-offs; the RF signal from smart meters is much stronger, so the effects will likely be proportionately dramatic. The World Health Organization reversed its stance on RF from cell phones, now calling them “possibly carcinogenic,” and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine has called for a moratorium on the installation of transmitting utility meters:

The current medical literature raises credible questions about genetic and cellular effects, hormonal effects, male fertility, blood/brain barrier damage and increased risk of certain types of cancers from RF or ELF levels similar to those emitted from “smart meters.” Children are placed at particular risk for altered brain development, and impaired learning and behavior….The American Academy of Environmental Medicine finds it unacceptable from a public health standpoint to implement this technology until these serious medical concerns are resolved.

Opponents of the smart meters have also cited security concerns, because the meters are capable of tracking exactly when a customer is using electricity, and opponents fear it would allow strangers to know when they are home or have gone to work. Some fear hackers could access that information.

The city maintains that homeowners can opt out of the wireless transmitters but only by substituting those with an alternative meter at a high fee. The Tribune reports there is a $68.35 initial fee for the alternative meter plus a $24.75 monthly fee for manually reading it. Stahl said residents who want a non-wireless meter should not have to pay for it.

The arrests that happened in Illinois could happen in your state. States have a patchwork of laws governing whether residents can opt out of smart meters, and whether there is a fee associated with opting out. These other states allow residents to opt out of having a smart meter: California (up to a $75 analog meter set-up fee and up to a $10 monthly reading), Maine ($40 set up, $12/month), Maryland (fee to be determined, but a grassroots coalition is planning to introduce a bill to eliminate the fee), Michigan (proposed $87 fee, and $15 monthly), Nevada ($108 opt-out fee for northern NV and $99 for Southern NV, $8 monthly charge), and Oregon ($254 analog set up fee, $51 monthly charge).

In other states, there is no alternative option offered. For example, in Virginia, residents have been told to accept the meter or have their electricity turned off. The problem, of course, is that electricity companies are usually government-supported monopolies, so they really don’t have to worry about what their customers want.

Action Alert! In New Hampshire and Virginia, there is legislation pending that would require customer consent before installing a smart meter; a bill in Maine would eliminate the opt-out fee. If you live in one of these states, we have a special, targeted action alert on these bills. If you live in any state that has no opt-out law, or an opt-out law for a fee, please contact your legislators today and demand that opting out of the smart meter be free of any fees. Please take action immediately!


New Hampshire

Support HB454, a bill that would allow a smart meter opt-out.

New Hampshire Action Alert

Virginia

Support SB 797, a bill that would allow a smart meter opt-out.

Virginia Action Alert

Maine

Support LD 94, a bill that would remove the smart meter opt-out fee.

Maine Action Alert

California, Michigan, Nevada, and Oregon

Tell your state legislators to pass a law prohibiting utilities from charging customers a fee just because they want to opt out of having a smart meter installed on their property.

Action Alert

All other states

Your state needs a bill that would prohibit electric utility companies from installing a smart meter on a customer’s premises—or requiring a customer to use any advanced meter—unless the customer has requested it, without having to pay a fee.

If your action alert doesn’t go through, you’re in luck, your state either already has a free opt-out law, or has no plans to install smart meters at all.

Action Alert

84 Responses to “Allow a Smart Meter in Your Home—or Face Arrest!”

  1. John Hayes says:

    Potentially unhealthy readers do not serve people, they serve the utility companies which are monopolistic and need no further help.

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  2. Daniel Safron says:

    Hard to understand why government peace officers would arrest citizens who do not wish to have a meter attached to their homes that research has shown to be detrimental to human health.

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  3. june says:

    I wonder if Tennessee does this. I know a couple of years ago the electric company installed a new meter at our house. I am to believe that it is less costly for the company to monitor the use of electricity. Is that the same thing you guys are talking about? I wasn’t given an option of using anything else. That was just the way it was and nothing I could do about it. I wasn’t even aware that there was a problem until I read this.

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  4. In Fred Grimm’s ‘In My Opinion’ article titled, ‘What those smart meters really do’, he takes the very serious issue and devolves it into halfhearted portrayal of only people opposed to the smart meters are those that fear it is a plan for The U.N. to secretly send private information of the smart meter users. Making the only reasons for the people to oppose the smart meters seem like delusions from a crazy people. As Alliance for Natural Health’s article ‘Allow a Smart Meter in Your Home—or Face Arrest!’ Internet article points out, ”Illinois mothers were arrested for preventing the installation of “smart meters” on their properties. As we reported in 2011, the meters work on a wireless radio frequency (RF) system, and many people are concerned about the meters’ threat to their health. There are already over 2,000 studies showing negative effects of RF radiation, despite the manufacturers’ safety claims. People with the meters installed on their homes have reported symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, and tinnitus.”
    The other problem that is completely ignored by Mr. Grimm is that with these meters transmitting their own readings, there is no need to hire meter readers. Thus, that adds to the huge number of people that are unemployed and cannot buy what are employers sell. Mr. Grimm article communicates that in so many words, smart meter saves customers money; however, As Alliance for Natural Health’s article ‘Allow a Smart Meter in Your Home—or Face Arrest!’ Internet article points out, “The problem, of course, is that electricity companies are usually government-supported monopolies, so they really don’t have to worry about what their customers want.” Thus, he ignorantly forgets that electricity companies are usually government-supported monopolies having to pay meter readers is a drop in the bucket (compared to the huge profits they pull in) there are no reasons why these monopolies have to pass the costs of hiring meter readers on to their customers.
    So with the obvious and scientifically proven health and unemployment problems caused by smart meters; one has to wonder if The Miami Herald’s usually better columnist Fred Grimm did any real research on his article or if he just took electricity companies’ talking points and made his article.

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  5. My submission to The Miami Herald-

    In Fred Grimm’s ‘In My Opinion’ article titled, ‘What those smart meters really do’, he takes the very serious issue and devolves it into halfhearted portrayal of only people opposed to the smart meters are those that fear it is a plan for The U.N. to secretly send private information of the smart meter users. Making the only reasons for the people to oppose the smart meters seem like delusions from a crazy people. As Alliance for Natural Health’s article ‘Allow a Smart Meter in Your Home—or Face Arrest!’ Internet article points out, ”Illinois mothers were arrested for preventing the installation of “smart meters” on their properties. As we reported in 2011, the meters work on a wireless radio frequency (RF) system, and many people are concerned about the meters’ threat to their health. There are already over 2,000 studies showing negative effects of RF radiation, despite the manufacturers’ safety claims. People with the meters installed on their homes have reported symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, and tinnitus.”
    The other problem that is completely ignored by Mr. Grimm is that with these meters transmitting their own readings, there is no need to hire meter readers. Thus, that adds to the huge number of people that are unemployed and cannot buy what are employers sell. Mr. Grimm article communicates that in so many words, smart meter saves customers money; however, As Alliance for Natural Health’s article ‘Allow a Smart Meter in Your Home—or Face Arrest!’ Internet article points out, “The problem, of course, is that electricity companies are usually government-supported monopolies, so they really don’t have to worry about what their customers want.” Thus, he ignorantly forgets that electricity companies are usually government-supported monopolies having to pay meter readers is a drop in the bucket (compared to the huge profits they pull in) there are no reasons why these monopolies have to pass the costs of hiring meter readers on to their customers.
    So with the obvious and scientifically proven health and unemployment problems caused by smart meters; one has to wonder if The Miami Herald’s usually better columnist Fred Grimm did any real research on his article or if he just took electricity companies’ talking points and made his article.

    Jason Nall,
    25050 SW 189th Ave.,
    Community of Redland, NW of Homestead, Fl. 33031
    (305) 898-4671

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  6. Eric Zuber says:

    These citizens could opt out of the grid all together by installing a solar system with battery back up. Solar is cheap enough now, $1 a watt for panels, that a 10 ~ 15 KW system could be installed for about the cost of a new SUV. It will pay for itself and then generate free electricity for probably 50 years or more. I have run our homestead on solar and wind, (with the recent addition of a small quiet Honda 2000i gas generator) for about 30 years.

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  7. The meters work on a wireless radio frequency (RF) system,….Everything is wireless, I guess you need to stay off your computer, etc…Did you know that almost everything that you buy, encluding your underware… has RFDI chips in them? Yes, Walmart will not even purchase anything without the chip, so that it can be traced for inventory. I will tell you this…trust the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH…..You will not get away from the wireless and RFDI chips…but the Lord will protect you IF YOU BELIEVE…

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  8. Linda Chamberlin says:

    I don’t really know what to say about this because it’s unthinkable. Forcing someone to get something like this is like forcing a luddite into a smartphone or some other similar techno gadget that actually doesn’t improve life unless you think it does. If you think it does, then you get one & leave others alone about it. Same for “smart meters”. And handcuffing someone over such a thing!? Wait a few years and the guilty sting of that memory will send those officers onto the couch or into the bottle. Live and let live, and let people choose how to live within the parameters of harmlessness. Simple. Kind. Functional.

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  9. wendy Colby says:

    If these are the meters that techs can read from their trucks you are speaking of they are standard issue in New Mexico whereIlived for 15 years they never asked they just came and changed the meter one day said they had repairs and upgrades to make and started reading the meter long distance.I wonder how many other places have them and just don’t know?

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  10. Kris Stevens says:

    SMUD, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, will not allow residents to “opt out” after a particular time period has passed. Since most folks don’t even know about the dangers of RF emissions, SMUD’s stance is unacceptable.

    PG&E on the other hand, WILL allow customers to “opt out”. There is a fee.

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  11. Nancy Crom says:

    My government has no business telling me what I can or cannot have in my home-or attached to my home. Keep this junk away from me!

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  12. Here in Gwinnett County GA they just said they were doing it, and as far as I know they did – my meters are on the side of the house outside the fence. Your headline is deceptive – are any of these meters IN a house? In the story we find that they are on the outside of a house, but may be inside a gated yard. It’s not clear to me what the objection is. The purpose of the technology is to allow the meter to be read from a truck on the street instead of by the driver climbing into the shrubbery – this saves time and money. With the meter behind a gate, it also saves the delay of the driver verifying that there is not a dog that may not like him.

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  13. pat mchale says:

    pleass all people wake up and don’t let utility copanies put smarl meters on your property
    with out your permission.

    here in florida they are casuing all types of physicalk problems for the people living in these homes.

    for myself i have all types of alergies and cannot take this.

    please let all the officials know about thie. it is been shown where it doesn’t not save the home owner any dollars only the utility companies

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  14. rr says:

    this is America land of the free and home of the brave what right does any one have to place any thing connected to your personal home if you dont want it! When did we loose our rights, in 2008! Smart meters are nothing but a form of control which is what the Democrats want. Remember dictatorship starts at the top and is forced down our throats even if we dont want it, but remember we are in America and suppose to be governed not controlled!

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  15. Tom Leach says:

    We have had “smart meters” on our house and barn for a few years and have not experienced the problems mentioned in your statement. It was nice not to have company trucks and meter readers on our property. I am sure the savings experienced by our power company have helped to keep our rates low (0.084/kwh)

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  16. Clyde Miller says:

    I would like to know if these so called smart meters cause any harm inside our home, and are they different than typical radio waves? Please let me know as soon as possible. In the mean time I will contact our lawmakers and send them a letter or E-mail with this info as well as my wishes. Thank you for all the info you provide.
    Clyde Miller

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  17. There are smart meters and there are smart meters. Our local utility has a unit that transmits for a few seconds every 4 hours. I have confirmed this with an RF meter. They are using the meter for its intended purpose, to measure the use of electricity, not as a surveillance system

    Most of the dangerous meters are also surveillance systems. A meter used as a surveillance system either needs storage capability or the ability to transmit data on a frequent interval or continuously. Electricity is billed on a monthly basis, therefore an electrical meter only needs to transmit for about 30 seconds once a month. There is no need for meters that pose health risks when the risk can virtually be eliminated by changing transmit interval.

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  18. We do NOT want a Smart Meter and have told our Jemez Mountain Electric Coop to NOT take our analog meter away from us. We have a sign next to the meter and have a Chain around it to let them know that we are serious. We have sent a legal notice to the local Coop and to the HQ office, too, regarding our intentions. Our two neighbors here in this small mountain community have had smart meters installed; they use their homes for vacations and were not around to see that the smart meters were installed.
    It seems to us that we should be able to read our own meter and tell the Coop what the numbers indicate.
    Thank you very much for this helpful email. We will forward it to friends in Maine & Oregon.
    Glen Thamert & Myra Maher – POB 368 – Jemez Springs, NM 87025

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  19. Rosetta Johnston says:

    I was another resident in Naperville, Illinois that was threatened arrest. Even with medical issue and support from our medical doctors naperville said they didn’t care. We were told “WE (Naperville) will have 100 per cent complience. That is not a statement I ever thought I would hear in America.

    I have a smart meter, because the fee charged for the other meter is not an option for me. I feel that as long as ther eis a law suit in play residents who object should not be forced to comply with something that could be a health risk.

    Smart meters here in Naperville were never brought before residents and asked for our input. I am beyond angry…..

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  20. Carol says:

    This info might have been nice to have had BEFORE my electric company changed out all meters in their area: about 2 years ago!
    At that time, I could not think of a reason to object, but in the recent past, (several months) I have seen at least three articles regarding the danger of these meters.
    How can I dispute it’s need and have it changed for the old style?

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  21. Cheryl Terry says:

    Citizens in this country should not be forced to allow installation of smart meters that can seriously damage their health. Utility companies along with the AMA and FDC are notorious for lying about the toxicity of products and technical innovations that come from special interests who line their pockets to gain access to us and our rights. Forcing smart meters violates the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When people start to become ill from this technology, no one is going to be willing to pay the medical bills for the people’s lives they destroy. In addition, it is absolutely offensive to be penalized with an exorbitant fee for not allowing these meters. Where do these exploitative and twisted policies come from?

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  22. G.W. Cheney says:

    I understand the concerns people have for the safety of smart meters, but shouldn’t those who opt out shoulder the extra cost of monthly visits and manual input of data? With the economy as it is costs keep going up and somehow seems unfair for everyone to pay higher energy costs to subsidizethose requiring special consideration. I guess the elections have opened my eyes a little. Everyone wants something but they don’t want to pay for the service. Taxes can’t cover everything, no one is willing to pay more taxes right now, and companies have no intention of stiffing their stockholders of even a penny of profit even if it’s the right thing to do. Something has to give. We need to take personal responsibility for things right now and pay our way once in a while. Either that or accept the additional fees and taxes needed to cover everyone regardless of whether or not we want it. At least by accepting a higher cost personally we insure that others, struggling to make ends meet just like us, won’t have to pay for our sense of entitlement. If I’m off base as far you are concerned, then quite possibly you are one of those who feel their entitlement is more important than that of others.

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  23. Edward Valkanet says:

    I believe that this is an invasion of privacy, and a violation of civil rights . This forces a person to have a device that they may feel is harmful to thier health put upon their private residence.

    Please do Not Allow this to be forced upon people.

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  24. Ron Hildebrand says:

    A further thought about smart meters:

    Meters for apartments or condominiums are usually grouped together for several, or even many units. Those living immediately adjacent to such a grouping of meters would receive many more times the RF than someone with a smart meter on a single residence. It doesn’t do much good for that individual living adjacent to a group of meters to opt out, if even a few of the other residents allow smart meter installation. Legislation has to be written to take into account the rights of those exposed to these even higher levels of RF in these situations.

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  25. Joni Nicodemus says:

    I can tell and it is very real about these E.M. F. ! We are electical beings & these will cause disturbance in our bodies! We have so much adversity already! Toxic, poison water! Our food is only a mere replica of the foods of yesteryear that use to keep us a healthy people! NO feeble people in the land!!! NO way should we HAVE to pay for something dangerous like these Wireless meters which of course is no brainer they would cause our bodies harm. Why must the customer always take the hits costs & detrimental side effects! Really tired of being your guinia pigs

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  26. Donnamae Grannemann says:

    There are serious questions about the amount of radiation which is emitted from the “Smart Meters”. Many of us have enough items in our homes already, and to add to it may not be in our best interest.

    Please support the passage of a law prohibiting utilities from charging customers a fee just because they want to opt out of having a smart meter installed on their property. Thank you!

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  27. Timothy Garner says:

    I am just wondering when will all the madness end, and our government is really concerned about the health of this nation and it’s citizens?

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  28. Gail House says:

    I do not want one of these new smartmeters.

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  29. Lou says:

    “The Tribune reports there is a $68.35 initial fee for the alternative meter plus a $24.75 monthly fee for manually reading it.”

    Here is what I will say when confronted with the monthly reading fee.

    “I will deposit in advance an approximate yearly amount of my estimated bill IN ADVANCE with the electric company. Say my average monthly estimated bill is 50.00; I will deposit 600.00 IN ADVANCE; it is your to use interest free. At the end of the year I will mail in my reading of my electric meter. My meter will only need to be read by me once a year

    Let us say my bill works out to be 550.00; I will send you 500.00 for the next year (550 estimated in advance minus 50 over payed last year).

    If the electric company refuses this more than generous offer, I will protect myself from the “smart” meter with aluminum foil or what ever works. I will go as far as doing without electric power from this “company”.

    I WILL NOT be poisoned by a “power meter”!

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  30. Kathryn Huss says:

    I resisted having a Smart Meter installed. I was told that I had two choices: they could either replace my old meter, or just remove it, leaving me w/o electricity. I grumblingly allowed them to install it. Much to my surprise, I love it!! Only once in the past three years has the City resorted to rolling brown-outs; for alternate one-hour periods. Apportioning the power across the City sure beat going w/o power for extended periods.

    But the major benefit is that the power company has also given me a Tendril monitor, which allows me to monitor my power usage by appliance; by the hour; by the day. Using that, I have figured out how to save the max on my power bill. Reportedly my electricity bills are now 58% lower than averages homes my size in this area. I like it!!

    I have no clear idea about the health risk claims; but from a monetary viewpoint, I’m glad the power company forced me into using their Smart Meter. It has saved me hundreds of dollars — and taught me a lot about the way I use electricity.

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  31. Richard Emery says:

    why are the electric meters not like the water meters and only respond to a remote read request when the vehicle drives by.

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  32. Sylvia Black says:

    The issue having to do with these supposedly ’safe’ devises is similare to the first machines TSA used to sreen airline passengers. At the time telling the public that they were safe, there was no appreciable threat of radiation and that they never saved the images. None of these statemensts turned out to be true.

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  33. joy says:

    My friends is a doc who invented something to overcome the frequency

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  34. What kind of communism is in place with the fully corrupt police state and illumianties kicking into full speed. Wow they want us dead slowly. Sorry no smart meters in this house. We can get free energy now that’s been hidden from the rocket fellers 70 Years ago. Well a revolution is coming and many more wars. I’m ready to fight. No means no Demond’s burn

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  35. Michele says:

    If arrests are over access to energy devices on private property, utility company needs to put meters on public land where no encroachment exits. With wireless technology ruling there is no sound reason a meter needs to be connected to private domains. An arrest over access to energy meters v restraining order over access to private property begs a basic question, “does a person own his land or property in America or not?”

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  36. Heather says:

    This is the same RF that cell phones, the radio in your car, and any home wi-fi network runs on. In populated areas, such as Naperville, the signals are not stronger than what comes from any of these sources. I find it unlikely that these individuals are not using a cell phone, listen to a car radio, or go places with wi-fi (like Starbucks).

    With smart meters, the utility company no longer has to send someone to read a meter – saving both the person’s time and the gas needed to get there and idle the vehicle while the meter is read. Smart meters should be embraced for this reduction in greenhouses gases alone. The extra cost is to send someone out. If a person who declines a smart meter does not pay for it, the rest of us do. I don’t want to pay for someone else requiring greenhouse gases to be emitted when no one profiled thus far have removed themselves from other wi-fi sources which are just as prevalent in our society.

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  37. Roxanna l Rutter says:

    Very informative of a frightening violation of privacy rights and human rights for safety and health.
    Thank you. This will be forwarded, posted, and I am taking action now. Blessings to the women in Illinois who stood their ground. I commend them for their strength, integrity, and willingness to uphold their rights as human beings.
    With Gratitude,
    Roxanna L Rutter

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  38. Mary Ann Pastore says:

    This has negitive effects on our health as does GMOs, and the Wall Street Banks “UNTOUCHABLES” STEALING OUR MONEY. This is a part of AGENDA 21, which I understand has been stopped in California. American’s need to stand up to the FRAUD, ABUSE by those who control our Gov. Officials. Manipulation, poisoning of our FOOD, LAND AND AIR. Stop the Keystone Pipeline, and FRACKING ! IT WILL NOT BENEFIT AMERICAN’S monitarily or health wise.

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  39. julie hinson says:

    The study showing the hazards of Smart Meters is frightening. Once again the politicians and the big companies are pushing us around and forcing these killers on the public. It’s hard to fight but, I have opted out of smart meters at my home in Calif.. of course we have to pay to opt out but, I don’t care. I do not want these electromagnetic poisons around me or my family. Let’s fight the heck of of this lunacy.

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  40. Jan Ochs says:

    Can you say “Corporatocracy”?

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  41. Vince Gutschick says:

    Smart meters help with wise energy use, thus, with ameliorating climate change, which is the biggest threat ever to human health and continued livability of the planet. I encourage the use of smart meters and other positive technologies. Concerns about our exposure to RF waves are touted widely, with citations of wild impacts and ramifications. These claims must be judged wisely, and I consider the risks minuscule. Our cell membranes are not good RF converters. I have a lifelong concern with good scientific judgment. I am a career scientist with a Ph. D. in chemical physics and 35 years of experience in biology, including ecophysiology and global change. There is the only the tiniest evidence of effects of RF waves, and lots of trickery (remember the 4 or 8 cell phones positioned to boil water or cook an egg? Those videos were faked, with a microwave oven waveguide repositioned upward, as the hoaxers admitted on YouTube). There are dozens of things most people do in a single day that are far more risky than having a smart meter or even using a cellphone, including driving (with a cellphone!),…and even eating excessive supplements, esp. of antioxidants (see, e.g., The Myth of Antioxidants, in Scientific American, Feb. 2013 issue). Making a dramatic case out of an extremely tenuous health issue does not advance the cause of better health.

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  42. Frank Ettenberg says:

    This is the first time I’m reading about ’smart meters’. The article above doesnt describe what the meter is designed to do; i can only guess. I read about highly questionable actions on the part of the police but no reasons where given as to why they did what they did. Please write this again in view of what this article unintentionally omitted. Otherwise, this article reads as an irresponsible alarmist piece, which fails to raise the public’s awareness about what’s at stake.

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  43. Steven Purdy says:

    from an educated friend who LIVES IN NAPERVILLE:

    Really ridiculous. There are plenty of people in town who opposed the smart meters who simply signed the form saying they didn’t want it. These women & their group have been obnoxious about their opposition to it. Though most people agree arresting these women was a bit extreme, it is totally absurd (and apparently some news sources are REALLY taking advantage of the publicity to forward their own agendas) that this is even still newsworthy. You would not believe the lengths to which the city went to decide whether or not to even do the smart meters, the amount of town hall meetings, seminars, blah blah blah that were available so that people could complain, learn a bit more about them, etc. The fact remains that after ALL of that, the majority of the city thought they’d be a good idea, and these women who know EVERYTHING about the smart meters didn’t know they were supposed to fill out the form…?????

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  44. Paul Lamb says:

    I want the State of New Jersey to offer a bill that allows residents to opt out with out a fee and to have meters taken out that are allreday installed’

    Sincerely
    Paul Lamb

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  45. dell says:

    So, if they install a smart meter, just don’t pay the bill. You don’t need electricity that much, do you?

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  46. Anne Dick says:

    Ignorant people in California are also blocking these environmental friendly meters which put out less radiation than a cell phone.

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  47. Jeff Markus says:

    If you have a disagreemnet with a potentially energy saving system (smart grid technology) you should be willing to live WITHOUT electricity. Those who fear the RF communication method should also throw out their cell phone (a MUCH greater threat ), their cordless phone, their garage door opener and many remote controls commonly used in their home.
    Alternatives that can be reasonably explored would be hard wired telephone line systems that would not use RF communication but if someone wishes to ‘opt’ out they should shoulder the costs not expect to force their neighbors to pay for these expenses.
    The hypocritical techno-grouches that fight any advance in energy technology yet gab for hours on their cell phones with their progeny on their laps are displaying their inability to rationally approach the social and environmental changes we will need to keep us from being buried in our own waste products be they sloid, liquid or gaseous.

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  48. J M Clark says:

    We have been immersed in radio waves since the birth of radio communications. Commercial radio and television operates in both the HF, VHF, and UHF regions. Amateur, Fire, Military, and Police radios operate in the same regions. And then you have your home WiFi and Bluetooth networks, as well as cell phone networks. And, oh yes, don’t forget your cordless telephones that operate in the 2.4 and 5.8 GHz spectrums. And, opps, I almost forgot Dish and Direct TV, as well as all those active radar systems.

    Our electrical grid is based on 100 year-old technology, which explains why we have so many power outages. We should have switched to a smart grid 50 years ago, but change comes hard for some people, even when they will benefit from the change.

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

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  49. Sandra says:

    My electric supplier never told us that they would be installing smart meters. Did not give us the opportunity to decline. I came home from work one day and the meter was installed.

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  50. I disliked to have smart meter in my home. I hate someone wake me up every notes. I really want to remove it out of my townhouse a.s.a.p.

    Thanks,

    Ms. Ahern

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